Rahimah Rahim (singer)

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Rahimah Rahim
Born (1955-12-09) December 9, 1955 (age 62)
Singapore
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1970s- 1980s
2006
Spouse(s) Mohamed Noh Hussein (m. 1977-1988)
Remy Taib (m. 1994)
Children Pearl Nur Hida
Amalyn
Parent(s) Rahim Hamid
Mariam Baharum
Relatives Ogy Ahmad Daud (cousin)
Ahmad Daud (uncle)
Saadiah (aunt)
Musical career
Genres Pop, ballad, world music, traditional music
Instruments Vocals
Labels Senada Records
Josal Records
EMI

Rahimah Rahim (born December 9, 1955) is a retired singer from Singapore. She has released 12 albums.[1][2]

Rahimah is the daughter of Rahim Hamid, a singer from the 1950s, and Mariam Baharom, an actress.[1][2] Her uncle is singer Ahmad Daud.[3] She is the eldest of four children. She had her first acting rôle at age six, when she played a little rich girl in Korban Kasih. As a child, she would perform with her father on television and in nightclubs. She performed in the television show Pak Awang Temberang (Mr Awang Temberang) in the 1960s.[1] She also had film rôles as a child in Masuk Angin Keluar Asap and Kasih Ibu.[3]

She released her first album, entitled Mana Ibumu (Where has your mother gone?) in 1972, when she was 17. Her hit songs include "Doa" ("Prayer") and "Gadis Dan Bunga" ("Lasses And Blooms").[1] Other of her albums include Gadis Dan Bunga and Bebas, both of which were produced by Johari Salleh and went gold. Her singing career took off in 1974 when she was the group champion and the grand champion in Kim Koso Talentime in Japan. She has since represented the SBC in the ASEAN Song Festival and in the Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan. She has sung in Malay, Indonesian, English, and Japanese.[3][4]

She married footballer Mohamed Noh Hussein in 1977, with whom she had a daughter, Pearl Nur Hida, in 1978, and whom she later divorced in 1988. Her second marriage is to bank officer Remy Taib, to whom she was, as of 2006, still married. They met at a party in 1989, and married in 1994.Amalyn,their daughter was born in 1995.[1]

In 1989, she went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Upon her return she retired from singing full-time.[1][5] From 1990 to 1997, she ran a hair and bridal salon. As of January 2009, she had been workin since 2003 as a customer relations officer at a maids agency.[6]

Although she has performed on occasion for special events, most notably as a guest performer on Singapore Idol in September 2006, where her namesake, Rahimah Rahim, was a contestant, she has stated that she has no plans to come out of retirement.[1] Her 12th album, Awal & Kini (Before And Now) was a compilation of her greatest hits, released in October 2006.[1][2]

Rahimah is often recognized by customers at her place of work.[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Teo Pau Lin (2006-12-11). "The simple life". The Star. Star Publications (M) Bhd. 
  2. ^ a b c "A 'rolling good time' with Rahimah Rahim". Channel NewsAsia. MediaCorp Pte Ltd. 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Zieman (1987-01-25). "More than just a singer". New Straits Times. p. 3. 
  4. ^ In 1987,represented Singapore at the World Song Festival in Tokyo,Japan.1970s and 1980s,She had performed at former The Neptune Theatre,Mandarin Hotel,Mandarin Hotel,Club 392 and in the Hilton hotel chain across the region.She was also Singapore ambassadress with Singapore Tourism Board in the 70s and 80s performed in Europe,Asean Countries,Hongkong and Australia.
  5. ^ Nash, Manning (1994). "Islamic Resurgence in Malaysia and Indonesia". In R. Scott Appleby and Martin E. Marty. Fundamentalisms observed. University of Chicago Press. p. 734. ISBN 9780226508788. 
  6. ^ a b Juliana June Rasul (2009-01-17). "Excuse me, are you that Rahimah?". AsiaOne. Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Rahimah returns; From 70s siren to Anugerah judge, veteran singer's happy to be back in the spotlight". Today. Singapore: MediaCorp Press Ltd. 2005-11-16. 
  • Ahmad, Azman (2003-07-07). "Rahimah Rahim returns". Malay Mail. Financial Times Ltd. 
  • Ahmad, Huraizah (2003-08-27). "Brunei: Walking down memory lane with Rahimah Rahim". Borneo Bulletin. Financial Times Ltd. 
  • Chua, Dennis (2006-06-04). "First Lady of Song still has the magic". New Straits Times.