Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza On Tour Promo…

We are exactly four weeks away from one of the most-awaited concerts of 2019! It’s also exactly 5 years since Malaysia‘s number one singer, Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza, held her last solo concert here in Singapore at The Star Vista Theatre, a sell-out event organised by Hype Records and featured our local acts, Farisha Ishak and Taufik Batisah. This time, Shiraz Projects, the same concert organisers of the successful Ruffedge 20th Anniversary Concert held in October last year at Zepp @ Big Box, returns with the concert many have been waiting for, ever since Dato’ Sri took almost a year off to savour the sweetness of motherhood for the very first time. I remember during last year’s Anugerah Planet Muzik, rumours of her having another solo concert was in the pipeline and it was more or less confirmed when Shiraz Projects flashed a teaser video indicating “SNP” (Siti Nurhaliza Productions) as one of their upcoming projects for 2019, just before the Ruffedge concert began. This time round, Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza will perform at Singapore Expo Hall 3 on Saturday, 2nd March 2019 at 8:30pm.

Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza performing “Anta Permana” at last year’s Anugerah Planet Muzik

This self-titled tour “DATO’ SRI SITI NURHALIZA ON TOUR, promises to be a musical journey that will take you down memory lane, with hit after hit, rearranged to make your heart skip a beat, reminisce the good old days of youth and get you on your feet. Each segment of the concert will feature the best of the best – an Ethnic segment, Ballads, Chart Toppers and an Unplugged segment; all musically produced and rearranged by music extraordinaire, Aubrey Suwito, with an All-Star band. Aubrey has personally hand picked this star-studded group of musicians, some hailing all the way from New York City as well as the crème de la crème of Malaysian musicians who have been with Dato’ Sri since the start of her career. Truly this upcoming concert is a celebration of more than twenty years of hits. An enthralling night of savouring the enchanting voice, the music, and the legend on her biggest tour yet in her illustrious singing career spanning almost twenty-five years.

I was there to witness firsthand when the #QasidahChallenge was started by Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza and Khai Bahar kicking the challenge off, watched by talented Malaysian singer-cum-beatboxer Raja Nur Syahiran

The concert will also be featuring the incomparable and award-winning Indonesian singer-songwriter, Tulus. The blend of these two amazing voices will surely make the night even more magical. Tulus will be the guest singer for the tour, performing his hit songs which should not be missed by any of his diehard fans. Who knows, you might probably be first-time witnesses to a new hit duet, before its official release. Speaking of releases, a special feature of this tour, a movie-cum-documentary will be released on the silver screens titled They Call Me SitiOne woman, two decades of music, ten thousand miles”. This upcoming release will take you behind-the-scenes of Malaysia’s Queen of Pop music’s biggest tour yet. From juggling between nursing her first born child to performing at prestigious and iconic venues. Watch how this mogul preserves her legacy for more than two decades.

There are special Meet-&-Greet packages available for Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza‘s die-hard fans. The Meet-&-Greet ticket gives you a chance to get up-close and personal with Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza the day after her concert. The package includes a concert ticket, a free t-shirt, CD and refreshments at the Meet-&-Greet session. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to rub shoulders with Malaysia‘s most iconic singer at this private event. Fans can also purchase special limited edition merchandise at the concert venue. “DATO’ SRI SITI NURHALIZA ON TOUR, is an ongoing tour with confirmed venues in Jakarta (21st February 2019), Singapore (2nd March 2019) and Malaysia (16 March 2019), with the much-celebrated Royal Albert Hall in London, another to be confirmed in the near future, a return to the venue where she held two successful concert showcases back in 2005. Tickets for the concert is available on sale at www.mytickets.asia since 19 January 2019. For further information, please visit www.shirazprojects.com or call +6590604439.

Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza On Tour Ticketing Details

Ticket price:    SGD 425 (Meet & Greet), SGD175 (diamond), SGD145 (Platinum), SGD95 (Gold), SGD65 (Silver)

Tickets:            www.myticket.asia

Ticket Hotline: +65 31651506

Info Hotline:    +65 90604439

Website:          www.shirazprojects.com

Instagram:       shirazproject.sg

Facebook:        Shirazprojects

Anugerah Planet Muzik 2018 Roll-of-Honour

(Graphics poster courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)

It’s been five days since Anugerah Planet Muzik 2018 was staged successfully at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp Campus. Like years gone by, I tend to have the post-show withdrawals especially when I review and edit the photographs to be featured in this domain of mine. Though I have not managed to edit and look at all the 2700-odd shots I snapped that night, I must say how pleased I am with the quality of my shots this time round as compared to last year. Probably it helped that the backdrops were of a darker colour / tone. For those of you who follow me on social media, most notably on Instagram, you might have seen some of the selected photos I shared with my followers. For those of you who still remember, in previous years, I’ve shared only one photo of the winners in my roll-of-honour entries. This year I have decided to treat you with a bit more than usual, since my shots turned out quite good. In case you want to repost or share them with your own followers, do credit back to me. It’s just basic social media etiquette (those of you who follow my IG stories over the past few days would have noted why I’m reminding my readers this…). Congratulations once again to all the deserved winners of APM2018!!!

 

Sara Fajira Feat. DJ Kenny Gabriel – You Know

Artis Baru Terbaik (Wanita) / (Best New Female Artiste)


Adrian Khalif – Flawless / Merona

Artis Baru Terbaik (Lelaki) / (Best Male Artiste)

 

Gamaliel Audrey Cantika (GAC) – Suara

Duo / Kumpulan Terbaik (Best Duo / Group)

 

Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza & Judika – Kisah Ku Inginkan

Kolaborasi Terbaik (Artis) / (Best Artiste Collaboration)

 

Teman Bahagia – Jaz Hayat

Composers: Ramadhan Handy “Soulvibe & Asta Andoko “Ran”
Lyricists: Choki Cassandra & Gregorio L Kwen

Kolaborasi Terbaik (Lagu) / (Best Song Collaboration)

 

Sheila On 7 – Film Favorit

Band Terbaik / (Best Band)

 

(Graphics poster courtesy of Mediacorp Suria FB page)

 

Judika – Jikalau Kau Cinta

Composers: Ryza Ahmad & Andi Rianto
Lyricists: Ryza Ahmad

Artis Terbaik (Lelaki) / (Best Male Artiste)

Lagu Terbaik (Indonesia) / (Best Song – Indonesia)

Lagu Terbaik APM / (Best APM Song)

Isyana Sarasvati – Lembaran Buku

Artis Wanita Terbaik / (Best Female Artiste)

 

Farhan Shah – Racun

Composers: Judah Lyne & Haramain Osman (The Lion Story)

Lyricists: Judah Lyne & Haramain Osman (The Lion Story)

Lagu Terbaik Singapura / (Best Singapore Song)

 

Ayda Jebat – Mata

Composers: Audi Mok, Ishazee Ishak & Ayda Jebat

Lyricists: Audi Mok, Ishazee Ishak & Ayda Jebat

Lagu Terbaik (Malaysia) / (Best Malaysian Song)

 

 

Sufi Rashid – Aku Sendiri

Artis Singapura Paling Popular / Most Popular Singapore Artiste

Lagu Singapura Paling Popular / (Most Popular Singapore Song)

 

Khai Bahar

Artis Paling Popular APM / APM Most Popular Artiste

Ikon Media Sosial / Social Media Icon

Haqiem Rusli – Tergantung Sepi

Lagu Paling Popular APM / APM Most Popular Song

Rossa

Anugerah Khas Planet Muzik / (Special Music Planet Award)

 

Being Stringent On Facebook…

I dunno if I could classify this as a positive or a negative start to 2009. Actually I have longed to write this piece of entry for the longest time but have been holding back for reasons I myself cannot explain. But something happened on my 30th birthday that I felt that it was finally time for me to come out with this entry. Before I move on, let me just say how loved I felt by the numerous sms-es, well-wishes, prayers and messages I received via Facebook, Multiply and Friendster as well as the Manchester United Singapore Supporters’ Group forum of which I’m a part of. Not forgetting the gifts I’ve received from family and loved ones.

Before Facebook came along and Friendster was the in thing, I didn’t mind accepting any friend requests that came along. But then over the course of time, I noticed that it was something that was not of substantial quality. Friendships were not maintained and the worst part was, we were all absolute strangers, even when we bumped into each other outside. There was even one person who claimed she did not request to add me when I wished her many happy returns on her birthday. So I thought to myself what’s the point of adding when you don’t even know the person or have not crossed paths before in life???

So when Facebook came along, I made it a point to only accept requests from people I know, from people I’ve crossed paths with in life, from people in the entertainment industry though I’ve not met face-to-face but I did not mind adding as they would be substantial to my networking circle, especially now that I’ve gained some form of credibility as an entertainment critic. I have an issue with people adding me in Facebook without first introducing themselves, especially when I don’t even know them in the first place or I have not made any contacts whatsoever before, physically or online. Cos I try to make it a point to leave a short note or introduction of myself whenever I request to add someone to my list, just to refresh that person’s memory of my existence in his or her life, bearing in mind I do not use my real name in Facebook.

I also have an issue with people who literally pepper their network with celebrities. Like example they have 150 people on their list, 70-80% of them are celebrities. I wonder if it’s a big kick to be associated with celebrities and whether they really keep in touch with them. I have no qualms whatsoever with the hardcore fans as they really do make the effort to support whenever they could so I do not begrudge them of this and the celebrities themselves know of their existence. I wonder how often do these people who pepper their contact list and make them colourful by adding celebrities, keep in touch with them.

On my own, I do not go round adding each and every single celebrity there is into my network for the sake of showing off to the whole world I am friends and all chummy with them. Whichever celebrities I have in my list, I can genuinely say 98% of them I have met or known before or they know of my bloody existence as a supporter of the local and regional music industry. Maybe there are a few exceptions, in that I have not met them but I am an admirer of their talents, but definitely I would not go behind their backs and stab them when the opportunity arises.

Which brings me to what happened yesterday. A contact (or should I say former contact now as I had removed her from my list) had entered one of my photo albums in Facebook whereby the album was filled with photographs of me and the artistes I’ve met throughout my lifetime. She couldn’t resist commenting on almost all of them and in an irritating manner, hitting out especially at Datin Sri Siti Nurhaliza, Camelia and our very own Nurul Aini for apparently loving to expose their skins for the world to see. The ironical part was she had Nurul in her list of contacts.

Since Facebook has this tagging feature which means whoever is in the photograph shares the same photograph in their respective profiles, it would just be a matter of time when the person being mentioned would see the comments being made. Since this person had condemned Nurul for her sense of dressing, I found it extremely hypocritical and diabolical that this person had added the said personality to her contact list. If you say you do not like someone, then please jolly well do yourself a favour and not add them in the first place.

When you condemned my caption of stating Camelia as one of the most beautiful women in Asia, it has to be said that it was taken off from a magazine which had named her as such. So sue the magazine if it does not match what you think and not vent your anger on me! Lastly, we all know what condemning someone as patient as Siti would mean. Eventually we would eat humble pie while she laughs all the way to the bank. It is one thing condemning others for their sense of dressing. But when you yourself is covered up from head to toe, I believe you need to have a certain degree of responsibility with the way you portray yourself and the words you use. Granted, you have the freedom of speech and individual rights to say what you like, but at least do so with a certain degree of decorum that would make people respect your thoughts.

You guys must be wondering why I added that person into my list in the first place. Well she used to be a colleague of my wife’s and since she’s a good friend of one of my uncles, I thought it wouldn’t be any harm adding her on. But I was wrong. The moment I bent backwards and bent the rules I set upon myself in Facebook, this had to happen. So yeah, I am gonna be even stricter in 2009 and I apologise to whoever reading this who would like to add me up in Facebook in that I cannot accede to your request. I’m not being snobbish, neither am I being pompous nor arrogant. Sometimes it’s best to keep one’s social network a closed one. There have been too many instances whereby one’s contact list is so big that he or she ended up being backstabbed by one of those in his or her list. I’m just being wary and I’ve always maintained that I am not a celebrity even if some have classified me as a celebrity blogger. A celebrity can add as many fans as he or she can, but a normal guy like me still appreciates having that wee bit of privacy within my own circle…

Stop Speculating…

Ever since Anuar Zain told the audience of a failed relationship during his “An Evening With Anuar Zain” concert last Saturday night, people have been speculating who is that “lucky / unlucky / smart / stupid” lady. Inquisitive to know what people thought of his concert the other night, I went round surfing the Net and bloghopping here and there. Besides the usual can’t-get-enough-of-him and close-to-orgasmic feelings mostly from the lady bloggers, the debate and speculations that’s been raging on in Internet forums and even in blogs are, who is this lady who broke Anuar Zain‘s heart???

Somehow I wonder, what difference does it make whether you know the identity of this lady or not??? It’s not that you’re gonna hound her or pray that she begets misfortune for the rest of her life right??? She’s fine, living her own life now and he is doing well in his life as well. Whatever happened between them was meant to be. Who are we to act as judges and say she’s dumb or stupid for dumping him??? Or saying that she’s smart for dumping him just because he is gay??? Speaking about being gay, now that’s another serious allegation which could land someone in court. As far as I know, this guy is straight as an arrow, his gentle demeanour perhaps giving others the wrong impression about his sexual orientation. But at least he dispelled all those negative notions when he revealed that he was in a relationship before and looking to be in one soon. Whether it was Amy Mastura, Liza Hanim, Siti Nurhaliza, Dayang Nurfaizah or even Ning Baizura as widely speculated, just drop the subject and move on. Don’t be nosey parkers!!!

Anyway, I would like to thank forummer “gucci_advocate” from Cari Forum for promoting my blog as the place to go to for more concert pics and a detailed review, in one of their gossip threads. No wonder my blog stats jumped yesterday. And to any Malaysian media who made it to the Esplanade after all last Saturday night, but was drowned out by the over-enthusiastic local audience, I apologise for making you guys look bad in my previous entry where I reviewed the concert. Especially the good people at Cosmopolitan Malaysia, whom upon reading their entry on the concert, were actually in attendance. Hoped that their stay here on our shores had been an enjoyable experience…