Sean Ghazi Introduces Gelora, Alongside Ida Mariana.
Close to 56 years after the original track “Gelora” was recorded by national icons P. Ramlee & Saloma for the film ‘Seniman Bujang Lapok’, SEAN GHAZI has released a reimagining of the well-loved song, introducing longtime collaborator IDA MARIANA, along with a brand new video directed by Tate Mario Ghazi.
‘Gelora’ is the first single outside of Sean’s debut album, SEAN GHAZI ‘SEMALAM’. The music was recorded in the United States, with vocals recorded in the US and Kuala Lumpur. The track features a new ’fever-esque’ arrangement by Sean’s US band—the ’Stylo Mylos’ during his tenure in the US.
“The idea for the arrangement came to me while performing in P. RAMLEE THE MUSICAL in 2007, where I played the lead role,” Sean explained. “Over the years I have performed it live with a variety of duet partners but only just took the plunge to workshop it properly when I was living in the US.”
He explained that he had always wanted to record with longtime friend and collaborator, Ida Mariana - a well known fixture in the local jazz scene. Ida had joined him in Portland Oregon, for a concert in Washington Park in 2015 and while she was there, they worked closely with the American musicians to craft a steamier version of the song.
Following the launch, Sean and Ida also announced their three-day showcase performance at The Gardens Theater, Mid Valley City, on September 6, 7 and 8.
GELORA - The Tarakucha Big Band Extravaganza!
Dates: 6,7 & 8 September 2017
Venue: The Gardens Theater at Mid Valley City
Tickets: www.tix.my RM170 / RM125 / RM100 / RM70
‘Gelora - The Tarakucha Big Band Extravaganza!’ will be staged as part of the DiverseCity Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival (KLIAF).
It presents TARAKUCHA! - a high-styled, high-octane big band act with a vintage Malaysian twist - Sean’s very own brainchild that celebrates Malaysia’s musical heritage with songs by the nation’s greats including P. Ramlee, Sudirman and Jimmy Boyle. Classic songs are presented with humor, class and pizazz while taking inspiration from global influences and the band also features their own original compositions written and performed in the same fun retro style.
With Sean who sings lead vocals with Ida, TARAKUCHA! features a 10-piece ensemble of some of the finest Malaysian musicians led by musical director, Nish Tham, with supporting act by The Kuchettes - Izlyn Ramli, Maya Tan, Ruzana Ibrahim, Suhaili Micheline & Sabrina Hassan.
Sean hopes music and culture enthusiasts will come to watch ‘Gelora - The Tarakucha Big Band Extravaganza!’, joining in the excitement whilst supporting his aspiration to bring the sounds of vintage Malaysian music to a global audience, seeing the need to play a role in keeping some of the country’s musical heritage alive.
“I feel like some of Malaysia’s classic material belongs in the international repertoire - and if I can play my part in securing a place for a classic P.Ramlee tune next to the ‘My Ways’, ‘Sways’ and ‘Unforgettables’ of this world, then that would create an elevated position for our musical heritage, and keep it alive on a global platform.”
The ’Gelora’ Video
The video for ‘Gelora’ was directed by TATE MARIO GHAZI, Sean’s brother, who was also responsible for bringing the music videos for ‘SEMALAM’ and ‘KU IMPIKAN BINTANG’ to life.
The video has reached 80,000 views only a week following its debut on the @tarakuchaband Facebook page. Visually, the video was shot in colour, but against the backdrop of a stark white soundstage, giving the illusion of a black and white film. The black and white contrast of the set can be said to be a nod to Sean’s first music video ‘SEMALAM’, however the decision surfaced as a result of adhering to a strict budget.
Sean wanted everything about ‘Gelora’ to be lean and mean, and it made sense, particularly with all the technical considerations that come with making a video.
“The overall aesthetic was not to lock ourselves down in a recreated retro world, but rather to sit in a stylistic grey area. It has a retro feel, suggestive of a time gone by, but is also clearly contemporary,” said Sean.