On the 21st May 2021 we will issue three new tracks from the South East Asian percussion supergroup Asiabeat.
The band under the leadership of master drummer/percussionist Lewis Pragasm, chalked up considerable success in the 1990s and 2000s with their special brand of Jazz-Rock.
Their releases were mostly instrumental. Now Lewis has come up with a new chapter in the project. He has produced several vocal tracks to add to a forty year anniversary album due later this year. The introduction to the project will be a three track EP with two versions of a well known song from the region and a vocal version of one of the band's popular releases from Asiabeat's back catalogue.
Matilda Radge (c) Songwrights Publishers
A remake of an old song by the multi-faceted legendary Malaysian artist extraordinaire P. Ramlee. It’s a very sad and touching love ballad that’s been given a 1950s type cool jazz
arrangement. This song has never been done this kind of 3/4 or 6/8 light swing-like manner rendering a cool version version this old song. There are two interpretations of this tune, one sung in Bahasa Malaysia and the other in Spanish with some slight
variations in the music arrangement.
The Malay version is sung by Malaysian vocalist Matilda Radge whereas the Spanish version is sung by Cuban vocalist Maivys Sahily. The Spanish lyrics are written by Maivys.
Originally written as an instrumental piece, vocals were added when Cuban singer Maiviys Sahily started humming along to this Latin tinged tune. I wanted to try and see what it would sound like as a vocal tune and asked her put lyrics in Spanish…It worked.
Percussionist Steve Thornton shares the percussion stage with me on this one.
Mountain Records - Hamburg