Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

The Fabulous Falcons
July 4, 2021, 6:38 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Midnight Express

Way back in 2015 or 2016, before I started collecting the records that would eventually spawn the blog you are reading at his very moment, I used to trade CD-Rs with people all over the planet. There was a guy in Japan who had a GeoCities website that focused on singles from Southeast Asia. I believe his name was Yoshi. Unfortunately, in the intervening years I have lost his information. But this song was the first track on a CD-R he gave me. I spent years tracking down this single.

The Fabulous Falcons were from Ipoh – not to be confused with The Falcons (K. L.) from Kuala Lumpur. This is The Fabulous Falcons first single. They released one other instrumental single and they recorded two singles with Les Lee on vocals and one with Rubia Lubis on vocals.

Catalog number EE-001 on Tigerphone of Malaysia, released 1965.

A. Aziz & The Addend Boys
July 13, 2012, 6:31 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Mera Yaar Bhadha Sharmila

Funny… The last single I bought from Malaysia also happened to be cover versions of Bollywood songs. But where as that single was note for note recreations – and all from the same film – A. Aziz & The Addend Boys have transformed their versions into garage rock gems. This track was originally recorded by Mohammed Rafi for the film “Milan Ki Raat“.

Unfortunately, there is zero information on the record sleeve or the record label. If you have any information on A. Aziz & The Addend Boys, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number EP 018 on Rose Record. No further information available.

M. Shariff & Bombay Orchestra
February 14, 2010, 8:14 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne

The film songs of Bollywood are the pop music of India. It is only in the last couple of decades that the film industry of India has come to the attention of the Western World, and even more recently – Hollywood. But those films – and the songs contain there in – have influence music around the world for many years. The films have been popular in Africa, Asia and the Middle East dating back to the 1950s. Besides being popular with Indians who have migrated around the world, millions of non-Indians enjoy Bollywood films for many years.

I have seen an Israeli album of filmi songs in Hebrew. Then there is a live album by Usha Uthup that was recorded in Nairobi. I have a Malay pressing of S. Hazarasingh album and a South African pressing of Van Shipley album. As for M. Shariff, I have seen one other single by him performing songs from the film Bobby, on what is apparently his own label.

If you have any further information about M. Shariff, or his Bombay Orchestra, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number MSF 5020 on M. Shariff Scope Trading of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. No release date listed

Band De-Fictions
August 23, 2009, 4:46 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Hidup Untok Chinta

Jenaka Si-Iseng

Instrumentalia was not just limited to Indonesia, but can also be found in neighboring Malaysia – although with notably different results. The best example of this – at least in my opinion – is Band De-Fictions.

The band were from Muar, Malaysia – about halfway up the Malay Peninsula between Kula Lumpur and Singapore on the Straight of Malacca. They got their start as the backing the singer A. Halim as part of the Pop Yeh-yeh movement of the early 1960s. The band released a handful of singles, as well as a few albums before going out on their own. As far as I know, they only recorded two albums, both for the Tatex company – that also released The Brothers Hawk album Let’s Do The Funky.

According to the Google translator, the members of the band were S. Dina on lead guitar, Zaideen on rhythm guitar, Idris Talib on organ, Wahid H. on drums, Kassim on percussion and A. Murad on “guitarist behavior”? Not quite sure what that is. Air guitar? But if I had to guess, I’m thinking that A. Murad must have played bass guitar.

If you have any further information, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number TLP-1010 on Tatex Records of Singapore. No release date listed.

A. Romzi dan The Hooks
November 16, 2008, 10:04 am
Filed under: Malaysia

Dendang Remaja

When I finally decided to start hunting down the vinyl that would eventually become this website, this record was in the first batch, along with a S. Hazarasingh record and a very odd album of Thai Modernized Music… Actually, that’s a lie. My first batch of records were three Chang Siao Ying albums. I don’t count them, because I no longer have those. But this was definitely the first seven inch single of non-Western pop music. And as you can tell, I bought it solely for the cover.

The seven inch single has to be the perfect format. It’s short and to the point. If you are musician and you are only going to be able to record two (maybe three or four) songs, you’re definitely going to pick you’re ‘A’ material. And the cover… I think some of the greatest artwork ever conceived has measured only seven by seven inches square.

In this day of mp3s and i-tunes, the long playing album seems to be losing the battle. There appears to be a shift back to the single, now that the record companies have figured out a way to sell you just one song (with no manufacturing expenses). To be honest, I have never really been a huge fan of the LP. On most albums, there is always some filler. Maybe it’s because I have such a short attention span, I don’t know. And the advent of the CD player only made skipping those songs that were only “so-so” into a nervous twitch. Next.

As for A. Romzi dan The Hooks, they were part of the “Pop Yeh-Yeh” movement of Malaysia and Singapore at the time. They recorded a handful of singles, this one being their first and most popular. A. Romzi later became a solo artist, and released records into the Seventies.

Catalog number EGEP. 626 on Parlophone / EMI of Singapore, released 1967.

The Barons
June 24, 2008, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Malaysia



The Barons were from Johor Baharu, Malaysia.

Johor Baharu, also spelled Johor Bahru, Johor Baru, or Johore Bahru and abbreviated as JB, is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. It is within walking distance from Singapore, and is one of the largest cities in Malaysia.

I haven’t been able to find any information about the band. As far as I know, this is their only single. I do know that the band members were: Eluna Edrus on vocals, Azmi Mohamed Khir on lead guitar, Adnan Mohamed on rhythm guitar, Mohamed Matta Abdullah on bass and Aziz Mohamed Khir on drums.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number KSEP 5002 White Horse Record of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. No release date listed.

The Planets
June 24, 2008, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Malaysia

The Chase

Dreams of the Past

The Planets were apparently from Malacca, which is southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca, in Malaysia.

I have not been able to find any information about the band.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number TWEP – 201 on Tai Wah Record Co. No other information available.


Since this posting, I have been contacted by Leo Playa. His uncle Anton Thomas, who most people called “Sonny”, was the lead guitarist of the band. Sonny passed away in July of 2009.

Los Caballeros
June 23, 2008, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Malaysia

Cha Cha Dracula

Los Caballeros were from Malaysia.

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states in Southeast Asia. The name “Malaysia” was adopted in 1963 when the Federation of Malaya (Malay: Persekutuan Tanah Melayu) Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak formed a 14-state federation. Singapore withdrew from Malaysia in 1965 to become an independent country.

The country consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea:

Although politically dominated by the Malays, modern Malaysian society is heterogeneous, with substantial Chinese and Indian minorities. Malaysian politics have been noted for their allegedly communal nature; the three major component parties of the Barisan Nasional each restrict membership to those of one ethnic group. The only major violence the country has seen since independence was the May 13 racial riots in the wake of an election campaign based on racial issues. Nonetheless, Malaysia is considered to be a model of racial harmony

A small number of Eurasians, of mixed Portuguese and Malay descent, speak a Portuguese-based creole, called Papiá Kristang. There are also Eurasians of mixed Malay and Spanish descent, mostly in Sabah. Descended from immigrants from the Philippines, some speak Chavacano, the only Spanish-based creole language in Asia. This may explain the name of the band, and the fact that they use the word “señor”.

As far as I know, Los Caballeros only released one other single. And with the esception of this song, all of the other songs on this record are covers of Western songs performed in English.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number FL 121 on Tung Po Records. No other information available.


Since this posting, I have been contacted by Massimiliano Tittarelli. Here’s what he had to say:

Dracula It’s a cover in broken Italian of Renato Rascel – Dracula cha-cha. Closing theme of the movie Tempi Duri Per I Vampiri (aka Uncle was a Vampire, 1959) starring Christopher Lee in person. I’m just wondering how this song landed in Malaysia… here’s the movie dubbed in English or here the final in the original Italian version on youtube you can find also a version by the famous Italian crooner Bruno Martino.