Raja Kobat Sallehuddin – the loyal traditionalist

Readers of SembangKuala would have read a post on the attributes of a Paduka Seri published in September 2009, written by YM Raja Kobat Sallehuddin, who is currently a consultant editor for SembangKuala.

The Many Faces of Raja Kobat

The many faces of YM Raja Kobat Salehuddin.

The editors wondered how Ayah (as they would call him, although his army and polo club friends would call him by the monicker Roger K!) Kobat immersed himself in the subject of Malay history and traditions. Ayah Kobat happily elaborated to us, “It was way back in the early 70’s. However, it may well have been before that, as since I was in my teens, my fervent and ever supportive mentors in this subject were my beloved Atah (Ku Nick) Razman, Atah (Panjang) Shahriman, and Cikgu Ahmad Manjang of Kota Lama Kiri, who was a retired headmaster and lover of Perak-Bugis history, along with my grandfather’s valet, Pak Tahir. My other mentors later included the penghulu of Manong, when my Perak Riverine mentors and I frequently roamed the Perak River basin in my red Austin Mini Cooper 998cc to keenly search and compile whatever surviving information and data of historical and traditional values that remain in the desa at that point of time in Perak. My history patrons and strength are still the Almarhum Sultan Idris II and my Atah Ku Nick.”

Raja Kobat’s other known talent to many is music, as he has been a composer and lyricist for many years. Since 1979, following his first recorded Malay pop composition sung by the late Datin Rafeah Buang was released, Raja Kobat had written, to date, 201 recorded songs. When asked what his music styles are, “I see myself as a composer and lyricist of Malay pop, Malay-Latin-Arabic music and irama Melayu klasik.” Lately, he has been actively involved in the Indonesian music scene. “My latest composition Alun Si Awek Muda sung by Bidadari (a trio from Jambi) produced by Pak Ngah Productions will be released in Jakarta on November 19th 2009. However, the distribution by Warner Music Indonesia is currently limited for the Indonesian market.”

YM Raja Kobat Sallehuddin is a retired captain in the military and is the brother of the present Raja Di-Hilir Perak, DYAM Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa. We at SembangKuala are grateful for Ayah Kobat’s immense contribution to this website. As for his willingness to lend us a helping hand with articles and arranging interviews with notable members of the family, we remember him describing himself at a late evening sogheh session, “I am a Perak loyalist and a traditionalist!”

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For any readers who are interested in listening to YM Raja Kobat’s latest compositions for Bidadari, you may download the mp3 files here:
Alun Si Awek Muda
Di Pinggir Kayangan

7 thoughts on “Raja Kobat Sallehuddin – the loyal traditionalist

  1. Salam Kekanda Kobat/Engku2 editor,

    Amatlah patek berbangga dengan kejayaan kekanda YM Raja Kobat yang sesungguhnya amat dikenali satu ketika dulu di era 70an sebagai seorang komposer dan artis yang disegani. Sehingga kini pun kita masih lagi dengar lagu2 Raja Kobat berkumandang di radio2 seperti lagu “Kain Pelikat” (Anuar & Elina), Penyakit Cinta (Sharifah Aini dinyayikan semula Oleh Mas Idayu), DiPinggir kayangan (Sharifah Aini) dll.

    Disini saya ingin mencadangkan/mohon kepada editor2 jika boleh, diberi kemudahan kepada sesiapa yang melawat blog sembangkuala (dengan diperkenanankan oleh YM Raja Kobat)untuk down load lagu-lagu YM Raja Kobat yang semakin dilupai.. dari album-album hits contoh Sudirman, Anita Serawak, Aman Shah, DJ Dave dan ramai lagi. Atau seperti yang dinyatakan diatas tentang projek terbaru YM Raja Kobat bersama Pak Ngah tentang lagu-lagu beliau yang telah diyanyikan oleh cewek2 “Bidadari” dari Jambi Indonesia.

    Mohon sangat-sangat dipertimbangkan.

    Tkasih.

    RMuzafar(Lumut)

    • Salam Ayah Muz

      Kami akan cuba sebaik mungkin – tetapi ini memerlukan salinan lagu-lagu Ayah Kobat yang asal, dijadikan mp3 dan diupload ke host online – dan boleh menimbulkan masalah dari segi undang-undang copyright! Susah jugak nak cari lagu-lagu Ayah Kobat di internet. Cuba ke http://muziknusantara.com/ (dahulunya http://www.hamlau.com). Di sini terdapat beratus lagu-lagu Melayu di mana Ayah Muz boleh menggunakan keyword ‘Raja Kobat’ di search engine laman web tersebut, (at this very moment, patek tengah dengor lagu ‘Apa Dikesalkan’ sung by Anita Sarawak – streaming pakei RealPlayer). At the moment, Ayah Muz kena tahu the specific song titles and do a search. InsyaAllah akan jumpa lagu-lagu yang dicari.

      -M.

  2. brader raja kobat, as salam. saya Pyanhabib. apa khabar brader? semoga brader sihat dan kuat (iklan milo, hah ha!)
    lama tak jumpa. nak jumpa sangat-sangat.
    jom kena teh kat kopitiam melawati, jom! saya tinggal kat hulu klang. sms saya (atau call, suka hati la): 013-3635725
    -Pyanhabib

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