Asia’s forgotten musical gems rediscovered on vinyl

By Nyshka Chandran
Reporter

Publishedduration50 minutes agoimage copyrightFariz RM/Hitam Manis Recordsimage captionFariz RM, a huge star in Indonesia in the 1980s, is enjoying an international revival thanks to vinyl reissues

As the vinyl market experiences booming demand, crate diggers are spending time and money to re-release forgotten musical gems around Asia and beyond.

Fariz Rustam Munaf, a prolific multi-instrumentalist better known as Fariz RM, was a household name in his native Indonesia during the 1980s.

Back then, both teenagers and adults grooved to his signature brand of jazz fusion, which incorporates elements of spacey disco and Brazilian samba.

Today, contemporary record labels are re-releasing his music for a new generation of listeners, with DJs routinely mixing his hit songs with electronic genres, such as Balearic house, at underground parties from Jakarta to Ibiza.

"Being reissued is a great compliment," says the 61 year-old. "It's a new period of my career. I feel like I've been reborn."

Figure captionWarning: Third party content may contain advertsRescued from obscurity

Around the world, artists such as Fariz RM are enjoying a resurgence of popularity thanks to the boom in reissues.

Record labels and curators are increasingly devoting significant resources to re-releasing tunes from earlier decades on vinyl, CD, cassette and on digital formats, in the hope of turning them into collectors' items.

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