While the post election conversation is still hot, we loss one of Dayak greatest name in the Dayak Music Industry. Jeffry Nyaloi died at Bintulu General Hospital on the early morning of 29 April 2011 at 1:20 am. Not was he a loss to his family and relatives at his longhouse in Rumah Liman, Sg. Labang, Sebauh, but his demise is greatly felt by the music fraternity in Sarawak.
The late Jeffry Nyaloi was not only a great singer, but also a prolific songwriter, composer, programmer, musician and performer. His lyrics of his song really touched the listeners – he’s a purveyor of quality modern Iban lyricists. And a lot of his songs, either sung by him or others had become instant hits with not only the Iban listeners, but the other ethnic race of Sarawak and even across to the other side of the border in Kalimantan. Such was his popularity that he was sought after and employed by many Recording Studios in Sarawak, like Andrewson Ngalai Sound Production, LUH, TBC and a few others. True to his spirit, he was never tied or contracted to these companies, but always
moon-lighting or trouble-shooting when his services were needed.
The first to arrive among his close friends were Andrewson Ngalai and Andrew Lanting. Then there were also some candidates from the just concluded Sarawak Election, like Encik Ramle Malaka, Michael Lias and Clement Bayang (also a singer). Andrewson Ngalai also led a prayer for the late Jeffry Nyaloi.
Due to his sudden and unexpected death, perhaps most of his friends were unaware. It is hope that during the “Ngetas ulit” many will come. And it is also hope that Persatuan Penyanyi Iban Sarawak would organised something for the late Jeffry Nyaloi, to show their commitment to their members.
The writer was made to understand that the people from these longhouses were majority supporters of BN and yet the spirit of neighbourhood and longhouse were there. Infact those 3 calons were from SNAP. This is the spirit of the Iban that must be kept and cherished. Never let political differences tarnished the harmony and respects, customs and traditions of the Ibans be destroyed and
manipulated for political gains.