Man Tabla (GHAMUHYI)

Man Tabla is the stage name of Kamarulzaman Bin Mohamed Karim, a lecturer at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Prior to receiving his formal music training, he was involved , from a very young age , in the traditional Malay Ghazal of the State of Johore, through his participation with Seri Melati Ghazal( which was founded in the ’60s), under his father’s keen tutelage.

Ghazal music has been inspirational to his advancing his studies, majoring in Music Composition.

He graduated with the Diploma in Music in 2002, and Degree in Music Composition (Serious Composition) in 2007, from University Technology Mara, Selangor.

He obtained his Masters in Music Composition (Music Nusantara)/ Masters in Art Creation from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) , Yogyakarta, with his creation entitled ‘Ratib Rewind’, in the period 2008-2010.

In 2016, he obtained his PHD in the same field at ISI with his creation GhaMuhyi. He is currently the President of Persatuan Ghazal Johor Malaysia (GHAJMAS).


GhaMuhyi is a fresh composition of traditional music, originating from the Malay Ghazal of the State of Johore, created by Dr Kamarulzaman (also known as Man Tabla).

GhaMuhyi was initiated in December 2014, for submission as a project at the Doctorate level at Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta.

The GhaMuhyi group comprised young musicians who excelled in the traditional Johorian Malay Ghazal. The formation of the group was borne out of the recognition of the great potential & even standing of the traditional Johorian Malay Ghazal with all other music genres in the world. ‘

‘Gha’ is short for Ghazal and ‘Muhyi’ means spiritual growth. Thus GhaMuhyi essentially reflects the innate declaration by the youth of today , of the potential for traditional music to coexist and maintain its uniqueness in the modern world.


Friday, 6th May 2016, 9.00pm – 12.00am @ Main Stage