Konsert Ramuan Rahasia Promo…

KONSERT RAMUAN is a music festival that brings together various Singaporean artistes, performing in solidarity to raise funds for Sanif Olek’s yet-to-be-completed feature film, RAMUAN RAHASIA. A total of 24 bands and solo acts will be sharing stage on Sunday, 19 June 2011 from 11am to 6pm at the Goodman Arts Centre (90, Goodman Road, S439053). Together, fascinating flea market with vendors selling eclectic products will add colour to the event!

KONSERT RAMUAN is only the first of a fundraising project series that hopes to create awareness about the film appeal for funds. Following this concert, a monologue ensemble, entitled MONOLOG RAHASIA, featuring established theatre/TV actors is already in the pipeline.

KONSERT RAMUAN tickets are already on sale @ $10 via Paypal (sanif.olek@gmail.com) and Zax (81137883). Tickets will also be available at the door on the event day at $12. Free entry for children aged 12 years and below.

For those interested to rent a table at the flea market, they may contact Zio at 90214934.

All proceeds from the concert will be channeled to the RAMUAN RAHASIA fund appeal.

ABOUT THE FILM

RAMUAN RAHASIA is a feature film, directed by Sanif Olek that has abruptly stalled since late 2009 due to insufficient funds. To date, only 60% of its filming has been achieved.  The project is now racing to be completed.

 It is an endearing tale of hope blending spicy food, classic Nusantara Malay songs and love into a digestible contemporary platter. It boasts a stellar cast from Dato’ Rahim Razali to Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit, Rafaat Haji Hamzah, Keagan Kang, Aaron Aziz, Sani Hussin, J A Halim and many more.

Principal Cast:

  • Dato’ Rahim Razali
  • Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit
  • Rafaat Hj Hamzah
  • Asnida Daud
  • Keagan Kang

Supporting Cast:

  • Aaron Aziz
  • Marina Yusoff
  • J A Halim
  • Sani Hussin
  • Keatar H M
  • Shah Iskandar
  • Khalid Baboo
  • Aryati Tyeb Papar
  • Nina Halim
  • Aminah Ahmad
  • Hashimah Hamidon
  • Norsiah Ramly
  • Dalina Jaapar
  • Roslan Kemat
  • Abdullah Ahmad
  • Nurul Aini

Original story by Sanif Olek

Screenplay by Gene Sha Rudyn and Sanif Olek

For further details on the concert, please contact Azizah Zakaria at 94248514.

[For more details about the film, please visit www.ramuanrahasia.com]

anugeraHitz.sg Red Carpet & Pre-Event Cocktail Reception…

The blog stats rose yesterday with people coming in here anticipating to read something about the show / just to view the photographs I might have uploaded for your eyes. Based on previous events / shows / concerts I attended, I would take days, weeks even, to put up my thoughts. By then the euphoria would have died down. So to keep the momentum going, I have decided to split the happenings of the inaugural anugeraHitz.sg into three parts beginning with this entry.

This was another first for me and the wife, in that we were invited to attend the pre-event cocktail reception cum Red Carpet event. As compared to the post-event receptions which we have been attending in the past, this felt so much better, very private and personal, as we could get the artistes to pose for photographs without having to clamour with the other guests. If I was a journalist, this kind of setting is heaven sent as we have the artistes all to ourselves, literally speaking. It was also the perfect opportunity to get to know the artistes better. And so with camera in hand, I went on a shooting spree. Enjoy the photographs…

The top 2 Anugerah 2005 finalists: Syed Azmir & Hyrul Anuar

Kraton in the house!!!

Revalina & Shahril Bahri

Setia Vegawati (Vega) & Shenthy Feliziana (Elly) – The new faces to grace our television screens through the recently-concluded Cinta Ixora series. Both are also one half of female quartet Dynda. Based on early observations, the group looks set for a promising career under the tutelage of Cat Farish. I hope they will work hard and make an impact, especially since our local Malay music industry is crying out for more female singers to rival their male counterparts.

The Sallys…

Verbalise FloA’Trez (right) & Phalique (centre), with the latter’s wife. Based on their official MySpace page, the group has since undergone an upgrading of sorts and is now known as X-Clusive, which answered my question how come I see A’Trez appearing in both X-Clusive‘s and Verbalise Flo‘s performances over the past month or so. Surprisingly, Phalique is not in X-Clusive (as he wishes to concentrate on family commitments from what I just learnt, thanks to A’Trez) and in his place are Ize Suliman of Anugerah 2009 fame and Razlyna Ajis, who is also an Anugerah 2009 alumnus, even though she only made it to Top 50. Was wondering if X-Clusive would be considered a new or old group when the next anugeraHitz.sg event comes around???

Four of the Anugerah 2009 semi-finalists: Wawan, Catty, Kunjung & Chirul

I’m definitely sure this hunk needs no further introduction…

Sleeq– The dynamic duo whose stock continues to rise with every hit composition that rises up the music charts…

Sound Salvation & Singapore Idol 2009 Sezairi Sezali. This was my first time meeting the young man in the flesh and what you see on television on his likeability factor is definitely not a show of act. I can’t explain it in words but the aura he exudes, screams of genuine and humbleness, even before I opened my mouth to talk to him and wished him all the best in his music career. Singapore or rather, the voters who made him Idol, me included, definitely made the right choice in granting him his deserved coronation… Stay that way bro… You’ll definitely go far…

The glam man himself – Hafeez Glamour

Shah, Ross & Aidil – Revalina…

Hady Mirza – Our Asian Idol… Funny when I’m typing this, his monster hit Angkasa is currently being played on the airwaves…

A baby in the industry who holds so much promise to lift the standards and likeability factor of the female singers, Sarah Aqilah

Award presenters of the night, Nity Baizura & Aura Shai of RIA 89.7FM

Revalina with Aqmal Noor & his partner…

This looks like a new band in town but actually it’s Zaibaktian, Rafaat Hamzah, Amin Salleh, Suffian (Crossover), Adha (Ard Bhumiband) & Tengku Adil hemming it up for the camera. Fun bunch I know since the Festival Melayu Ada series…

This is Konspirazy, who were up for the Most Popular Artiste award…

Roze Kasmani – She is one with huge potential. Expect her newly-released single “Harum” composed by Imran Ajmain & Alyph from Sleeq, to rise up the charts pretty soon…

That’s all I manage to upload even though I did take more photographs during the pre-event cocktail reception, but the photos are either blurred or too bright for me to feature. Hope this is a good filler before I publish my thoughts on the event proper. I need to watch its repeat telecast again on 9th April 2010 at 10:30pm for me to gather more thoughts and critic the show as a whole. So I hope you guys will be patient. In the meantime, expect another filler pretty soon…


anugeraHitz.sg Predictions…

 

We’re just one day away from arguably, the most anticipated event of 2010 in the history of local Malay entertainment. Over the years Anugerah Planet Muzik might have piqued our interest on who are the current movers and shakers in this baby industry of ours. With the advent of anugeraHitz.sg, it has shown that there is progress being made, that there are more talents here in Singapore whose qualities and talents cry out to be heard and accepted by their own people, who sadly are more inclined to listen, idolise and worship acts from overseas. It also shows that from a stage of crawling, we’re now at a stage of learning to walk on our own. Yes there are shortcomings in many aspects but one cannot expect so much so soon. One cannot expect a baby to run even before he learns how to stand up unassisted. 

What is a lead up to an awards show without the customary predictions by so-called “know-it-alls” aye??? It has to be said that I’m not much of an expert and past predictions on Anugerah Planet Muzik winners proved that I have lots to learn on what is quality and what goes through the minds of the appointed panel of jury judging the potential nominees. The latest issue of Manja magazine had Hafeez Glamour coming up with his own predictions. He did ask me a few weeks ago if this blog had any predictions in store and I told him I would be doing an entry on it a few days before the event. A word of caution though. Whatever I predict are based solely on my own observations. Any wrong information that is shared or wrong prediction made is very much regretted. So without further ado, I present to you my humble predictions on the potential winners of anugeraHitz.sg

CATEGORY 1: ARTIS BARU TERBAIK (BEST NEW ARTISTE)

 
No. Artiste Album
  1  Hyrul Anuar Popular (Single)
  2  Maiya Rahman Pengganti
  3  Sarah Aqilah Biar Hati Mencintai (Single)
  4  Shahril Bahri Yang Teratas
  5  Zaibaktian Ejen Cinta

  

My pick:  In terms of overall package like voice range, quality and looks, I look no further than Sarah Aqilah, though it has to be said that Hyrul Anuar & Zaibaktian will themselves be worthy winners should they win this award as they too are no slouches. Shahril Bahri seems a bit too raw for me and Maiya has been a bit of a yo-yo in terms of watching her perform live over the past year. But these awards if I’m not wrong, are based on their studio recordings and I believe Sarah has an edge in terms of both package and promise. 

CATEGORY 2: DUO/KUMPULAN BARU TERBAIK (BEST NEW DUO/GROUP)

 
No. Artiste Album
  1  Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack
  2  Rancour Rancour
  3  Revalina Pertandingan Cinta
  4  The Sallys An Unlikely Story
  5  Verbalize Flo Yok Goyang Yok (Single)

 

My pick: I think for this category, it is a straight fight between the two indie bands Diorama & The Sallys. What gives The Sallys the nod for me is that their ska-infused music is fresh and something that not many (the mainstream ones that is) in our small industry are brave to do. It is also not easy to have so many members in the group synchronising their respective musical elements to give their music a rather sexy appeal to the listening ear. Diorama though they have a clearer direction and vision, they have so far been disappointing when I watched them perform live, as the lead singer’s voice just could not reach the pitching level found in the album especially when he hits the high notes. This feeling of being kinda “shortchanged” is also partly why I pick The Sallys over Diorama. No disrespect to Diorama but I hope they could improve vocally so that they could match the standards that they have set. 

CATEGORY 3: ARTIS TERBAIK (BEST ARTISTE)  

 
No. Artiste Album
  1  Didicazli Diari Cinta
  2  Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi
  3  Syed Azmir Aku Bukan Sempurna (Single)
  4  Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku
  5  Imran Ajmain Punca dan Tindakan

 

My pick: The man with the midas touch – Taufik Batisah. This guy can do no wrong with every single that is being played on radio. Each one is sure to top the charts. If Malaysia has Dato’ Siti to be proud of and its number one singer, then over here, Taufik takes the accolades. He has shown maturity in every aspect of his performances since the day he won Singapore Idol in 2004. Little wonder that most local music fans I observe still see him as THE idol, with all due respect to Hady Mirza & Sezairi Sezali

CATEGORY 4: DUO/KUMPULAN TERBAIK (BEST DUO/GROUP)   

 
No. Artiste Album
  1  Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack
  2  Rancour Rancour
  3  Revalina Pertandingan Cinta
  4  Sleeq Classiq
  5  Sound Salvation Rock & Roll Milik Sama

 

My pick: When I was watching the names of the nominees being flashed on the screen for this category during the anugeraHitz.sg Media Conference back in late February, I only had these two talented young men in my head as the winners. Like Taufik, they too have the Midas touch and their services have been hotly sought after by other local acts like Syed Azmir (Aku Bukan Sempurna), Aliff Aziz (Cinta), and Didicazli (Impianku) which are all hits on the airwaves. They even composed the theme song for the recently-concluded Cinta Ixora series, which goes to show the quality in their music has branched out even wider. You just have to listen to any of the songs they compose and without being told the names of the composers, you can clearly hear the distinct sounds that they produce belong to the magic touches of the people from Magic Potions.  

CATEGORY 5: PENULIS LIRIK TERBAIK (BEST LYRICIST)  

 
No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
  1  Aqmal N. Warkah Cinta Dunia Warkah Cinta Dunia Aqmal N. Aqmal N.
  2  Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack Anti-Romantis Erza Erza
  3  Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi Angkasa Hady Mirza Hady Mirza
  4    Shahridzuan Selamat @
Shah Revalina 
  Setia Menanti    Setia Menanti    Shahridzuan
Selamat 
  Shahridzuan Selamat 
  5    Taufik Batisah    Suria Hatiku    Nafasku    Taufik Batisah    Taufik Batisah 

 

My pick: Aqmal‘s subtle message found in his song seems to be the favourite amongst observers and I tend to agree with them. It is a beautiful song, one of the best I’ve heard from a local act and I really hope he clinches this award.    

CATEGORY 6: KOMPOSER TERBAIK (BEST COMPOSER) 

 
No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
  1  Aqmal N. Warkah Cinta Dunia Warkah Cinta Dunia Aqmal N. Aqmal N.
  2  Diorama From the E-Motion Picture Soundtrack Sanubariku Erza Erza
  3    Shahridzuan Selamat @
Shah
Revalina 
  Setia Menanti    Setia Menanti    Shahridzuan
Selamat 
  Shahridzuan
Selamat 
  4  Didicazli ft Sleeq Classiq Impianku Alyph Sleeq Didicazli
  5  Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku Nafasku Taufik Batisah Taufik Batisah

   

My pick: Again I’m plumping for Aqmal to win this category for the simplicity and beauty of “Warkah Cinta Dunia“. He certainly married the words and melody into a delectable concoction.

 

CATEGORY 7: LAGU TERBAIK (BEST SONG)  

 

No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
  1    Diorama    From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack    Sanubariku     Erza    Erza 
  2    Hady Mirza    Sang Penyanyi    Angkasa    Hady Mirza    Hady Mirza 
  3    Shahridzuan Selamat @ Shah Revalina    Setia Menanti    Setia Menanti    Shahridzuan Selamat    Shahridzuan Selamat 
  4    Syed Azmir    Aku Bukan Sempurna (Single)    Aku Bukan Sempurna    Alyph Sleeq    Alyph Sleeq 
  5    Taufik Batisah    Suria Hatiku    Nafasku    Taufik Batisah    Taufik Batisah 

   

My pick: I was actually very surprised that for all of Aqmal‘s deserved nominations in the Best Composer & Best Lyricist categories, “Warkah Cinta Dunia” did not even make it to this list. Or even Imran Ajmain‘s “Jika Engkau Pergi” which achieved a gold medal for Best Original Composition at last year’s World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Los Angeles, USA. Hady Mirza‘s “Angkasa” gets my nod for this. Though this is not a popularity award for topping the local charts since the end of last year and hasn’t been knocked off its perch, I believe the simplicity in its melody and Hady‘s own mesmeric delivery of the song is a killer combination. A definite winner for one of the three most popular songs in next year’s anugeraHitz.sg event if the organisers decide to hold it again.

 

CATEGORY 8: ALBUM TERBAIK (BEST ALBUM)  

 

  1  Didicazli Diari Cinta M. Nasir & Didicazli
  2  Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi Hady Mirza
  3  Sleeq Classiq Magic Potions Pte Ltd
  4  Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku Taufik Batisah, Ken Lim, M. Nasir
  5  Imran Ajmain Punca dan Tindakan Imran Ajmain

My pick: This category has deserving nominees in my opinion and it is difficult to pick out the winner as all five albums scream of quality, which any decent local Malay music lover should go out and purchase them. These five nominees are the standard bearers of our industry with their professional mastering, mixing, sound engineering, and overall package with hit songs to boot. But if push comes to shove, I’m going for Imran Ajmain‘s “Punca Dan Tindakan” album as it is both accepted by local and Malaysian fans for Imran‘s brave and unique experiment on old-school music marrying live strings, as compared to the mainstream pop, hip-hop, ballads and R&B, which the other four nominees are known for and have done in their respective albums. I’m also inclined to choose Imran not because I have always been a firm believer of his music and talents, but because based on what happened at APM 2004 where crowd favourite Hazrul Nizam was upstaged by Ferhad. I believe an album which is accepted by more people and also the jury (Azmeer who sits on the judging panel should know too well what the Malaysian industry is all about), should clinch it over more popular fan votes.

CATEGORY 10: ARTIS PALING POPULAR (MOST POPULAR ARTISTE)

My picks: This award will go out to the three most popular artistes by fan votes through calls-in and sms-es. Without having to scratch our heads thinking about the winners, I can safely say Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza are definite shoo-ins. The tricky part now is guessing who is the third recipient of this award. Based on my observations and previous APM winners, Sleeq and Didicazli have every reason to have their hopes raised on clinching this award. Though I heard that Sarah Aqilah‘s fans are making a concerted rally, I think Sleeq would just about clinch it. The young ladies out there would make sure that the dynamic duo would get it.

I’ve heard rumours on artistes voting for themselves in the popular award category. Though it is not morally wrong, but ethically the popularity votes should reflect on the majority’s say. That is why in a country’s general election, even though a politician can vote for him / herself, he / she can only vote once and leave it to the masses to decide his / her own fate in the ballot box. All I can say is, to those who are hard up for this award, all you need to do is be more sincere with the fans and to yourself. You won’t die or get your career killed if you do not win this award anyway.

So there you have it, my predictions on tomorrow night’s grand affair, which sadly coincides with the big match between Manchester United & Chelsea. Football always takes precedence in my life but not tomorrow unfortunately. I hope no one blurts out the results to me during or after the event, unless it’s good news. I’m also gonna switch my handphone off to avoid spoilers as I’m only watching it when I get home. As usual, please accord me the time to write my review at my own pace and time. To those I would be meeting tomorrow night at Caldecott Broadcast Centre, I’ll see you there…

anugeraHitz.sg Media Conference…

The first two months of 2010 have been quite active and hectic months for me in terms of attending shows, concerts and events, besides juggling work, family, social and sporting commitments (no, I’m not an athlete but am working hard to lose weight by either going to the gym or playing football / futsal or swimming almost daily as part of my 2010 resolutions. Heh…). Which meant that this domain of mine have been updated at least once a week by virtue of each event that I attended so far, plus those that I have yet to feature but I try to space them out and publish the ones that take more important precedence first. What has made 2010 even more special for me is the fact that I’ve been invited to attend media conferences like the Suria Elektra event earlier this month and as recently as this past Wednesday 24th February 2010, anugerahHitz.sg at Caldecott Broadcast Centre.

I cannot thank the kind people of Mediacorp Suria enough for recognising me as a credible blogger who blogs on our local Malay entertainment scene. Granted my humble domain is not as flashy as how I would like it to be, given the fact that I’m quite the design and technology idiot, but nonetheless I am forever grateful and thankful that where I lack in creative web / graphics design, I make up for it with factual information and honest thoughts that I could share with my dear readers. It took me about five years to gain credibility, for people to know and trust my product, in this case, my words, and see  that I’m not just running my mouth for the sake of it. I’m not bitter I took this long because anyone can do this themselves, but I believe if one is patient, honest, sincere, genuine and responsible in words, deeds and actions, then the sky’s the limit.

I did mention how small I felt in the midst of all the established media representatives during the Suria Elektra Media Conference earlier this month as I was the only blogger around. This time round, I was joined by two others that I have every single ounce of respect for – Izarr from Izone.sg and Iskandar Saad, otherwise known as Singapore Idol Season Three‘s Official Blogger. Granted Izarr was also at the Suria Elektra Media Conference, but he was there on a different capacity. Unlike mainstream media that chase after ratings, viewers, readers and sponsors, personally I don’t subscribe to that kind of approach when it comes to bloggers like us and am happy just the way I am right now. Maybe it is because I do not earn anything from blogging and most likely will not do so. But there are factors that go way beyond earning something out of what we do for a side hobby.

Each blogger, a local entertainment blogger to be more precise, has his or her own specialty and way of pouring forth their thoughts, whether by design, words put across or the variety of ways in which they colour their blogs. I’m just happy that of late, there seem to be more of us, because we can always learn from one another through what we say and opine. Diversified opinions will give us different perspectives and spectrums, thus resulting in various perceptions and understanding. It is most heartening to see alternative media like us local bloggers being accorded the honour of being invited to cover events as prestigious as these, besides giving our individual takes and opinions on our local Malay entertainment scene. It shows the trust that Suria has on us to help make it even more vibrant than ever.

And what can be more vibrant than anugeraHitz.sg??? It has been a long time coming, too long for our liking. Every year, we had to rely on the “kindness” of the organisers of Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) i.e. Beyond Events and Mediacorp Radio (RIA 89.7FM & Warna 94.2FM) to set aside local awards presentations during the show. Regular readers of this blog would note that I’ve always been critical of the fact that whenever these awards were presented, the regional audience would not be able to see it and thus would not know more about our talented local acts. My grouse back then was, APM is afterall the brainchild of our people, a Singaporean product for the region and thus we have the means and power to dictate what and how we want it to be, especially when we could include more local acts into the mix.

However, over the years, I’ve come to accept how the system of APM works and it is why the proliferation of a local awards show is much welcomed when we have seen over the past five years, a healthy increase in local acts releasing singles and albums of mostly decent quality and ones we could be proud of as made in Singapore. The advent of reality shows like Anugerah Band and the positive, but constant upgrading of already established ones like Anugerah (the prizes get better every time!!!) have given some of these unpolished diamonds the opportunity and experience to smoothen their rough edges. Even if they did not win the competitions they entered, they came back better and wiser, well-equipped to enter the fray once again or to stamp their mark on the scene.

One shining example I can point out to you off-the-cuff is Fauzie Laily. He entered Anugerah in 2003 but was rather raw and forgettable back then. Two years later, he entered the competition again after gaining experiences on his own accord and he came in third in the 2005 edition. Fast forward to the current times, his stock has slowly risen and we now know him as a talented and versatile singer, actor and host, an almost constant feature on Mediacorp Suria. Success that has gone his way hasn’t changed him one bit. He is still the same humble and down-to-earth person I knew pre-Anugerah 2003. Speaking of which, he has been given the honour to host the inaugural anugeraHitz.sg event along with his Anugerah 2009 hosting partner and RIA 89.7FM presenter, Fiza O. Both of them were also the hosts at the anugeraHitz.sg Media Conference this past Wednesday.

Fauzie Laily and Fiza O, the hosts of anugeraHitz.sg…

anugeraHitz.sg is the first collaborative effort involving MediaCorp Suria, MediaCorp Radio stations Warna 94.2FM & Ria 89.7FM and Composers & Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) to honour the best in the local Malay music industry. It will be telecast live from MediaCorp TV Theatre on Saturday, 3rd April 2010 at 8.30pm on Suria. It will also be aired live on RIA 89.7FM. The show will witness the presentation of a total of ten award categories. Like most music award shows out there, a special “Lifetime Music Achievement” award will be presented to a deserving recording artiste / composer / lyricist / album producer who have excelled in the music field. Nominations were opened to singles, EPs or albums that were released in Singapore from 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2009.

Suria viewers have the chance to decide and vote for their favourite artistes through the “Most Popular Artiste” category, while the radio listeners had the opportunity to dictate the outcome of the “Most Popular Song” category via RIA‘s weekly RIA Chartz programme between 1st January 200931st December 2009. How the latter works is through the various songs requested in song request segments like “Laguku” and “Mania Hitz” amongst others. For the “Most Popular Song” category, the nominees will not be revealed and the winners will straightaway be announced during the night of anugeraHitz.sg itself. The local music fans can vote to determine the three “Most Popular Artistes” via SMS to 73388. Alternatively, they can vote through mobile phone and / or landline telephone by Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS). The process of voting to determine the  three “Most Popular Artistes” began on Wednesday 24th February 2010 and will conclude during the anugeraHitz.sg awards show on Saturday 3rd April 2010 at 10:00pm sharp. Each vote costs $0.60. Below is the list of artistes nominated in the “Most Popular Category” also known as “Category 10“, which I’ve taken off the official anugeraHitz.sg site. Credits to them:

The award nominees were selected out of a total of 152 applications, a commendable number seeing how small our local music industry is. They were judged by a host of credible judges which included representatives from Mediacorp Suria, Warna 94.2FM, RIA 89.7FM, COMPASS, as well as Mr Azmeer, an acclaimed Singapore-born singer and composer who made it big in Malaysia and was last seen as the guest judge in the Anugerah 2009 Grand Finals show, Mr Indra Shahrir, a prolific Music Director who had a helping hand at the recent Singapore Idol Season Three competition, and Ms Hartinah Ahmad a well-known writer and lyricist. I’m sure most of you reading this would have seen the nominations list by now. But if you have not, well without further ado, here it is:

LIST OF NOMINEES


CATEGORY 1: ARTIS BARU TERBAIK (BEST NEW ARTISTE)

 

 
No. Artiste Album
 

1

Hyrul Anuar Popular (Single)
 

2

Maiya Rahman Pengganti
 

3

Sarah Aqilah Biar Hati Mencintai (Single)
 

4

Shahril Bahri Yang Teratas
 

5

Zaibaktian Ejen Cinta

 

 

CATEGORY 2: DUO/KUMPULAN BARU TERBAIK (BEST NEW DUO/GROUP)

 
No. Artiste Album
 

1

Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack
 

2

Rancour Rancour
 

3

Revalina Pertandingan Cinta
 

4

The Sallys An Unlikely Story
 

5

Verbalize Flo Yok Goyang Yok (Single)

 

CATEGORY 3: ARTIS TERBAIK (BEST ARTISTE)

 
No. Artiste Album
 

1

Didicazli Diari Cinta
 

2

Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi
 

3

Syed Azmir Aku Bukan Sempurna (Single)
 

4

Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku
 

5

Imran Ajmain Punca dan Tindakan

 

CATEGORY 4: DUO/KUMPULAN TERBAIK (BEST DUO/GROUP)

 
No. Artiste Album
 

1

Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack
 

2

Rancour Rancour
 

3

Revalina Pertandingan Cinta
 

4

Sleeq Classiq
 

5

Sound Salvation Rock & Roll Milik Sama

 

CATEGORY 5: PENULIS LIRIK TERBAIK (BEST LYRICIST)

 
No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
 

1

Aqmal N. Warkah Cinta Dunia Warkah Cinta Dunia Aqmal N. Aqmal N.
 

2

Diorama From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack Anti-Romantis Erza Erza
 

3

Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi Angkasa Hady Mirza Hady Mirza
 

4

 

Shahridzuan Selamat @
Shah Revalina

 

Setia Menanti

 

Setia Menanti

 

Shahridzuan
Selamat

 

Shahridzuan Selamat

 

5

 

Taufik Batisah

 

Suria Hatiku

 

Nafasku

 

Taufik Batisah

 

Taufik Batisah

 

CATEGORY 6: KOMPOSER TERBAIK (BEST COMPOSER)

 

 
No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
 

1

Aqmal N. Warkah Cinta Dunia Warkah Cinta Aqmal N. Aqmal N.
 

2

Diorama From the E-Motion Picture Soundtrack Sanubariku Erza Erza
 

3

 

Shahridzuan Selamat @
Shah
Revalina

 

Setia Menanti

 

Setia Menanti

 

Shahridzuan
Selamat

 

Shahridzuan
Selamat

 

4

Didicazli ft Sleeq Classiq Impianku Alyph Sleeq Didicazli
 

5

Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku Nafasku Taufik Batisah Taufik Batisah

 

CATEGORY 7: LAGU TERBAIK (BEST SONG)

 

No. Artiste Album Song Composer Lyricist
 

1

 

Diorama

 

From The E-Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

Sanubariku

 

 Erza

 

Erza

 

2

 

Hady Mirza

 

Sang Penyanyi

 

Angkasa

 

Hady Mirza

 

Hady Mirza

 

3

 

Shahridzuan Selamat @ Shah Revalina

 

Setia Menanti

 

Setia Menanti

 

Shahridzuan Selamat

 

Shahridzuan Selamat

 

4

 

Syed Azmir

 

Aku Bukan Sempurna (Single)

 

Aku Bukan Sempurna

 

Alyph Sleeq

 

Alyph Sleeq

 

5

 

Taufik Batisah

 

Suria Hatiku

 

Nafasku

 

Taufik Batisah

 

Taufik Batisah

 

CATEGORY 8: ALBUM TERBAIK (BEST ALBUM)


No. Artiste Album Producer
 

1

Didicazli Diari Cinta M. Nasir & Didicazli
 

2

Hady Mirza Sang Penyanyi Hady Mirza
 

3

Sleeq Classiq Magic Potions Pte Ltd
 

4

Taufik Batisah Suria Hatiku Taufik Batisah, Ken Lim, M. Nasir
 

5

Imran Ajmain Punca dan Tindakan Imran Ajmain

Besides representatives from the mainstream and alternative media attending the media conference, the event held at the Mediacorp‘s Multi-Purpose Hall this past Wednesday, was attended by about one hundred artistes, artiste managers, musicians, composers, lyricists and producers, a figure no doubt encouraging for an event that is making its long-awaited debut. Perhaps the downside of it was the conspicuous absence of our two earlier Singapore Idols or their representatives. I dunno the reason why they were not around as they are amongst the major nominees and would not like to speculate on their absence. But I hope no one would hold it against them for not attending the event. Perhaps they had prior engagements that held them back. I believe they would be proud of their nominations and would attend the actual event come 3rd April 2010 either as guests or performers.

Before the nominations were announced, we were briefed on how the awards show was conceived and the quality in standard of the applications received by firstly Dr Edmund Lam, Chief Executive Officer and Director of COMPASS, followed by Mr Ezra Farabi, Assistant Vice-President of Mediacorp Suria and Ms. Zakiah HalimMediacorp Radio‘s Vice President of Malay, Indian & Expatriate Programming. The latter said that there was a distinctive gap in standard between the good and the not-so-good ones in terms of technical aspects like mastering and mixing amongst others, which could be improved on. But overall, the artistes could give themselves pats on their backs for the foundation they have laid to base on and strive even harder to produce better quality singles / albums for future anugeraHitz.sg events.

Leading up to anugeraHitz.sg, there will be a 3-episode programme called “Hitz.sg” on the nominees. “Hitz.sg” will be aired on Saturdays, 13th, 20th and 27th March 2010 at 8.30pm on Suria. The recording of the three-part series will be held this Sunday 28th February 2010 and Monday 1st March 2010. The following are the line-up of the scheduled shows:

Hitz.sg: Episode 1
Sunday, 28 February 2010
8.30pm (To be seated by 8pm)
Studio 1
TX Details: Saturday, 13 March 2010, 8.30pm on Suria
Artistes: Maiya Rahman, Shahril Bahri, The Sallys, Zaibaktian, Hyrul Anuar, Verbalize Flo & Sarah Aqilah

Hitz.sg: Episode 2
Monday, 1 March 2010
8pm (To be seated by 7.30pm)
Studio 1
TX Details: Saturday, 20 March 2010, 8.30pm on Suria
Artistes: Sleeq, Rancour, Revalina, Diorama, Sound Salvation

Hitz.sg: Episode 3
Monday, 1 March 2010
9.30pm (To be seated by 9pm)
Studio 1
TX Details: Saturday, 27 March 2010, 8.30pm on Suria
Artistes: Syed Azmir, Aqmal N, Shahridzuan Selamat @ Shah Revalina, Didicazli, Hady Mirza, Imran Ajmain & Taufik Batisah

Congratulations to all the nominees of the inaugural anugeraHitz.sg, a milestone & landmark event for Singapore‘s local Malay entertainment industry!!!

 

Suria Elektra Review…

Just as I had begun my previous entry, Mediacorp Suria reached a milestone on 30 January 2010 when it turned a decade old. And to commemorate its ten years of existence, the premier Malay television channel in Singapore held two big bashes within the space of a week – Fiesta Suria held at East Coast Park on 30 January 2010 itself and Suria Elektra on Friday 5th February 2010. While I will update this domain on photographs of the beach event on a slightly later date, I’m sure the one that people have vested interest in, is the Suria Elektra event.

Suria Elektra featured a stellar gathering of around 100 artistes and these included the unsung performers like the dancers, under the direction of veteran choreographer Eddy, the back-up singers under the tutelage of vocal coach Ann Hussein and the musicians led by Amri Amin, a well-respected music arranger and director. The two-hour live musical extravaganza was not only an evening of musical splendour but it also celebrated the unveiling of Suria’s new logo:

The new Suria logo reflects the channel’s growth. The strong bold letter “S” symbolises the channel’s strength in its aspiration to strife for new creative ideas. The bright orange signifies freshness and vibrancy while the “smiley” shape below the letter “S” characterises the channel as a “feel-good” channel that continues to shine with the viewers. The logo was officially unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who was the guest-of-honour, during the show itself.

Suria‘s prime-time viewership has grown by 33% from 2008 to 2009 with the channel’s local contents constantly been its top-rated programmes. In a press release statement, Mr Suhaimi Jais, Senior Vice President of Suria Programming & Promotions and Mediacorp Eaglevision said that the challenge for them is to continuously improve their contents and keeping them fresh. The change in logo also portrays Suria‘s aspirations to be more innovative and providing up-to-date content.

It was a throwback to the year 2000 when the Prime Minister who was then-Deputy Prime Minister, had also launched the first official Malay channel on our shores. The days when our Malay programmes had to share a common channel with the arts, Tamil as well as children’s programmes now seem like a distant memory. Over the years we have also seen the launching of dedicated channels to cater to our Indian community (Vasantham) as well as for the children / arts / documentaries / lifestyle (Okto).

Before the show kicked off in earnest, there was a red-carpet and pre-show cocktail event. Hosted by roving hosts, Huda Ali & Rilla Melati, clips of the event were shown in brief and it looked grand seeing the invited artistes dressed in their very best. I did not attend the event as my invitation card did not include being invited to it. Even if I was invited, I doubt I would be able to make it as I was still stuck at work right up till 7.30pm, when the card clearly stated that we were to be there at 7:00pm!!! Good thing when I reached Caldecott Broadcast Centre, I was still considered early and had time to make my way into the auditorium. The only downside was having to negotiate my way in and being resorted to strict security checks. But that was understandable as the event was graced by the who’s who in our Malay community circle, distinguished dignitaries and of course, our Prime Minister.

The show kicked off with aplomb, Sarah Aqilah, the winner of Anugerah 2009, came onstage to sing Mulan Jameela‘s “Makhluk Tuhan Paling Seksi“. It came as a big surprise to me that this song was able to be performed on national television and in front of very, very important people who made up part of the audience. You might wonder and question, “What is wrong with that???” Here’s the ironical part. This song was not approved to be aired by our local radio stations due to its apparently suggestive nature, and yet here we are seeing it being performed on a grand scale. I wonder if the so-called “ban” would now be lifted as a result.

I thought the choice of having Najip Ali & Nurul Aini as hosts was spot-on. For someone who has not done live hosting for a few years, I thought Nurul did extremely well, even to the point of improvising her script at certain points to give it an edgier punch. Their chemistry throughout the show, grew as the minutes wore on. Obviously Nurul didn’t look out of place even though she did admit, she was very nervous prior to the show. One could understand her fears, especially since this was afterall a grand event watched by thousands at home and very, very important people in the auditorium.

Sleeq & Maiya Rahman performing a song specially composed in tribute to popular programmes televised on Suria over the past ten years…

It was apt that Eka Mairina & Kunjung Whitaker performed together onstage as they’re our two famous Indonesian imports whose raw potentials were polished in the Anugerah competition. I had envisaged that someday they would perform together but I did not expect it to be this soon. For the record, Eka became champion in 2003 while Kunjung was the runner-up in last year’s competition. That night, they sang the classic hit “Jelingan Manja” and was accompanied by renowned saxaphonist Jari.

Anang Hermansyah performing his current hit “Separuh Jiwaku Pergi“. The whole auditorium felt his emotions flowing in the song and he was given a rousing ovation by a whole row of female personalities that included the likes of Seri Wahyuni Jaes, Mastura Ahmad, Ariati Tyeb and Rita Zahara

This particular segment whereby Anang and Sarah sang the former’s composition “Belajarlah Untuk Cinta” was both cute and cynical at the same time – Cute because Anang was being cheeky and romantic by holding onto Sarah‘s hands throughout the song and grinning from ear to ear, and cynical because the words to the song was an obvious dig to his ex-wife. They obviously were a joy to listen to, showing good vocal harmony together and having the chemistry that lent credence to the performance. Sarah who was initially coy, showed the audience why she deserved to be crowned Anugerah 2009 champion by hitting the high notes with nonchalant ease. Not that regular viewers needed any reminders.

Vadi, Kym Ng and Suhaimi Yusof cracking up the audience with their short skit…

The girls of Pianka definitely did not disappoint when they sang their first single “Mau Yang Besar“. Though the song is more than a year old, having been included in the Cicakman 2 official soundtrack album, I’ve yet to hear it on this shores. I just hope the slightly suggestive title doesn’t go the same way as Mulan Jameela‘s “Makhluk Tuhan Paling Seksi“, because compared to the latter which I agree has some undesirable tones, the former actually portrays how some ladies’ preferences for material stuff, are conditions warranted in order to win over their hearts. This song has been playing at the back of my head ever since I met them at the Suria Elektra Media Session. Kudos to Edry KRU on another masterpiece composition. He’s not a millionaire for nothing or just by introducing mere pretty faces in the music industry across the Causeway.

As winners of the inaugural Anugerah Band competition, I expected Rancour to at least have more minutes to their segment, cos Sarah Aqilah appeared in no less than three items that night. Surely being winners themselves, they deserved slightly more, yes???

Eiss & “Papa Rock“, Ramli Sarip, singing the latter’s old hit “Teratai“. The hairs stood in awe of their performance…

Ramli Sarip then took centrestage singing “Keliru“…

He was ably accompanied by Zoul (left) and Alif Putra (right). For the uninitiated, Zoul is the younger brother of M. Nasir and Alif was the winner of Best Musician at the inaugural Anugerah Band competition in 2008, where he turned out with the group Putra.

This segment featuring the new faces of Suria over the past decade left me and the audience scratching our heads as to whether it was necessary to have in the first place or merely a filler of sorts because it felt more like a fashion showcase where models do the catwalk along the runway. Even though I have no qualms about their selections and felt all ten of them deserved to be there, I just can’t help thinking that besides the good-lookers, maybe perhaps they could have included the breakthrough artistes or artistes who are plus-sized but still became household names like Fadhilah Samsudin (Erlin Montel), Zamberi Abdul Patah (Cik Leh in “Jeritan Sepi 2“) and Haryani Othman (Cikgu Bedah in “Tahu Nahu“). Granted, you need to look good to be on television, but a more realistic perspective could probably have given these people a fairer opportunity to receive some form of recognition for their good performances and making viewers remember them by.

Unlike his haunting hit “Angkasa” which has now topped the local radio charts for a ninth straight week, I found Hady Mirza‘s next single “Hentikan“, taken off his “Sang Penyanyi” album, which he sang that night, needing a lot of getting used to as compared to the former. “Angkasa” is easier on the ears as it is a typical ballad and sappy song. What made it even more special was the fact that it was Hady‘s first Malay single since “Jangan Memandu Di Pinggir Jalan“. However, the message the song “Hentikan” brings with it with regards to world peace, ending strifes and wars I believe, is more important and that’s what make this next single of his a song of pristine substance. I also do not dare to bet against this song following the footsteps of “Angkasa” and topping the local charts in time to come.

When Suria Channel was first launched on 30 January 2000, Siti Nurhaliza was slowly making waves as the hottest singing sensation this part of South-East Asia was witnessing. Back then when she donned a striking kimono and singing “Kurniaan Dalam Samaran“, I doubt that anyone of us, me included, would have envisaged seeing her being conferred the status of a “Dato‘” within a ten-year period. But such has been her colourful journey and without waxing too much lyrical on her achievements that need no further reminding, she has definitely gone on to become a brand name that the whole Nusantara has come to love and in the case of certain quarters, dislike. The title bestowed on her was a matter of when, not if. She would have gotten it even if she had not married a “Dato‘” as well.

That night Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza sang three songs to the delight of the watching audience. The first, “Batas Asaku” was taken off the official soundtrack of the movie “Perempuan Berkalung Sorban“, which was based on a novel by Abidah el Khalieqy, and was first published by the Yayasan Kesejahteraan Fatayat in Jogjakarta in 2001. After addressing the audience, she followed up her segment with a medley of Bukan Cinta Biasa and Destinasi Cinta, two songs that needed no further introductions. I guess in any appearance she makes, be it for a showcase, a concert or even a brief cameo, the audience would never get enough of her and that night was no different.

I certainly did not expect Taufik Batisah to sing “Sesuatu Janji” taken off his “All Because Of You” album, simply for the sole reason that he already has a more recent album entitled “Suria Hatiku“, one that has produced hits after hits with every single being introduced on the airwaves. But was I complaining??? Not one bit, cos amongst all his songs, this is my personal favourite and little wonder too, since I got him to sing this song when he recorded a greeting for this blog which I posted in the entry before last. I half-expected him to do his somersault, which he executed when he sang the same song at Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008, but I guess the space constraints didn’t allow him to. Or perhaps that special moment in 2008 was reserved for the regional audience. Still, I enjoyed it all the same.

The show came to a rousing end when the Anugerah alumnus, which consisted of Fauzie Laily, Maiya Rahman, Hyrul Anuar and Eka Mairina came on stage to sing Adam & Stacy‘s “Menggegar Dunia“. This was followed by Sarah Aqilah appearing for the third time that night, along with Eiss and Kunjung singing Faizal Tahir‘s “Gemuruh“. I just felt the first song, which is punchier as compared to the second one, would have been a better choice to open or end the show. The performance which reeked of zest and energy, as demonstrated by Fauzie, Maiya, Hyrul and Eka, would have been a fairer reflection of what Suria is all about – Vibrancy.

If there were any complaints or misgivings I had, then perhaps it would have been the fact that certain people were apparently overlooked for this event. The show was meant to be a celebration of the past ten years and it was fair to have those performing or those who made an appearance that night being given the opportunity to do so. Yes it was commendable to have the Anugerah alumnus between the years 20032009 performing, but what about those before that, most notably Aqmal Noor (winner in 2004), Indra Hamzah (winner in 2001) and Rudy Djoharnaen (winner in 2002)??? While Aqmal is slowly making inroads as seen by his win at last year’s Rentak Singapura event for his composition entitled “Warkah Dunia“, the other two have been relatively quiet and not heard of since.

Suria also had non-singing competitions like Juara (2002) and Anugerah Skrin (2006) in search of the next big thing in acting and hosting. Though the potentials of Nurul Aini as the night’s co-host and Huda Ali as roving host during the pre-event cocktail reception, were discovered and eventually polished to be who they are now, I hope no one has forgotten the likes of Firdaus Abdul Rahman (who appeared as “Captain Zero” in the comedy sitcom “Ahakz” and lately as the teacher in “Dikir Putri“) and Shahril Wahid (who played the handicapped character in “Gerimis Di Hati“), winners of Juara and Anugerah Skrin (Male Category) respectively. Both are accomplished theatre actors and they have definitely brought their experiences to the screens. One can only recall how Shahril‘s character in “Gerimis Di Hati” was excellently portrayed and I wouldn’t bet against him winning something at next year’s Pesta Perdana event just for that role itself.

If the segments that night were already too packed for a two-hour programme, then perhaps they could have just made cameo appearances, just like the catwalk segment that featured the new faces of the past decade. I think a small gesture like that could have gone a long way in refreshing the minds of viewers, that these guys also had had their moments of joy when they created history with the channel. I hope in future, winners like them would be remembered, even if they’re mentioned in brief or shown short clips of their performances. They are all unique in their own rights, skilled in their respective crafts, and should not be reduced to mere footnotes or forgotten altogether. I could be wrong in my analysis though, as perhaps they could have been invited to perform or make an appearance, but could not make it due to personal commitments. Shahril for the record, was invited as a guest that night.

The finale…

I just found it extremely unfortunate that on a week our premier Malay channel celebrated its milestone, unsavoury news in the print and alternative media with regards to a home-made video of a former actress / host, as well as news of the arrests of a famous comedian and a rock singer came to light. Everyone seems to have an opinion one way or another about these incidents as they’re being talked about almost everywhere on the Net. Even my blog statistics jumped because people were searching for the name of that former actress / host and their search results led to this domain. I will not delve too much on it, but I hope the public’s opinions on artistes in general will still be as positive as ever and not look down on them nor stereotype this career path as was famously portrayed in Allahyarham Tan Sri P. Ramlee‘s classic “Ibu Mertuaku“.

Like any offender, I believe the people who have made the news of late, should not be made outcasts or pariahs throughout their lives. We all make mistakes, whether they’re minor or severe, and the only way for them to lead normal lives again after this, is for us to offer them support & encouragement to be better people and accept them as part of society. Do not ostracise them just because as artistes, they are expected to be role models discerning youngsters look up to for inspiration. I’m actually heartened by the fact that fellow artistes have voiced their support in one way or another via their Tweets and Facebook statuses. This spirit of togetherness and protecting one another is what I admire and applaud, even though we’ve all heard before about the industry being harsh and bitchy due to a lot of backbiting.

Which reminds me of this entry I typed last July entitled “Be True To Yourselves“. When all these incidents happened, became the talking points and ended up being tabloid fodder (ok granted we only have one tabloid paper in our midst), I was eeriely reminded of what I outlined through several pointers in that particular posting. I certainly did not expect some of what I mentioned to be uncannily prophetic. Though I will not quote everything on what I typed back then, I will just end this entry with three paragraphs from that post I made, which relate to what has been happening around us of late and I hope we would all learn something from these recent episodes:

“Which is why I hope that up-and-coming artistes like our new batch of Anugerah contestants as well as those that are already established, would succeed without having any skeletons in the closet or deceive the fans through cunning ability spinning yarns after yarns of crap. One can put up a false front in front of the public, pull the wool over the eyes of the legions of fans, but shit catches up with the bull eventually since the latter needs to defecate afterall. In other words, one can only go so far with bullshit but life has a way of revealing dirty little secrets through time and when one leasts expects it.

Be thankful that there will always be an ever caring and protective arm around your shoulder, shielding you away from any possible backlash from your own fans or the community, when the paparazzis come a-calling, catching you in the act with your pants down. Cos too many of our local acts think they can get away with misdemeanours done mostly with the opposite sex or through various forms of intoxications. We are afterall, living in a society that is still conservative and sensitive. Being in the public eye, one should know better than to do things that could jeopardise their growing reputation as an established brand in the industry.

This entry, even though it looks as though I’m dissing someone or some people, it has to be said that it is also a reminder I want to share with all local artistes out there because I want to see our small industry succeed, without having to go through nasty episodes, which would eventually lead to a lot of unhappiness and ostracising. Everything that is to be done should be from the heart, laced with integrity and filled with unbridled honesty. That’s how one achieves blessed sustenance in any work or endeavour that we put our will into. I am very sure that most of our local acts are true to themselves and honest in their approach to their craft. For that, I will always continue to support our industry, no matter how much we seem to lack in several areas of professionalism.”

P.S. You must be wondering where are the post-event reception photographs. This entry was already too long for my liking that I’ve decided to split it into two. I’ll try to upload the photographs before Monday. Till then, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this review and thank you Suria for inviting me to the event as well as providing useful information which I have included in this entry…