Penang’s Forgotten Scene

April 2011 PHOTO ESSAY
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Penang’s always had a vibrant music scene, none more so in the 1940s and 1950s. The introduction of cinema and radio led to an unprecedented boom in the local industry, allowing popular music and local talents to flourish. Penang’s famed multiculturalism introduced a diverse range of musical styles, influenced by local cultures, Western pop music, British colonialism and the Japanese Occupation. From the Shanghai Hotel to New World Park to the Runnymede and many more, Penang had no shortage of...

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