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Andrew Zohn visited Kuala Lumpur in 2015 to undertake a short artist-residency at UiTM and wrote this work for that occasion.  The thematic and structural material draws inspiration from the song Kenek-Kenek Udang (hit the shrimp), from the film Gergasi (1958).  Like Getaran Jiwa, this song was composed by P. Ramlee, but written in the Negri Sembilan dialect.  The festive song tells about the Malay wedding culture, which includes banquet food of shrimp and beef.  In his composition, Zohn contrasts the celebratory elements of the song with serious departures that add a fresh perspective on color, texture, rhythm, and ornaments.

On a Malaysian Song by Andrew Zohn

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