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PUBLISHED: Jul 17, 2015 6:00pm

I was lucky to record Suasana Hari Raya, says Anuar Zain (video)

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SHAZRYN MOHD. FAIZAL By:
Shazryn Mohd. Faizal

Composed by Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan with lyrics by Habsah Hassan, Anuar Zain (pic) and Elina's Suasana Hari Raya continues to be a popular favourite amongst Malaysians. — File pic courtesy of Anuar Zain Network

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 17, 2015:

If favourite Hari Raya songs were listed, Suasana Hari Raya, the child duet classic by Anuar and Ellina of the 1980s would surely make that list.

Although the song was more than 30 years old, the impact is still felt to this day and continues to be relevant so much so that the younger generation enjoy it.

Singer Anuar Zain described himself as someone who was lucky enough to be given the opportunity by his record label at the time, EMI, to record the song together with Ellina.

Still fresh in his memory, Anuar remembers how easy the process of recording the song in the Redifusion studio in Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur was, in April 1984, the same year the song hit the airwaves.

“We did not encounter any problems during the recording, in fact it was a very exciting experience that I recall until today.

“Especially during that time, not a lot of great songs were recorded by children and we were both seen as pioneers at that time.

“Coupled with the song’s melody, which is catchy and the lyrics that described the atmosphere of the celebration itself, made the song well received by listeners and fans,” said Anuar at length when contacted by The Rakyat Post recently.

Perhaps there are some who did not know, the song was the creation of prolific composer, Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan, while the lyrics were written by the country’s top lyricist, Habsah Hassan.

The three time Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) Best Male Vocal winner added that every time the song was played, Anuar was thankful that it still has a place among Malaysians.

“Ellina and I feel fortunate to have a great song which is listed as one of the great evergreen Raya songs.

“For that, I have to thank Adnan and Kak Chah (Habsah) and also Ellina because we share something quite historic in our lives,” said the 45-year-old singer who hails from Merlimau, Malacca.

As an experienced singer, Anuar  could not hide his desire to record a new Raya song, if given the opportunity to do so.

However, he said every new Raya song produced should be given the space and opportunity, so that it can be enjoyed with an open mind.

“It should be noted, the new song is produced for the present era and old and new songs should not be compared. Raya songs are also not produced frequently.

“For every song produced is individually significant to the composer, lyricist and singer for the production was made based on their own perspective.”

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