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Datin Saidah Rastam

Former litigation lawyer, music producer, composer and lecturer

Keynote Speaker

No Messiaen Please, We're Malaysian:
In Search of Malaysian Music

Keynote abstract for MusEd’21

Currently a study is being carried out on behalf of a government ministry to find out “What music best represents Malaysia’s music identity”? This extremely wide question is not new: over the years it has taxed, among others, politicians and policy-makers, advertising and arts funding agencies. Saidah Rastam explores this question in the context of Malaysia’s history, nationalism, pluralism and lack of resources, and considers future musical creativity in Malaysia.