Commissioned by Shell Ltd. to produce a series of drawings and paintings to commemorate Malaysia’s formation in 1963, Hoessein Enas produced “Malaysians”, an iconic series of works which featured a cross-section of Malaysian society and included cultural performances from all the major ethnic groups in the country.
To celebrate this wonderfully inclusive work, ILHAM is pleased to host diverse Malaysian traditional performances presented by PUSAKA.
The Mah Meri are one of the 18 tribes of Orang Asli (indigenous people) living in West Malaysia and are known for their wood carvings, impressive masks, and the richness of their songs and dances. One of the most well-known dances of the Mah Meri people is the mask dance called Mayin Jo-oh – a traditional dance performed to invite the ancestral spirits, or muyang, to join in the festivity.
DATE: SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 3PM
The music and dance of the Portuguese-Eurasian community of Malacca are characteristically cheerful and vivacious, using instruments such as guitars and tambourine, accordion, tambour or the Malay rebana. In Malacca, some songs of the Portuguese-Eurasian community are sung in old Portuguese that has been passed down orally by master singers. Others are sung in Kristang, also known as Papia Kristang — the local creole language derived from old Portuguese mixed with Malay words and grammatical structure.
DATE: SATURDAYS, 12 DECEMBER, 5PM
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