A video of a band playing a popular Hari Raya song in a Catholic church yesterday has gone viral, earning praises from netizens.
The 27-second video shows the band of the Holy Family Pilgrimage Centre Nulu Sosopon in Keningau, Sabah playing Suasana Hari Raya after Sunday mass while several altar servers were removing candles.
According to The Star Online news portal, choir leader Harry Wong said that the four-man band decided to play the classic Raya song to spread love and solidarity during this festive season.
“It’s Hari Raya and we wanted to enjoy the festivities, and at the same time we wanted to show that it is not wrong to play a Hari Raya song in a church to mark the occasion,” he said, adding that he would be happy to see other churches in Malaysia displaying a similar show of solidarity.
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Wong, 45, was surprised the video went viral as he said it is normal for the church band to play festive songs during celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya.
Posted on Facebook yesterday by Melissa James Madan, the first day of the Aidilfitri celebrations, the video received positive comments.
“I am proud to be from Sabah. We are made up of different races and religion but we respect each other. Although we are not from the same religion, we come from the same roots…. Keep up this spirit for the next generation,” One’z Afiq said on Facebook.
“This is why Sabahans are having a strong relationship even though we hold different beliefs and thoughts – cause we have respect and love for each other!” added Ryn Musindra Soong.
Madan’s original video has garnered almost 20,000 views so far.
If favourite Hari Raya songs were listed, Suasana Hari Raya, the child duet classic by Anuar and Ellina of the 1980s would surely make that list.
The song was composed by the prolific Datuk Adnan Abu Hassan while the lyrics were written by top lyricist Habsah Hassan.
Although the song is more than 30 years old, the impact is still felt to this day and continues to be relevant so much so that the younger generation enjoy it.
Three-time Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) Best Male Vocal winner Anuar Zain told The Rakyat Post recently, “Coupled with the song’s melody, which is catchy and the lyrics that described the atmosphere of the celebration itself, made the song well received by listeners and fans.”
He added that every time the song was played, he was thankful that it still has a place among Malaysians.
“Ellina and I feel fortunate to have a great song which is listed as one of the great evergreen Raya songs,” said the 45-year-old singer who hails from Merlimau, Malacca.
Enjoy the duet classic by Anuar and Ellina.