Kartina Dahari

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Kartina Dahari (c. 1941 – 30 April 2014) was a Singaporean Malay singer and entertainer who was a fixture on television and radio from the 1960s to the 1980s. Dahari, who was nicknamed "queen of keroncong," a type of Malay folk music popular at the time, was best known for her hit single, "Sayang Di Sayang" ("Lover is Loved"), which was composed by Zubir Said.[1] She was the first Malay language singer to record English language songs, releasing four EPs, two LPs and four singles in that language.[1]

In 2009, Dahari was awarded a Golden Award (Perdana Emas), which was presented to her by former President of Singapore S. R. Nathan. She was also the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award, which was bestowed on her in 2010 by The Composers and Authors Society of Singapore. Her last public performance took place at the Esplanade, Singapore in 2013.[1]


Dahari was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. She died on April 30, 2014, at the age of 73.[1] She was survived by three children and three grandchildren.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sunawan, Riz. "Popular Malay entertainer Kartina Dahari dies". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 

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