For starters, I would like to thank “Anonymous” whose comments in the last entry I’ve deleted cos of its unscrupulously rude and downright unclassy nature. I know no one else have seen it cos it will just start another blog war. I had enough of reading other people’s wars. This numbskull whom I’ve traced to the beautiful city of Dubai claims to pity my placid wife for having a hubby who yaks like a woman and pour forth women issues in my entries. Well, I dunno about you guys but I just feel that for a guy to discuss feminine issues would after all increase his knowledge and understanding of the fairer gender. Well definitely you don’t call a gynaecologist a sissy, do you??? I dunno what he / she was getting at. Yeah so females dominate the blogging world, but that doesn’t mean guys can’t blog and rant either. My wife will be the first to admit I’m not the kind of person who nags like what he / she claims I do in my entries. Dubai‘s population is approximately 1.4 million. Finding the culprit is like finding a needle in a haystack. It could be anyone I know, or don’t. I just hope it’s not who I think it is. Ahhh what the heck!!! I’ll just delete the comments if it gets too nasty. Had enough of blog wars already. Don’t need one in mine…
I really have no clue on what to type about this week. It’s been rather mundane of late. Nothing newsworthy to report but I’m certainly looking forward to Anugerah Planet Muzik 2006 this Friday. So since it’s just a few days away, why not I do a bit of crystal-ball gazing and predict the winners of this prestigious event, just to add some spice to my entry??? Here goes…
BEST NEW ARTISTE (MALE) / ARTIS LELAKI BARU TERBAIK
The problem with this category is that a majority of Singaporean listeners have yet to listen to songs by Ady and Shanon. As for the rest in the group, most of us have only listened to one single each – Adam (Tak Tahu), Ello (Pergi Untuk Kembali) and Mike (Semua Untuk Cinta). So this is a tough one to predict but I have a feeling the winner is a toss up between Ello and Mike. Either way, the Indonesian guys will win this one. Adam is a tad weak compared to the vocal prowess of his Indonesian rivals, no disrespect to him.
BEST NEW ARTISTE (FEMALE) / ARTIS WANITA BARU TERBAIK
ADIBAH NOOR (Malaysia)
EKA MAIRINA (Singapore)
SHARIFAH ZARINA (Malaysia)
I’ve listened to most of the songs in Eka‘s and Adibah‘s albums and just one single each from Nikki (Caramu) & Sharifah Zarina (Langit Ke-7). Helena is definitely unheard of over here. To me, it’s a 3-way fight between Eka, Adibah and Nikki. Why I’m bold enough to include Nikki is because her songs and vocals are of the quality of Indonesian artistes and we all know when it comes to the Indonesians, they are superior in many aspects in the regional music industry. For sentimental reasons, I’d like Adibah Noor to win. Here’s a talent whose octave level is a 7 and held back for a decade just because music producers think she can’t make it because of her weight. Times have changed and people are more receptive to talents than just looks. And I’ve watched her live a couple of times and am extremely impressed with her performances. For that Adibah gets my vote for Best New Female Artiste.
BEST NEW DUO / GROUP DUO / KUMPULAN BARU TERBAIK
MALIQ & D’ESSENTIALS (Indonesia)
In an Indonesian dominated category, I would have cried foul had AhliFiqir not been included in this category. They’ve swept the music industry in Singapore and Malaysia by storm with their brand of rap that infuses ethnic influences and the usage of Malay idioms and poetry. Though the others in the group are equally strong in their own rights, for the sake of my local artiste, I’m plumping for them to win this one, to follow up another local band’s win in this category last year (BhumiBand).
BEST MALE ARTISTE / ARTIS LELAKI TERBAIK
Funny how come this category only had 4 nominees. The standard must have dropped or male artistes did not produce enough quality albums to be included. To me, Marcell has the edge on this though if the rest were to win, I wouldn’t be the least bothered. That says it all how much interest I have on this category.
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE / ARTIS WANITA TERBAIK
JACLYN VICTOR (Malaysia)
KRIS DAYANTI (Indonesia)
TITI DJ (Indonesia)
Another Indonesian dominated category. There’s a slew of repackaged albums coming from the Indonesians this year with Marcell, Audy & Kris Dayanti contributing to the cause, which do not impress me much. Not that I have anything against the Indonesians, but I feel that Jaclyn Victor is an amazing talent that needs regional exposure to show her worth cos I’ve watched her too many times on Malaysian TV, and she’s proved she has the vocal gymnastics to give her Indonesian counterparts a run for their money. So I’ll go with Jac, even if Kris Dayanti is a safer bet.
BEST DUO / GROUP DUO / KUMPULAN TERBAIK
We seem to have a lot of Indonesian artistes hogging the categories this year. This only proves to one and all that their quality in producing music is way up there compared to Malaysia and Singapore. This group is too open to predict as each nominee is a giant in their own rights. But if I were to choose, based on sentimental reasons and because I respect their longevity, I’ll plump for Dewa. They are the original music geniuses.
BEST SONG / LAGU TERBAIK
CINTA – MELLY FEAT. KRIS DAYANTI
DEALOVA – ONCE DEWA
GEMILANG – JACLYN VICTOR
MENANTI SEBUAH JAWABAN – PADI
YANG TERBAIK BAGIMU – ADA BAND FEAT. GITA GUTAWA
All the songs slated in this category are beautifully-crafted songs, simple yet with a message on its own and conveying deep feelings that range from love to filial piety. Again, this category is too open but if you were to ask me, based on personal favourite, I’d like “Dealova” to win…
BEST ALBUM / ALBUM TERBAIK
DAYANG SAYANG KAMU – DAYANG NURFAIZAH
1ST – MALIQ & D’ESSENTIALS
GEMILANG – JACLYN VICTOR
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALEXANDRIA – PETERPAN
SENYAWA CHRISYE – CHRISYE
I feel this is a toss-up between Gemilang and the Original Sountrack of Alexandria. Gemilang has the edge in terms of the number of quality composers who contributed their works and producers who produced this album. That does not mean PeterPan is not good, they are, but I just have this gut feeling that Gemilang will take off with this one.
BEST LOCAL ACT (SOLO/DUO/GROUP) / ARTIS SINGAPURA TERBAIK
The jury picking the winners would definitely look at just two – AhliFiqir and Eka. And since AhliFiqir‘s influence has reached across the shores, I have no doubt they’ll edge this.
BEST LOCAL SONG / LAGU TERBAIK SINGAPURA
ANGGUK-ANGGUK GELENG-GELENG – AHLIFIQIR FEAT. MIA
CINTA ABADI – EKA MAIRINA FEAT. ISKANDAR
IRAMA RINDU – SALMA
LADIDADIDA – EKA MAIRINA
TERBONGKAR RAHSIA – AZYZA
Tell me which has been the most infectious local song in 2005 when you scan through the list and chances are only the first one sticks in your memory. A subtle dig at the Malay community with its catchy tunes and lyrics makes Angguk-Angguk Geleng-Geleng a sure bet. And I’m not plumping for it based on popularity cos this is not a popularity category.
BEST LOCAL ALBUM / ALBUM TERBAIK SINGAPURA
ATAS DASAR CINTA – JAI WAHAB
HARI INI DALAM SEJARAH – AHLIFIQIR
IRAMA RINDU – SALMA
UNTUKMU SELAMANYA – EKA MAIRINA
ZOUL – ZOUL
This is a three-way fight between Jai, Eka & AhliFiqir but again when it comes to influence, the latter has made the most impact across both sides of the Causeway. And based on past experiences, the jury tend to pick someone who has the most impact in at least Malaysia, if not Indonesia as well. Remember what happened to Hazrul Nizam in 2004??? He was nominated in 7 categories but ended up with zilch cos he wasn’t known outside Singapore back then.
POPULAR CATEGORIES / KATEGORI POPULAR
FEMALE: SITI NURHALIZA
Mawi‘s choice is obvious. People just love him though till now I feel he can only sing nasyid songs or recite the Holy Qur’an from what we’ve seen of him during last Ramadhan on Malaysian TV. He is the “King of SMS“. He’s starting to be the male Siti Nurhaliza, in that he will always win, no matter who his rivals are. But in terms of quality, sorry, he pales in comparison in many aspects…
Siti??? What can I say??? Into the 6th year, she’s still going strong and a 6th consecutive title since the event’s inception, will do just nice for her in the one category she’s nominated in this time around, since she did not release any albums last year.
Even though Radja made a late surge into the popularity stakes in the latter half of 2005, I still think Peterpan has enough fans from the Nusantara, to vote for them. They are afterall the first group to have sold 2 million album copies in Indonesia. That says a lot about their popularity. Coupled with that from fans in Malaysia and Singapore, I can’t see anyone else beating them though deep down the patriotism in me would like to see AhliFiqir win this.
So there you have it, I might be right, I might be wrong. But I did it all for fun. At least to keep myself occupied before the big day comes. Till my next entry which I will report on the event, cheerios…