I knew Zubir Ali when I was a student in ITM (now UiTM) in the mid-70s (from 1975 to 1978). He was in charge of our cultural society and I was an active member.
Then, he did not display his talent as a singer or songwriter, although I knew that he had deep interest in music as we had discussions about the arts (including on music).
Over the years, I bumped into him during Hari Raya open houses and arts/cultural performances. Once, at 1-Utama.
How sad to have received this tragic news of his death.
Saudara Zubir died of heart conditions at the Damansara Specialist Hospital today.
Zubir was a founding member of folk outfit, Harmoni that popularised the humanitarian tune, Balada Seorang Kecil penned in the 1990s. The members went separate ways in 1985.
Two years ago, Zubir established Trio Harmoni and continued his vision to preserve the popularity of Malay folk songs.
He was buried in Petaling Jaya, Selangor after Asar prayers.