Lemang Music


on 17 Jul, 19:51


Past Event
25 Jul - 26 Jul
21:00 - 0:00

Markiza & Peter Hassan Brown have been performing and recording for many years now in London and Malaysia.  Between them they have released altogether

8 albums in  UK and Malaysia.  They are the nucleus of the band Soft Touch and are often joined by Wong Lip Kee who has been the band’s guitarist since 2004, and currently is helping with their latest recording project, a series of songs about different social issues: refugees, justice, human rights and the threat to the environment and vulnerable species

Markiza & Peter

Markiza & Peter

Their single Like a Polar Bear was released in 2012, followed by Ecopocalypse in March 2013 to commemorate Earth Hour, and last year Losing Nature, about a natural jungle park that is turned into a building site.  This track has now been made into a music video by Khai Bahar.

The couple’s earlier albums Open Secret (1993) and Love & Music (1996) have  now been remastered and all the tracks are available as free downloads.  The Soft Touch Full Album (2006) is also available, as are all songs from Peter Brown’s early analogue albums from 1979 onwards.  Visit http://www.lemang.com to access all this music.

Currently (2015) Peter has a new solo album out called “BLUES” on CD Baby:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterbrown2 .  The 14 tracks include some arranged songs and some pure acoustic numbers.   This album is also available as a physical CD, and outlets where it can be purchased are available on the website (below)


You Tube  http://www.youtube.com/user/markizaandpeter

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/markiza.brown or http://www.facebook.com/MarkizaAndPeter

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on 6 Jun, 00:46

Book Launch of STRINGS a novel by Peter G. Brown

LAUNCH OF STRINGS a novel by Peter G. Brown


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Tuesday 6 June, 9 pm, Gaslights Café & Music, Unit 15-2, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara, (above Neroteca Restaurant) Kuala LumpurFree admission (no transparent collection jar) some food provided. Drinks sold at the counter. 

Self-published by Xlibris this novel has several drawbacks: first it is rather long, over 800 pages.  This is because it is rather self-indulgent writing, but hopefully historically accurate as it is set 50 years ago in 1967.  Anyone who was alive in this year will know that it was a famous year of changes in Western society where things got a lot more liberal to the extent of being libertarian.  How the main character – indeed all the characters deal with this new-found “freedom” is the stuff of the narrative.  It deals with the inner and outer life of the young men and women in the fore ground, who are musicians and their girlfriends.  I suppose it is heavily influenced by the “stream of consciousness” style of authors such as Proust, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Lowry, as well as Thomas Mann, D. H. Lawrence, Herman Hesse and Dostoevsky – not the sort of stuff any publisher worth his business would ever publish today. Yes, editors, you will HATE this book.


Song performance to fit the time by Markiza & Peter, and others if they want to come and do an open mic – songs preferably late nineteen sixties and early seventies (or your originals) – just turn up (by 8.00 pm) and play (from 9 – 10 pm).                                              

Strings available from Silverfish Books, Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur (so far) or as an e-book (see below) – much cheaper  than the physical version, but if you like to turn pages then a copy is priced at RM60 (which is half-price) but bring a bag as it is quite heavy!


Then the author will read an excerpt from his work and a spiel and answer questions about the Grande Oeuvre…  and the historical background:

The story line: it is 6th June 1967.  Feeling depressed in the aftermath of his final exams at the University of the South Coast, UK, Colin Ogilvie goes to the Union Bar and buys a beer.  There he gets into a discussion about the 6 day War between Israel & the Arab countries which has just begun, which side will win.  Colin fears this conflict might lead to a nuclear war between the US and Russia.

After walking in some fields nearby, brooding about his problematic relationship with his girlfriend, he goes back to the university and this time meets up with Simon Neilson who is playing the piano in a music room.  Simon is the lead guitarist of probably the University’s best student band.  Colin is a classical violinist so they have something to talk about. They go back by train to the city and this leads to an extraordinary adventure which changes the course of his life.

A message from the author:  I have always been a literary dreamer, and this is finally the product of my dreams.  It has taken a long time to create from its rough draft beginning in 1985 through the transfer to the computer and editing from 2006-2012.  Then another period when I had to go through the text and thoroughly put right all the little and not so little errors.  That finally ended at the end of last year (2016). It was the most horrifying and tedious period.  Also thanks to the helpful ladies in Xlibris for assisting me and giving me a prod every so often to do what I had to do, filling in correction forms etc.  The novel is as long as it is because I include the thoughts, feelings, apprehensions and excitements of the characters as the narrative   proceeds.  Most modern novels just record the dialogue and essential descriptive details, assuming the reader can pick up on the inner feelings and reactions of the characters as the story unfolds.  Maybe I repeat myself but that might be necessary to remind the reader of past incidents and experience.  That’s my defence…


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