S'pore jazz guitarist Farid Ali dies in KL

31 December 2013 / 2 years 9 months ago

Veteran Singapore jazz guitarist Farid Ali died yesterday evening at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where he has been based since 1993.

According to an article in The Sunday Times, details of the exact cause of his death are unclear, but Farid is said to have had a history of kidney problems and also lost his hearing at one point. He was 50.

Tributes to Farid, who has performed at international music festivals and also fronted progressive blues band Pacific Rim before leaving for Malaysia, were posted on social media platforms.

In a post on his Facebook page yesterday evening, home-grown jazz pianist-composer Jeremy Monteiro called Farid's death "a huge loss to the Singapore and Malaysia music scene".

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Monteiro, who had worked with Farid for 20 years, said: "By 6.45pm, I started getting phone calls and SMSes from people who knew him well.

"I'm still in shock actually."

While attempts to reach Farid's family were unsuccessful, Monteiro said his friend was able to recover only part of his hearing in the last two years after undergoing an operation.

"He was determined to start performing again. That was how dedicated he was to music," he added.

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