CC 2014 #20 Malaysia
Producer, Commonwealth Connections
Musical director On Bin Jaafar and marketing man Shafie Bin Ahmad introduce us to Zapin music that arrived with Arab Islamic missionaries in the fourteenth century. It’s a traditional dance performed by pairs of men and women. The styles vary depending on what part of the country you’re in, and people from Johor are fiercely proud of their own particular style – they use a Malay drum called a Rebana that adds weight to the music, providing strong impetus for the dancers.
We take a break and head outside to the tropical heat for lunch – which is a traditional dish of fish head curry, blisteringly hot chillis and soup.