Ramli Sarip (born October 15, 1952) is a Singaporean singer, songwriter, arranger and music producer of Malay descent. Known as "Papa Rock" and "Malaysia's rock raja", as well as one of Singapore's rock scene's founders, Ramli was the front man and lead singer of the Singapore-based heavy metal-rock group Sweet Charity until 1986. Most of his songs have proven to be popular and his hits have sold tens of thousands of copies. Christopher Toh of Today described Ramli as "Singapore's most famous rocker around".
1964-1986: Sweet Charity:
Established in 1964, the Singapore-based Malay rock band Sweet Charity had Ramli as its frontman and lead singer until he left in 1986. Sweet Charity was reportedly so successful in the 1970s to the 1980s that they ignited a "rock explosion" in both Singapore and Malaysia.
After 1986: Solo career and other endeavors:
He starred in the film TalkingCock The Movie. For some time, Ramli was signed under Warner Music. Ramli is credited as the "first Malay rock singer to hold two solo concerts at Instana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur." He was awarded the COMPASS Artistic Excellence Award in 1998. A 1990 Malaysian Hari Raya Puasa television special Bersama Ramli Sarip, in which Ramli hosted, was released on the first day of the season. He was one fifth of the band, Sangkakala. As a result for maintaining his long hair, Radio Televisyen Malaysia imposed a ban on him in around 1993, decreeding that he be barred from performing for seven years in Malaysia. Ramli was a vocalist for the 2011 remake of "Home". As of 2011, Ramli has released 12 solo albums.