Wishing everyone a "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, Minal 'Aidin wal-Faizin & Maaf Zahir/Lahir Batin" - The occasion will not be complete without the song from the next album in our Hari Raya collection. This is from 1966 by the group Sri Arjuna that featured "Musafir Di Aidil Fitri" for the first time. The EP also introduced the recorded voice of S. Jibeng and S. Latifah (as Latifah) for the first time. This will be the last Hari Raya album featured in MN for this year. Hopefully more to come next year, God Willing.
Just added a 1977 compilation LP of Hari Raya songs by Various Artists. Titled "Bergembira Di Hari Raya" contains the usual Hari Raya staples including two new songs (also now staples) by Sharifah Aini ("Suasana Di Hari Raya" and "Hari Yang Mulia") and a duet by Sharifah Aini & Hail Amir ("Bisikan Hati Di Hari Raya").
So far two reissues can be found in CD format, one in 1994 (Mat Jimat Series) and another in 2004. The latter version included "Takbir Raya" at the beginning and at the end of the CD as well as two additional songs not found in the 1994 reissue and the original vinyl LP. The two songs were "Dari Jauh Ku Pohon Maaf" (Sudirman) and "Cahaya Di Aidil Fitri" (Black Dog Bone).
Just added a 1970 EP by Aini Latif & Salim I. with The Wisma as the backing band. Primarily a Salim I. & The Wisma album with Aini Latif only appearing on the title track "Selamat Hari Raya", which, IMHO one of the most underrated Hari Raya gem.
Just added a 1978 LP from Halil Chik & Trio Manja (Aida Ahmad, Hamidah Ahmad & Jamalia Arshad), the seasonal favourite "Selamat Hari Raya" produced and arranged by S. Atan.
Just added a 1976 EP by "Empat Suara LIFE" (as indicated on the actual vinyl, nowhere on the sleeves) comprising of Fatimah Razak, Salamiah Hassan, Zalifah Ibrahim & M. Daud. Containing one Hari Raya song "Aidil Fitri" (also used as the album title) by the combined voices and three solo songs by the individual artists with the exception of Salamiah Hassan. Produced by M. Daud.
Just added a 1972 EP by the combined vocals of M. Shariff, M. Daud Kilau & Zalifah Ibrahim backed by Orkes Wanda. Titled "Selamat Hari Raya", produced by MMI (Malaysia Musical Industries Sdn. Bhd.)
Just added a 1981 Hari Raya album by Various Artists namely Gaya Zakry, Noorkumalasari, Rosemaria, Sharifah Aini, Zaleha Hamid, Aman Shah, Aziz Ahmad, D. J. Dave, Sudirman Hj. Arshad dan Kumpulan Black Dog Bone. Entitled "Album Hari Raya" comprising of some new and some previously released songs. Plenty of your evergreen seasonal favourites here.
All the Ramadan/Syawal albums moved out from "Various Artists" into their own folder titled "Ramadan & Syawal Specials" - and all the previous compilation albums are now FREE TO STREAM (apart from some non-seasonal albums containing Hari Raya tunes). More Hari Raya themed EP/LP coming soon this festive season.
Just added a 1965 EP "Selamat Hari Raya" by Fazidah Joned. Although containing only one Hari Raya song, but it's one of the most well-known and beloved Hari Raya ditty written by Kassim Masdor & Jins Shamsuddin which originated from this EP. Unfortunately, I could not salvage the song "Tudong Periuk" from the EP, so here's hoping there's a kind soul out there that will be willing to contribute.
Just added an album of Hari Raya (Aidil Fitri) songs from EMI released in 1973 - "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri" is perhaps one of the most essential collection for the Hari Raya genre, containing ten of the most well-known and staple Hari Raya songs ever recorded. Tracks on Side A were specially produced for this LP, whereas the tracks on the B side were previously released in EPs/LPs of the respective artists.