Monday, 26 May 2014

Holiday in Japan

There's no holiday in Malaysia today but there's Holiday In Japan, representative of a series of new sounds that were emerging from a country that was recovering from the ravages of the Second World War and finding themselves liberated from traditional music forms. Although the new music was recorded and produced in Hawaii, they featured Japanese bands and sometimes bands of mixed nationalities, playing "new songs of freedom from the past" from Japan and around the East Asian region.

Take, for example, this seven-inch extended play vinyl record. There were just four tunes here but listeners can definitely recognise Yie Lai Shan as Chinese, Bungawan Solo as Malayan or Indonesian and Dahil Saiyo as Filipino. It is still possible to buy or listen to Holiday in Japan through music streaming services.

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