ANNEKE GRONLOH singing "Soerabaya" in Dutch from 1963.
Ms. Gronloh became one of the first legends of Singapore 60's Pop Music. She had many hits like "Asmara," "Bengawan Solo," "Boeroeng Kaka" and "Oh Malaysia" in the early 60's. She inspired a whole generation of young ladies in Singapore and Malaysia to sing and make records in the 1960's, such as Susan Lim, Naomi Suriya and Anita Sarawak, and many others.
Soerabaja Pasar Besar 1929
Documentary images of traffic around the railroad viaduct at pasar-besar or Great Market, around half past twelve in the afternoon. We see a hubbub of cars, electric streetcars, ox-carts and biking office clerks speeding by each other. The camera pans along advertisements for Aspirine and Deluze table wines. The film also shows shops with galleries and announcements for the films THE LAST WARNING and SIEGFRIED and DIE NIBELUNGEN. On the billboard on the front of the Apollo movie theatre we read that the film THE UNHOLY THREE, starring Lon Chaney, will be playing from 18 July. The image of Surabaya captured here is very similar to that of any European city. In some respects, the architecture is even more modern than that of the West. Only the occasional native and the ox-carts drawn by water buffalo betray the fact that the film was shot in Indonesia.