Zubir Said 107th Birthday


    Today Google Singapore provided me with some insight into the history of Singapore with the display of their “Zubir Said” Google Doodle. Zubir Said was born on the 22nd of July 1907 in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia and passed away on the 16 November 1987 at the age of 80 in Singapore.

    Zubir Said

    Zubir Said is most known for his part in composing the National Anthem of Singapore. Also known as “Majulah Singapura” translated to English  it means Onward Singapore.

    Zubir Said is also remembered for his composition “Semoga Bahagia” (“May You Achieve Happiness”) which was aimed at primary-school students, advising them to work hard for their future. It has become a Children’s Day song for Singaporean children, and is thus often sung in schools on 1 October. It is also performed during the Singapore Youth Festival.

    Zubir Said is estimated to have written about 1,500 songs, including those written for Cathay-Keris Film Productions’ Malay films in the 1950s and 1960s. Less than 10% of these songs were recorded. On 22 August 2007, Zubir Said family signed an agreement with Universal Music in Malaysia for the latter to manage his works. The copyright in the songs remains with his family.

    Zubir Said Google Doodle

    The Doodle was displayed in Google Singapore on the 22nd of July 2014. Zubir Said took center stage in the Google Doodle with a portrait cartoon in the center of the doodle, he is surrounded by music notes suggesting that the doodle is about a musician or composer!