Songs at the Dawn of a Nation (Part 2)
In an effort to rescue and archive audio treasures to create a repository and preserve an important part of Malaysia’s intangible heritage, Director of Penang House of Music, Paul Augustin, together with journalist, deejay, and music enthusiast Daryl Goh will present a session of vinyls and recordings from Malaysia’s past while sharing their crate-digging adventures in old and dusty stores, junk shops, and houses searching and sifting through mountains of stuff! Listen and hear the stories of the songs and recordings rescued and retrieved from before, during and after the birth of a nation – Malaysia! Expect rarely heard songs from the mid-1900s accompanied by a brief background of the songs.
“Songs at the Dawn of a Nation” was first held at Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur under the title “Jumpa Dalam Reban”, attracting a sizable listening crowd of more than 200 people. In 2019,“Songs at The Dawn of the Nation” was held at the George Town Festival and attracted a good crowd.
About Penang House of Music
The Penang House of Music is a labour of love under the Penang Musical Heritage Project (PMHP), inaugurated by the Capricorn Connection in 2007. PHMP has been documenting the diversity of the local community’s cultural and musical traditions before George Town’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still, the renewed interest in the state’s musical heritage following the listing has boosted PHMP’s good work.
What started as a passion project has since culminated in two exhibitions at the Penang State Museum in 2010 and 2013, many talks, performances, and the publications of a book “Just For The Love Of It – Penang’s Popular Music 1930s – 1960s”.
In line with the Penang State Government’s aim and vision of establishing a heritage and creative arts city, PHMP believes that the establishment of the Penang House of Music presents a strong and credible musical history from which the older generations can enjoy a glimpse of the past, and where the young generation can draw inspiration.
With the above vision in mind, Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), with the support of the Chief Minister of Penang, awarded a grant of RM3 million over three years for the establishment of The Penang House of Music, which was instrumental in seeing the project come to fruition on 21st November 2016.
The Resource Centre also acts as a focal point for musicians, scholars, academicians, students, and others interested in Penang’s history while creating a larger network of organisations to celebrate the state’s abundant heritage.
The Penang House of Music is truly a celebration and acknowledgment of the work and achievements of past musicians. We hope to be a creative “home” for past, present, and future musicians to congregate and share their journeys. We hope to instill awareness and pride in the talent and beauty of Malaysian music and musicians.