This has got to be one of the greatest news to come in for the new year of 2016!
We are very proud to announce that Rosli is now endorsed by music industry giant Marshall Amplifications! (https://marshallamps.com/artists/r/rosli-mansor/)
Making amplifiers for the past 54 years, Marshall is a ubiquitous name in the music industry and used by many big-name musicians and artists such as the late Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, and Rosli’s guitar hero Jeff Beck. We are elated that Rosli has now joined the ranks of these guitar greats and is the first artist in Southeast Asia to be endorsed by Marshall. We dare say this is a big breakthrough for local musicians and one of the firsts for our music scene.
As we celebrate this wonderful news, we are also taking time to remember Rosli’s closest friend and support, Keyjohan Ismail. You may remember seeing or reading his name as Rosli’s co-producer and drummer in his instrumental albums Dragged and Deeper Than Purple. His soulful drumming was present at most of Rosli’s live performances, and in several YouTube videos on Rosli’s channel.
Sadly, Keyjohan passed on from cancer in 2014 and is not here to celebrate the news with us.
Thank you Jo, for being there for Rosli and helping him tremendously on his music journey. We are glad to have known you and seen your unwavering and heartfelt dedication towards music. May your soul rest in peace.
Rosli wrote a touching and personal letter to Jo on his Facebook page, expressing his gratitude towards his brother and close friend, and ultimately dedicating the endorsement to him.
I have great news to share with you, my brother!
When I was told that I’m officially endorsed by Marshall Amplification, I was ecstatic. I wanted to pick up the phone and call you because you are so much a big part of it.
Being in the Marshall family – one of the biggest giants in the music industry – is something I’m very thankful for.
Remember how we started, grinding day in and day out, just to get things done? We squeezed in whatever time we could, on top of our jobs, to do what we love. To create music. No matter how tired we were, we soldiered on because we believe in what we were doing. Because you believed in me.
And our recording sessions into the wee hours for Dragged, with Mohammed Ali Abdullah from Snoots Music? I’m grateful to Ali for having faith in us and getting the ball rolling. We were exhausted but it was worth it. Next came Deeper Than Purple, and things were even tighter and closer and falling into place.
And remember when Edwin Tan from Om Labs endorsed me with his custom Sahasrara OD? You were so happy for me and said that there are more good things to come.
What Edwin started eventually led to greater opportunities with Gibson/Valley Arts, Providence, Yamaha and others, and then my first amp endorsement with Laney Amplification. And now Marshall.
I will always remember our teh-tarik sessions (with kuih puteri salad :)) about achieving peace. There was a period of time when I was absolutely down and out. You came over to my place, dragged me out of the house and drove me to ECP for breakfast and that much-needed blast of sea breeze. You kept talking about our heroes, our life dreams and goals, and that we have to *keep moving forward*. You always understood what I was going through and you kept me from going further downhill.
You once said that you felt my pain during the launch of ‘Deeper Than Purple’ when they were playing “What The Moon Said” in the background. And I know you truly meant it because tears were welling up in your eyes. And we agreed that to feel pain and struggles in life is better than being numb and lost as they give us the strength to keep moving and building an even stronger will.
I will never forget that moment.
And remember my search to truly understand gratitude? I realised it all boils down to the actions of one. We are here to serve others and leave in peace. You have shown and taught me how you have helped others even though there weren’t much being returned to you. When your efforts were not acknowledged, you willingly let it go and moved on. You have taught me so much about the strength of being on the other side of impatience.
With that, I am thankful to those who have helped and supported me in my career that has led me to where I am right now. Each and everyone of them.
And finally, to end this letter, I am dedicating this endorsement to you, Keyjohan Ismail, my brother. You deserve it more than I do because of your humility and patience and because of your tireless dedication to your art.
It’s been tough without you around but thank you so much for being a part of my life.
Love and Peace always.