Datin Saidah Rastam
Former litigation lawyer, music producer, composer and lecturer
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.