I made my online purchase today of Lagukan Senandung Itu, a novel by a good friend of mine, cikgu Khairul Hafiz Abdul Rahman, who writes under the pen name of Serunai Faqir.
Cikgu Chai as we call him is an avowed culturalist and aside from being a Seni Gayung Fatani practitioner, is a full-time Gendang Silat player and instructor. He has coached many a novice to play the gendang, the serunai and the gong, principle instruments in the ensemble that accompanies a traditional silat performance.
In his novel, he illustrates the life of an unorthodox traditional music player. Unorthodox because she is a lone female in the realm of a masculine profession. That's where the challenge begins for her.
I can't wait for the book to arrive, which I'll review here when I'm done.
If you're interested to find out more about him, his book or even listen to him play, please visit his blog at http://gemalakasturie.blogspot.com/