A 20 minute documentary video entitled Skinhead Selamanya – Welcome to Eastern Oi has been released this morning and has already been shared hundreds of times. The video was put together by Ras Ja Verd who told us that the skinhead scene within the Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia region has been alive and well for over 20 years. Ras also stated that the footage collected was mainly “recorded during my years with my closest skinhead friends during their tours of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Most of the skinheads featured are the pioneers of the skinhead scene in this region. Being a skinhead in the early days was not as easy as today because everything was so out of reach. No internet, no smartphone, poor transportation, listening to music on cassette that was dubbed manually from radios and stereos”.
The bands that are featured in this video include: THE OFFICIAL, ACAB, ROOTS AND BOOTS, OI KONYOL, (MALAYSIA) ANTI SQUAD, HAIR CUTS (INDONESIA).
Check it out below! Ras has said that this will officially be released by Bulldog Film on DVD and digitally online.
To note – this is actually Ras’ third documentary video. The other two DEAD CITIES(PUNK) was released in 1995 and ANOK(PUNK) in 1997. He says this was way before the digital age and were shot on 16mm film so all those videos are now lost. Imagine being able to unearth those to get a view of the Southeast Asian punk scene back in the 90’s!
Roots & Boots (Malaysia)
The Official (Malaysia)