Viva Muzik Singapura Day 2…

(Graphics courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)

This entry will be short and sharp. I was at Dhoby Ghaut Green earlier to watch the recording of Viva Muzik Singapura again. I was looking forward to seeing AhliFiqir in action especially since their name was second on the list of performers scheduled to perform today. Though it was not stated what time they were performing, I assumed that their set was in the afternoon along with Syed Azmir, whose name was first on the list.

However to my dismay, I found out that they were only performing at 7.30pm. I had to leave by 6pm as I have my own prior engagements later on. What pissed me off was how late the show started. On the list, they said that the show was to start at 4:00pm but when I left at 5.15pm, it had not even started, to the point that Syed Azmir who was supposed to helm the set, had to come out and sheepishly apologise that it won’t start till another twenty minutes, resulting in groans all around. By then it would have been about 5:30pm, a good 90 minutes gone from the original time slated to start.

I can understand if the delay was due to the rain since it is afterall an open-air event, but the skies were clear as day and the reason that was used to describe the long wait was “the musicians are resting at the back…” Really??? Just because this event is free, doesn’t mean that people have so much time to wait and spare. We’re about a week away from 2010 and for us who just celebrated and welcomed 1431 Hijriah, I think it’s high time we get away from this old mentality of giving empty promises with regards to timings & start respecting punctuality. Time waits for no man and time is freaking precious. I hope tomorrow’s sets won’t be as disappointing as this one. For the record, I’m not holding Mediacorp Suria accountable for this as this project is mainly done by another party…

Viva Muzik Singapura Day 1…

(Graphics courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)

Day One of the abovementioned programme / event went well over at Dhoby Ghaut Green earlier tonight, a mini amphitheatre built on the open space above Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, between Park Mall and CapitalMall Trust buildings. Though the weather was fickle the whole day, by evening, it was good and there was a good breeze to accompany the event, a first of its own away from the usual studio settings. This programme and its approach in honouring local acts, also reminds me of the successful “Singapura Live!” series that was aired a couple of years ago.

Today, there were two sets of recording done. The first one that will be televised on Tuesday, 5th January 2010 at 8:30pm will most likely consist the one that had Hyrul Anuar as host along with hip-hop duo Sleeq and the newly-formed girl group EVE, consisting of Anugerah 2009 alumni Yanie Hassan, Asilah Osmera & Nora Baharom. The second set had soul crooner Hazrul Nizam helming the show, along with Anugerah 2007 runner-up Maiya Rahman and Anugerah Band winner Rancour completing the line-up.

I will not be reviewing the performances as I don’t see the need to. I was there to enjoy the good music dished out by our local acts. Maybe the downside of the night were the constant retakes, mostly due to the dead crowd (even though the turnout was decent), but other than that, I enjoyed all the performances by the artistes involved tonight. I will not act as the spoiler by uploading video clips of the event cos I did not take any and I would prefer if you catch it yourself when they are finally televised. Instead, I will just upload the nicer photos taken at the event.

Hyrul Anuar kicked off his performance with his current hit singlePopular“…

Sleeq kicked off their set with “Cun Saja“…

EVE introducing themselves before singing Anita Sarawak‘s “Seksis“…

Hyrul Anuar thanking the audience for coming at the end of their programme…

Hazrul Nizam kicked off his set by singing a mixture of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” and Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive“…

Maiya was a bit subdued when she performed “Nongkrong”. Maybe she was feeling unwell…

I like Rancour‘s first hit single “Biarlah“. Though it’s supposed to be a sad song, but it’s quite edgy…

The finale of the second recording, with the artistes taking turns thanking the audience…

Hyrul Anuar‘s loyal fans “Hyrulites” out in full force in support of the man himself…

Actress / host Azzah Fariha was also present at the recording in support of our local acts. Singapore Idol 2009 contestant Malaque Mahdaly was also seen amongst the crowd along with the official Singapore Idol Blogger, Iskandar. No they are not an item, in case you’re wondering…

Later today, there will be three sets of recording of the programme at the same venue and the first one is scheduled to start at 4:oopm, barring any cock-ups during soundchecks and the issue of the monsoon season rearing its head. There will definitely be a short break out of respect for Maghrib and the second set should start between 7:30pm-8:00pm. So if you are free after work, do come down and support our local acts at the said venue…