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Ukulele video from Brunei, in Malay

15 2009

A new language to add to the Ukulele & Languages collection !

I got a very pleasant surprise today as a reader from far-away Brunei, a tiny country on the island of Borneo, bordered by the Malaysian state of Sarawak , contacted me to submit a ukulele song in Malay (Bahasa Melayu) dedicated to Ukulele & Languages.

The video is a cover of a song called Gadisku (My Girl) by Malaysian Rock band Search.  Elmi is playing the ukulele and Shasha is playing the bass. Greetings and thanks to the members of Brukulele in Brunei !

For the language lovers, here are the lyrics to Gadisku

Gadisku

Seri mewangi bagai disiram selautan kasturi

Gadisku

Termanis senyummu biar ku telan selautan hempedu

Dialah gadisku selalu

Tak peduli kata orang terhadap dirinya

Aku tahu dia gadisku

Tak peduli nista yang terlempar padaku

Dia tahu dia gadisku

Cinta kan bermakna jika sama saling memahami

Cinta kan bercahaya jika disulami cinta suci

Gadisku

Terindah padamu kerna tak pernah meminta selain cinta

Dialah gadisku selama-lamanya

Dikala hidup ini rasa tak bermaya

Dia datang membawa harapan

Dikala hari-hariku menjadi gelita

Dia datang membawa cahaya

Cinta ku bermakna kerna sama saling memahami

Cinta ku bercahaya kerna disulami cinta suci

Gadisku…

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9 Comments »

  1. Acilius on the 15th of October 2009 @ 21:56

    I’m glad they did this for you! Shasha’s voice is a very nice surprise. Now I have to look up “Search.”

  2. Armelle Europe on the 15th of October 2009 @ 22:04

    Acilius, you should search for Amy Search, the lead singer of the band. Here is a link to a live performance of Gadisku by Search : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQBPKIRmGkU
    Felt weird to search for Search when writing the post ;)

  3. Al on the 15th of October 2009 @ 23:08

    To my shame, I only learned where Brunei was a couple of weeks ago. I used to think it was in the Middle East.

    Seeing a ukulele next to a bass is hilarious. Like an optical illusion.

    Acilius: Don’t do it! Searching for “Search” can break the internet. Like Googling “Google”.

  4. Shasha on the 16th of October 2009 @ 01:26

    Hi Acilius, thank you for the very kind comment. :)

    Armelle Europe, thank you again for posting our video. We love the website and it’s concept!

    Al, that’s exactly why I decided to play the bass and not guitar. We would’ve played with a soprano uke instead for added effect but we didn’t have it on us at the time. Love your website too!

  5. Arjer Posey on the 16th of October 2009 @ 03:42

    Lovely video, great performance! A good combination of the male voice taking the lower parts and the female voice taking the higher parts. Well done for representing Brunei!

  6. Armelle Europe on the 16th of October 2009 @ 12:50

    Al : I used to confuse Brunei with Bahrain in the Middle East too, until my children got a toy called Globe quizz which is very good for revising Geography ;)

    Shasha : Thank you so much for sending the video and for the positive feedback. Hope you’ll do more vids in the future !

    Arjer : Glad you enjoyed the video !

  7. Acilius on the 17th of October 2009 @ 04:55

    @Armelle: Thanks for the link! That’s quite a performance.

    @Al: Thanks for the link! I can imagine IT types I know trying to covince people of that. Some of them I can imagine believing that.

  8. sarahwaffles on the 8th of July 2010 @ 22:48

    this is awesome! i’m not the only Bruneian who has a ukulele. very nice song. both of you are amazing. bravo!

  9. Armelle Europe on the 9th of July 2010 @ 12:49

    Sarah : Glad to read that there are more ukulele players from Brunei!

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