Today I decided to make a video for Debu Di Hati. For those of you who lived through the 80s in Malaysia, chances are you would have come across this song. It was part of the soundtrack for the movie Ali Setan.
A little snippet on Ali Setan:
Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin
Azmil Mustapha, Ogy Ahmad Daud, Ebby Saiful, Shah Rezza, Liza Abdullah, Allahyarham Izi Yahya, Tan Sri Jins, Sheila Majid, etc.
|Ali and Asmidar|
Two songs came out from this movie to become huge hits. The first is Wajah Rahsia Hati, sung by Ogy Ahmad Daud, composed by Bob Khalil, lyrics by Habsah Hassan. The second is Debu Di Hati, composed by Azmi Abdul Rahman, also known as Cahaya Pena, lyrics also by Habsah Hassan.
Now who can forget that scene by the paddy fields? Where Ali sat with his guitar, singing Debu Di Hati (singing voice: Ebby Saiful). Although Wajah Rahsia Hati shared a bigger portion of the limelight, Debu Di Hati became somewhat of a cult hit. I for one was really in love with this song. I can't remember exactly when I first saw Ali Setan, but my guess would be somewhere in the late 80s. I must've been about 8 or 9 years old. And later on as I grew up, I would revisit the movie once in a while, and I remember really enjoying Debu Di Hati, perhaps even more so than Wajah Rahsia Hati.
|me circa 1986|
Debu Di Hati was the first song by Azmi Abdul Rahman to get published. He started out writing as Azmi, but later on as he flourished more and more as a songwriter, he decided on a pen-name, from the late 80s onwards, Azmi was better known as Cahaya Pena. (For more on Cahaya Pena, visit http://cahayapena143.blogspot.com) A young man, new to the music industry at that time, he must not have expected Debu Di Hati to develop the kind of following it has today. But throughout the years, the song grew and grew, touching lives and staying in the hearts of its fans.
I for one, never imagined that one fine day I would chance upon this man as I journey through life. And yet, our path crossed and as destiny would have it, we fell in love.
Now, everytime i hear Debu Di Hati, or whenever I come across it on the internet, I get filled with a sense of pride. I'm proud of you Abang, always and forever....