Google Doodle celebrates Singaporean-Malaysian singer, film actress, trendsetter and a fashion icon better known by her stage name Saloma (سالوما) on November 25, 2020.
Who was Saloma (سالوما)?
Salmah binti Ismail (سلمه بنت إسماعيل) was born on January 22, 1932 in Pasir Panjang, Singapore. She became notable in the late 1950s. A trend-setter of Malaysian entertainment from the late ’50s through the mid ’80s, Saloma recorded more than 500 songs, and through her charming film work she prepared for people in the future of female entertainers in her nation.
Saloma (سالوما) became the third spouse of the multi-talented movie actor, director, singer, musician, writer and producer Tan Sri Datuk Amar P. Ramlee after their marriage in 1961.
During her adolescence, Saloma delighted in singing. She would ordinarily share her contemplations of becoming a singer with her sister, Mariani. At the early age of five, Saloma was at that point singing with the local road groups. From that point, her longing to become a singer became considerably more.
Saloma was significantly known for her vocal capacity in singing, which was portrayed as “lemak merdu”, (a full, rather thick but sweet voice). She was signed with EMI music records and from that point forward has released various EP’s, for example, Dendang Saloma (1957), Bunga Negara (1963) and Aslirama (1972). A few of her most mainstream songs all through her career including ‘Selamat Pengantin Baru’ and ‘Bila Larut Malam’.
During the mid 1950s, Saloma’s fantasy profession to become a singer didn’t go the manner in which she had needed. All things considered, she began her career as a film actress, offered by Nusantara Film.
Her first film was entitled Pelangi (Rainbow), which got positive reviews among the crowd. From that point onward, she got a few offers from Nusantara Film to act in different movies.
Saloma additionally adventures in acting professions when she acts in a few movies, for example, Azimat (1958) and Kaki Kuda (1958). Some of her most vital roles as an actress was in Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961) as Cik Salmah, Ragam P.Ramlee (1964) and Ahmad Albab (1968) as Mastura.
After Saloma’s prosperity as a singer and furthermore an actress, Shaw Brothers studio chose to give her a more commercial name. She got her stage name dependent on the film ‘Salome’ featuring Rita Hayworth. In the exact year, Saloma joined Panca Sitara, a band led by P. Ramlee.
Saloma (سالوما) started singing at seven years old and was a professional singer when she was in her adolescent years. Her singing was more in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day. While she became an actress later on, she generally said she favored singing to acting.
As a singer, Saloma honed her abilities with Orkes Fajar Murni, led by Yusof Osman, during the early year of her career. She was likewise engaged with another symphony, Panca Sitara, during the 1960s.
In 1978, Saloma was awarded by the Malaysian government at Kecapi Awards as title Biduanita Pertama Negara (First National Songbird) for her contribution towards the music industry in Malaysia and the title Puan Sri in 1990, as the spouse of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. P. Ramlee.
Saloma (سالوما) died on 25 April 1983 at 48 years old brought about by liver failure related with jaundice.
The Saloma Bistro and Theater Restaurant at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur was opened in 2003 and named after Saloma out of appreciation for her contribution to the Malaysian entertainment industry.
On November 26, 2020, Google observes Saloma with Google Doodle to perceive the day in 1978, Saloma (سالوما) impacted the world forever when she was awarded Malaysia’s first Biduanita Negara (National Songbird) by the Malaysian government of the time.