Shahridzuan Selamat Embarks on Solo Career…

(Photo courtesy of Sofia Dendroffloveinyourarms.blogspot.com)

I received a minor shock when I opened up my email just awhile ago and received a press release from the management of Shahridzuan Selamat, one third of local trio Revalina. With effect from yesterday, 6 October 2011, he has decided to amicably part ways with the group after three years of performing together. Shah will make his foray to join the ranks of other solo artistes in the regional music scene by embarking on his solo career; kickstarting the momentum with the release of “Hingga Lain Waktu”, his first solo single in two years.

The aforementioned single, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011, has already garnered pre-launch awareness as the theme song for the drama series “3 Dara Metropolitan” on Mediacorp Suria. A music video of the latest single, that was shot in various locations in Singapore and United Arab Emirates, has been launched simultaneously. A bilingual Pop/Dance track “Be My Girl Tonight”, will follow soon after, featuring renowned local rapper Mark Bonafide, marking the latter’s debut in the Malay music scene. Both singles will be featured on his upcoming full length Pop/R&B album, slated for release in mid-2012.

Shahridzuan or Shah as he is affectionately known as, is an award-winning, independent Singer/Composer with an area of expertise that encompasses the svelte and smooth genre of Soul & R&B, to the hard-hitting world of Pop and Electro. He made his debut in the local music scene with 2009’s “Setia Menanti”, which racked up the 1st Runner-Up spot at that year’s “Projek Rentak” organised by Mediacorp Radio‘s Warna 94.2FM and RIA 89.7FM. “Setia Menanti” also garnered three nominations at AnugerahHitz.SG in 2010‘ for “Record of the Year“, “Best Composer” and “Best Lyricist” categories respectively.

Shah (left) with his former Revalina group members Ross (centre) and Aidil during the recent Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011

2011 witnessed him breaking out into a more credible role in the industry as a composer, with him co-writing MediaCorp Suria‘s theme song together with Mayuni Omar. The theme song saw his participation in not only concocting the words, but also contributing his vocals. He was then tasked to provide a modern take on the reality-singing competition, “Anugerah“. The show also marked his foray into scoring music for television, with music pieces crafted solely for different aspects of the highly-rated show. His momentum then followed through with the release of “Syahdu Di Ambang Syawal“, a thematic composition for a drama. Currently, Shahridzuan is actively honing his craft to contribute to the production value of our industry. The Chapman University film school undergraduate is also a director and filmmaker, with an emphasis on audio and visual synergy.

Looking at his career path and his achievements over the past two years, I felt it was a no-brainer that he has decided to go solo. Even though Revalina‘s wings might be slightly clipped as a result of his decision to go solo, the group will still remain strong and steadfast, as seen by their involvement in the music scene all these years. It would be interesting to see how Shah‘s career will pan out now that he has gone solo. From the looks of things, I’m quite positive that this soulful crooner will go far, moreso as he is very versatile and multi-talented. For one, we can expect to enjoy his music videos or those under his direction / production. I’ve said before in my entry on the launch of Hyrul Anuar‘s “MataMusic Video, how Revalina‘s music video “Menanti Cintamu” was a prime example of a quality one produced with perhaps limited budget and with very creative people working behind the scenes. Well, here’s another example of one produced by the man himself, his latest single, “Hingga Lain Waktu“. All the best on your solo endeavours, Shah!!!

For further information on Shahridzuan Selamat, please contact Furstinna Suhaimi at onemotionstudio@gmail.com.

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Launch of Hyrul Anuar’s “Mata” Music Video…

Music videos (MVs) are part and parcel of the entertainment industry. Normally the ones in the West and those with very established music industries would come out with quality MVs, with amazing props, technicolour and CGI effects thrown into the mix. Closer to home, not many are able to say the quality of MVs are closer to or on par with the others outside our South-East Asia region. There is a saying that with big money comes better quality MVs and the fact remains, we do not have this luxury in our small industry. But I personally feel that in recent times, with Revalina‘s “Menanti Cintamu” and Awi Rafael‘s “Pulanglah” being prime examples, we are able to see that quality MVs can be produced with perhaps limited budget and very creative people working behind the scenes to make it happen. In summary, it can be done.

Hence I had the same hope that Hyrul Anuar‘s music video for his single “Mata“, taken off his album “Sesebuah Perubahan“, would be of a respectable standard when I first received the invitation to attend its launch. Truth be told, I have never heard of a music video launch before this, especially in our local context. Correct me for my probable ignorance, but this was perhaps the first in our local Malay music industry to have such an event. Positive memories of Hyrul‘s album launch last year are still fresh in my head till this day, from how it was planned and executed, to the number of local personalities who turned up to support the event. Even though the venue of the MV launch (The Arts House @ Old Parliament Building) is considered much smaller than the ballroom at Hotel Re!, I was still looking forward to a memorable event.

The day of the event (23rd September 2011) was a special day and landmark for Hyrul Anuar. Not only was it the day he launched his MV, he also celebrated his 26th birthday on the same day. I had initial fears when I realised the event was held during the Formula One Race competition right smack next to the racing track. Walking along the road leading towards The Arts House only heightened my fears as the sounds from the race cars were terribly deafening and I was afraid that they would spoil Hyrul‘s event. But thankfully, the building is soundproof and those who attended enjoyed an F1-free event in the Screening Room of The Arts House. It also helped that Hyrul‘s event was during the break between the first and second practice sessions for the F1 drivers.

The MV launch was hosted by Imran Ajmain, the man who helped produced Hyrul‘s album. I will not delve much on what happened during the MV launch as you are able to watch it in the video that I have uploaded. But just to give you a quick information on the MV. It was shot in NTU and Tuas in the space of five days by a group of students from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Arts, Design and Media who call themselves “ShadowPlay Studio“, under the astute direction of Ridwan Madon. The K-Pop inspired MV has an angsty theme to it and with choreography by Fantastic Crew, make-up by Daen A. Ali and costumes sponsored by ATZU and Dress Sense, the blend and mix was simply perfect. Even though I will not upload the actual video in this entry due to respecting its exclusivity, you can view it when it’s up on Singtel‘s website in the coming future as Hyrul is a Mio Singtel ambassador. Hyrul had also stated that the MV will not be uploaded on YouTube.

On a day Hyrul Anuar celebrated the launch of his music video and creating a milestone of sorts on his birthday, it was also launched and aired on Suria, Sensasi and Astro Ria that night. Personally I feel that the music video has raised the standards of local MVs. At first glance, it reminded me of some of KRU‘s music videos and the group were known for being technologically advanced in creating their own MVs even way back in the late 90s. Let’s hope that more local acts will be inspired to produce their own quality videos and lift the standards of our local industry to a new level. If Hyrul Anuar can do it through his own perseverance and hard work, I think anything is possible if we were to put our hearts, minds and soul into it. Congratulations to Hyrul Anuar on the launch of his “Mata” music video!!!

Snapshots of Hyrul Anuar’s “Mata” Music Video Launch

Guests were encouraged to hold these props up and take a photograph… 

Host of the event, Imran Ajmain

The man himself, Hyrul Anuar

Hyrul with local actress Shasha Ya’kob

RIA 89.7FM‘s Aura Shai was in attendance…

So too was television personality, Rilla Melati Bahri

The beautiful model in the music video, Noor Artika…

Introducing Hyrul Anuar‘s proud parents…

Some of the guests in attendance…

Local singers Roze Kasmani and Hydir Idris were also in attendance, as well as talented lyricist Fadly Ahmad (right)…

Surprise birthday celebration for the birthday boy…

“Chickchickaboomz” Book Launch…

I know that I owe local personality, Nura J, this entry for more than a month now. The delay in posting this entry was very much deliberate for personal reasons and partly also because during the period of the book launch event, my home PC was down. Now that I’ve gotten a new one and have more or less settled down with the new system (along with designing a new watermark logo to boot if you guys had noticed over the past fortnight), I can now sit down and share this simple but beautiful event with my readers. Before continuing, first and foremost I would like to thank Nura and husband Esman for inviting me and family to the event and to soak in the atmosphere of the joyous occasion. My kids had a fun time and not even the wet weather that day could dampen their moods.

The “Chickchickaboomz” book launch event was held at Jurong Bird Park, a place I have not been to since I was still a swinging bachelor. Not only was it a book launch event, it was also an advanced birthday celebration for Nyla, Nura & Esman‘s offspring, whose birthday falls on every 24th May. So it was a maiden visit by my children to the event venue. Somehow the wet weather that day meant that we could not walk around the park and let them see the beautiful and varied species of birds found there. But that was not the main agenda of the day. The main attraction was of course the star of the event, Nyla, who at six years of age have shown what a genius she is by being the mastermind behind the launch of two books already, “The Big Good Wolf” on her 5th birthday last year, and now “Chickchickaboomz” a year after.

At her age, most kids are usually contented with learning through reading or trying to perfect their handwriting. This girl is different. She is blessed with a creative mind and with parents like hers who are very much into learning and reading, it is a positive combination that encourages and inculcates a reading culture amongst young children, no matter what age or community they belong to. I’m sure as parents we want the best for our kids and the best is always through learning and reading. Nura‘s colourful experiences as an educator certainly provided her with all the necessary tools to make this book production a reality. I can only marvel and be in awe of this family’s achievements and best of all, they are still the same humble people I’ve known for half a decade now.

Though I will not relate from A-Z what transpired during the event, I think the photos that I will put up henceforth and the short video clip at the end of this entry would more or less tell the story that unfolded – the birthday celebrations, the sing-along and book-reading sessions. The whole event was excellently done and was well supported by the good people at Julia Gabriel Centre for Learning, of which Nura used to be a part of some years ago and continue to maintain a good working relationship with them. “Chickchickaboomz” is now available on sale at a net price of $14.00 and interested buyers can get the book as well as Nyla‘s first book “The Big Good Wolf” if you were to click on “Nura J” from the link column on the right of my blog. I’m sure your children would love the book as much as my children have experienced…

Snapshots of the Book Launch

The lovely cake, made up of several cupcakes & depicting the “Chickchickaboomz” character…

Nura welcomed us to the book launch…

Nura showing how Nyla had sketched the storyline of the book…

The children were entertained by Shane & Frances of Julia Gabriel Centre…

Nyla signing autographs on her newly-launched book…

Nyla says, “Please get my book, you won’t regret buying it…”