Is The Tide Turning???


Carta Era 

Look at this photo taken off Radio ERA‘s latest music charts last weekend. Look who is the current champion and who was the previous winner for about 4 weeks, even if the song title is a typo error (Please correct me if I’m wrong on the number of weeks Imran was champion). As a fan of local talents, it gives me unbridled joy to see my fellow countrymen doing well across the Causeway (without having to give up their citizenship), where the music industry has proven to be the best platform for them to spread their wings and fly. One wonders if the tide has finally turned for our artistes or is it just a mere flash in the pan.

In the past we’ve had very good, very talented singers, songwriters, composers, actors, hosts etc moving across the Causeway just to widen their horizons and to be more accepted where their own people have not given them much support. It brings a sense of perspective when I read Hanim Mohd Salleh‘s article in today’s Berita Harian when she said we’ve been losing quite a few talented people to the music industry over there and I cannot agree more. A look at the who’s who of the entertainment industry over there, you will see that Singaporeans (or former ones) are the ones running the show or responsible for being behind the movers and the shakers.

Which brings us back to the question, why is it so difficult for our artistes to be accepted here (minus the Idols) and why are they only accepted when they have made it big over there??? Who is to blame??? The media??? The consumers??? The production companies??? The tight-fisted budget sponsors??? Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of new artistes being born out of reality shows. Sadly they seem to lack substance and staying power unless they add another weapon to their armoury. Either that, or they need a massive stroke of luck to hit it big or risk being one-hit wonders. Which is why a career in the entertainment industry is seldom a full-time job for most of them, which is a definite pity given how much abundance in talent they possess.

Singapore is never devoid of talent. Our spate of reality television shows have proved Singaporeans are a talented bunch, no matter what race you are. But to reach the heady levels of decades gone by seems to be just a dream, for now. Hopefully Imran‘s and Aliff‘s ventures across the Causeway will open more opportunity for our artistes to show their mettle and win over the sceptics over here that our own artistes are worth listening to. Cos really, the younger generation ever since I was still in school, would rather listen to western artistes and the English radio stations than their own.

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Some of you might be anticipating some kind of report from me with regards to Anugerah Juara Lagu 22 (AJL 22). And some might have even thought that I’m one of the few thousands who had jam-packed the Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil last Sunday night. I wished I was, but nope I was stuck at home, enjoying the first hour or so of X-Men 2 on Channel 5 and even missed the first half hour of AJL 22 as I had guests. Coupled with the fact that Manchester United was playing Tottenham Hotspurs at 10pm (I’d rather watch Man Utd playing),  to expect some kind of report or thoughts on the event as a whole, I don’t think it would be fair.

From what I watched between 9-10pm, I was actually impressed by the whole set-up, the free-flowing of the programme, the stellar line-up and the chemistry shown between the four presenters (Ally Iskandar, Fara Fauzana, Cheryl Samad & Faizal Ismail). The performances were great too, even if Sofaz was a bit disappointing. Seeing Datin Sri performing gave me mixed reactions. Though it was nice to see her perform and giving her usual standard of high performance, it was still quite inappropriate to be seeing her dancing in her current garb and added title which she just received after doing her Hajj. But who am I to judge anyway???

Results-wise, I wasn’t expecting much and I certainly did not expect Estranged to win. But such was the open competition that anyone could have walked away with it. It was just a pity that Faizal Tahir wasn’t there to sing his two songs cos of his ban. He would have given much needed boost to the feel in his songs sung by Bob (Kasih Tercipta) and Fiq (Maha Karya Cinta). I did guessed correctly though when it came to Best Performance (MawiAntara Angan & Sedar) and Best Vocals (Jaclyn Victor & Lah – Ceritera Cinta) . I believe the former is a no-brainer given his reputation as an “SMS King“…

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Nurul’s Wedding Cards 

I received two invitations to the same wedding in my mailbox within a day of each other. While the first was expected, I certainly did not anticipate the other. But it was still a nice surprise and I felt extremely honoured to be invited all the same, given the popularity of this particular actress-host. I think you would know by now who I am referring to. Yes, it’s none other than Nurul Aini. I am impressed by the artwork on the cards, very elegant and very striking and they even fit like a jigsaw. And yes, I am pleased to attend both venues of the event. Well, it’s not often one gets invited to a celebrity’s wedding anyway and the last one I attended was Abg Keatar HM‘s (TV Producer) wedding back in 2006. So you can be sure it’s gonna be filled with a lot of pomp and colours. And it would also be a nice reunion with Kak Fatimah Mohsin, who is also the designated “Mak Andam” for the event. Thank you Nurul & Diah for inviting us. Insya-Allah we’ll make it to both places…



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