28th March 2012 is a very special day in the life and music career of local songbird, Siti Zahidah, or Zahidah as she is affectionately known. She has officially launched her first solo Malay single, titled “Malam Ini“, today. For those of you who wonder where you might have heard of her, well she is none other than the co-recipient for “Best Singapore Song” award at last year’s Anugerah Planet Muzik, for her duet, “Lagu Teman“, with The Lion Story. For those more inclined with local English songs, she is the singer of the saccharine sweet “The Make Up Song“, and snagged the title of “The Next Big Thing” at last year’s competition of the same headline, organised by Mediacorp Radio‘s 987FM. Things are surely looking up for this NTU undergraduate as she attempts to make her mark on our local Malay music industry.
“Malam Ini” was written and composed by none other than Zahidah herself. The upbeat number was produced by Haramain Osman and Judah Lyne, both of The Lion Story fame. This latest single from Zahidah is taken off her upcoming Extended Play (EP) album titled “Ethereal“, which is scheduled to be out in June 2012. The single has also been receiving heavy airplay, a guaranteed five times a day, on RIA 897FM since the start of the week. It will be available as a free digital download from today at http://soundcloud.com/iamzahidah/zahidah-malam-ini/s-49Mvo.
I have had the opportunity to listen to the song as early as last Sunday when I was listening to the repeat of the radio programme “SG“, which showcases songs by our local acts on RIA 897FM. My first impression when I listened to the first verse was, it reminded me of “The Make-Up Song“. But as the song goes on, what is different from the earlier single is the fact that the tempo is slightly more upbeat. The lyrics are supposedly sad if you were to listen intently, but the melody projects a positive attitude being adopted by the person telling the story of the song. Though I’m not well-versed at reviewing songs, as a listener, the song made me bopped my head to its beats. It’s like a perk-me-up or what one might classify as a “feel-good” song. Why I say it, is because of the positive vibes it resonates. The melody and beats also reminded me of those country blues numbers that our old folks would have loved when they were much younger. I can’t help but feel this song is targeted for all age-groups to enjoy.