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Kassim Masdor, composer of classic P. Ramlee songs, dies of pneumonia, aged 76

Published on Jan 22, 2014 4:34 PM
 
Veteran Malay music composer and musician Kassim Masdor, a prolific artist best known for the music in many classic Malay films, has died of pneumonia at Singapore General Hospital on Monday night. He was 76. -- FILE PHOTO: BH

Veteran Malay music composer and musician Kassim Masdor, a prolific artist best known for the music in many classic Malay films, has died of pneumonia at Singapore General Hospital on Monday night. He was 76.

Starting from the 1950s, Kassim had written more than 400 songs, many of which have become evergreen hits sung by many classic Malay singers such as Saloma, Ahmad Jais, Ahmad Daud, Kartina Dahari and Sharifah Aini. About 200 of them were collaborations with Cultural Medallion winner Yusnor Ef, who would write the lyrics to Kassim's melodies and arrangements.

Speaking to Life! at the wake, Yusnor, 76, said that he is saddened by the loss of an "old friend", whom he first collaborated with in 1959 on Kasih Sepanjang Masa (Love For All Time), sang by Fazidah Joned.

"To me, he is a great composer, second only to P. Ramlee. When he works on a song, he is never concerned about boosting his own popularity or how much money his songs will bring him. It is more important to him that his songs touch the listener's soul."

 
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