Since the early week of fasting season we’ve already seen the streets and malls in Malaysia decked in Eid al-Fitr spirits with all the colourful ‘Raya’-themed decorations and evergreen ‘Raya’ songs playing over the radio.
Every year, there will always be new Raya songs out during the Ramadan month. However, many Malaysian listeners still prefer the Raya’ songs from the oldies compared to the new ones.
This is because, many felt that the modern rendition of ‘Raya’ songs does not bring out the festive spirits as compared to the songs from the golden era of oldies. Here, we have listed out 15 classic ‘Raya’ songs that are loved by many. Enjoy!
1. Saloma – Selamat Hari Raya
The all time classic Raya song is none other than “Selamat Hari Raya” by the late Malaysian songstress, Saloma. This song is simple yet catchy, but that which is widely known by every Malaysian regardless of their ethnicity or race. The lyrics of the song are simple and easy to sing, it sings of what the Raya celebrations are all about. It is always the first song every parent or school use to teach the children during Eid al-Fitr, as the beat and the lyrics of the song are easy to remember.
2. Sudirman – Balik Kampung
Another classic Raya song that is widely known by all races in Malaysia sung by the late Dato’ Sudirman Bin Haji Arshad, the famous Malaysian singer and songwriter. The song relates to ones’ feelings journeying back to their hometown. Although the song does not specifically mention that the journey home is for Raya, it is however always played on the radio during the Ramadan month. Plus, it is a song that everyone loves to listen to when they travel back to their hometown.
3. M.Nasir – Suatu Hari Di Hari Raya
A powerful yet meaningful song performed by Singaporean-Malaysian singer, Mohamad Nasir Mohamad, or better known as M. Nasir, the song is about one’s gratefulness towards the Almighty God for giving them the opportunity to celebrate the happy and joyful occasion of Raya together with their loved ones.
4. Sharifah Aini – Suasana Di Hari Raya
A beautiful and joyous Raya song sung by the recently departed Dato’ Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar. The song is about how one welcomes his or her guest during Hari Raya. A simple and wonderful song with soothing and melodious voice of Sharifah Aini that can get everyone singing and dancing to the rhythm.
5. Black Dog Bone – Cahaya Aidilfitri
Black Dog Bone is a Malaysian band that was well-known in the 90s. One of the famous songs they sang was the bitter and sorrowful Raya song, “Cahaya Aidilfitri”. The song is a heartbreaking piece and is dedicated to those who lost their parents and are unable to celebrate the Raya festival joyfully due to the loss.
6. Rafeah Buang – Bila Takbir Bergema
Also a classic Raya song sung by the late Singaporean singer, Rafeah Buang. This song is told through a mother’s point of view as she tells her siblings to prepare for Raya and decorate their houses. The mother also asks her children to wear their new clothes and greet their father and grandmother on Hari Raya, bringing an air of nostalgia to the festival.
7. Noorkumalasari – Pulang Di Hari Raya
Noor Kumalasari is a famous Malaysian singer and actress in the 60s. She is also the paternal sister of Malaysian diva, Anita Sarawak. During her fame tenure, she released a Raya song called “Pulang Di Hari Raya” which is also an all time favourite classic. This song also tells how one should be thankful to God for giving them the chance to return to their hometown and celebrate Hari Raya with their family and friends.
8. Rahimah Rahim – Selamat Berhari Raya
A Singaporean singer who was famous in the 70s and 80s, her song focused more on family as it is about how one should never forget those who have passed on and always keep in touch with those who still remain on Eid al-Fitr.
9. Ahmad Jais – Selamat Hari Raya
A ‘Pop Yeh Yeh’ singer famous in the 60s and 70s, his song is also very simple yet memorable. The lyrics of the song describe that Hari Raya comes once a year, so we must forgive each other and ask for one’s forgiveness during this humble festivity.
10. Hail Amir & Uji Rashid – Seloka Hari Raya
The duo from the 70s, Uji Rashid is a renowned Malaysian singer who is often involved in duet performances. Her duet partner for her famous ‘Raya’ song, “Seloka Hari Raya” is Hail Amir a Penang singer. Their song is about a pair of couple about to visit the house of a female companion during Eid al-Fitr.
11. Junainah M. Amin – Suasana Riang Di Hari Raya
Junaidah, another female singer in popular in the 70s. with her appealing voice, she sang the song “Suasana Riang Di Hari Raya”, a song told from the perspective of a sister asking her younger sibling to get ready for Eid al-Fitr and greet the friends who came to visit. The song also tells how one should forgive and forget and celebrate the occasion with delight.
12. Azlina Aziz – Indahnya Beraya Di Desa
Azlina Aziz, another acclaimed Singaporean-Malaysian singer who sang the ‘Raya’ song, “Indah Beraya Di Desa”. Her song calls upon those who work in the city to return back to their hometown and celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their family.
13. P. Ramlee – Dendang Perantau
A romantic and sad song sung by the notable Malaysian film actor, director, singer, songwriter, composer, and producer, Tan Sri P. Ramlee, an icon of Malaysian and Singaporean entertainment industry. His song is about a man who rekindles memories of his beloved during ‘Hari Raya’ where he met her in his hometown and never sees her again after that.
14. DJ Dave – Menjelang Hari Raya
Datuk Irwan Shah Abdullah, better known as DJ Dave which is also one of the most famous singers in Malaysia. His song describes the colourful and beautiful atmosphere of ‘Hari Raya’ as the people dress up in bright and colourful traditional outfits for the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
15. Siti Nurhaliza – Sesuci Lebaran
A slightly modern song of ‘Hari Raya’ sang by prominent Malaysian singer Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza in 2008. The song is a modern ballad and is fairly accepted among the listeners due to its fetching tune and deep lyrics. The song is also about how everyone should enjoy ‘Raya’ happily and be grateful to the Almighty God. It also encourages everyone to practice the act of forgiveness among friends and family during Eid al-Fitr.