Hj Wandly Yazid was born in Sumatra on 24 February 1925. He was raised in Dutch primary and high schools, and graduated from the Teachers’ Training Institute in West Sumatra.
Introduced to music during his primary school days, he decided to study music at 17, while as a school teacher during the Japanese Occupation. He learnt to play the violin and clarinet under teachers Pak Hamid and Mr I Bree; and the piano, as well as water-colour and oil painting under Mr Wadiki, in Bukittinggi, Sumatra.
Soon, he became an accomplished musician, composer and arranger. He formed his own orchestras, Wandy Yazid Orchestra and Megawati Orchestra (with The Radio Malaya); composed film music for Nusantara Fim Company and Malayan Film Unit; became a violinist and member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; and set up Fajar Record Company.
In 1964, at the age of 39, he was appointed Musical Director of Cathay Keris Film Company. He composed and arranged music for film, television and radio. In the 70s, he joined the Singapore Broadcasting Orchestra as a violinist, performed with his own band, Café Vienna Trio, and also gave solo piano performances at major hotel establishments. Retired in 1992, he continued to perform and gave music lessons to the young.
Hj Wandly Yazid passed away on 5 Aug 2005. He was 80. He leaves behind his wife and five children.
In 2003, ‘Simfoni Layar Perak’, a concert by MediaCorp held at the Esplanade Singapore, gave due recognition to renowned composers and music arrangers of Malay film and music from the 1940s to 1960s including Wandly Yazid, Yusuf B, Zubir Said, Othman Ahmad, P Ramlee and S Sudarmaji.
Further tribute was paid at the ‘Persembahan Muzik 7 Lagenda (Remembering the 7 Magnificent Composers)’ at Library@Espalanade, Singapore in 2006, where the Pentatronics performed songs by the legendary seven.
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