Selasa, Disember 31, 2019

Even at 62, M. Nasir is far from done

taken from The Star 31 December 2019
By MUMTAJ BEGUM
Photos By Filepic

M. Nasir always makes sure his lyrics are meaningful. Photo: Azman Ghani/The Star

As a young man in his early 20s, Datuk M. Nasir had a vision of what he wanted to achieve when he entered the entertainment industry: To inject a freshness into the Malay pop scene.

“It wasn’t crystal clear at that time, but I knew I wanted to create new music and new kind of performance style, ” Nasir said at a press conference before his Konsert M. Nasir Satu Hikayat – 40 Tahun Perjalanan, that took place in November.

He continued: “I also look carefully at the kind of lyrics and melody I come up with. The lyrics especially; I always try to make the words be more serious although in a pop music format.

Nasir belting out his hits during a concert at Stadium Merdeka, in 2000.

“I want to share more about life, our surroundings and human experiences through my songs; the composition has to be mature and has to have depth, ” said Nasir, whose evergreen number Suatu Hari Di Hari Raya serves as a prime example of his aim.

While his first solo effort – Untuk Pencinta Seni, in 1979 (as Mohamed MN) – didn’t get anywhere, he gained fame as a member of the folk rock group, Kembara in the early 1980s.

It produced songs like Ekspress Rakyat, Hati Emas, Sesat Di Kuala Lumpur and Keroncong Untuk Ana that encapsulated Nasir’s ambition of more poetic and higher form lyrics.

In 1989, Nasir went solo again with the aptly-titled album S.O.L.O., and two albums later – Saudagar Mimpi (1992) and Canggung Mendonan (1993) – he succeeded in his vision by creating a new genre of music called Nusantara. He followed with two more albums, Srikandi Cintaku (1999) and Phoenix Bangkit (2001).

This music format combines traditional sounds (using Malay music instruments like gambus, rebana, serunai and kompang) and modern instruments, added with world music vibe. Think Mustika, Mentera Semerah Padi, Sentuhan Listrikmu, Langgam Pak Dogo, Tanya Sama Itu Hud Hud, Bonda, Raikan Cinta, Phoenix Bangkit Dari Abu, Sahabat Gua and Ghazal Untuk Rabiah (a duet with Jamal Abdillah).

Needless to say, all of these songs were big hits in the 1990s as well as early 2000s and remain listenable till today.

At this point, too, the music icon had written multiple hits for other artistes, earning him the moniker Sifu.

Today, Nasir is 62 years old, and he summed up his music career: “My journey in the industry has its ups and downs, and it’s not been easy. (However) I can say that I have done performances as I wanted to do them for the concert-goers as well as for the music listeners, who are mature to understand what I am conveying through my songs.”

And he still has a lot more to offer, said Nasir.

“What is important is, although I am in my 60s – an age when one’s expected to retire from their profession – I want to prove that I am still here and able to continue in this profession, singing, performing and producing songs.”


Besides singing and writing music, M. Nasir also acts. In the film 'Puteri Gunung Ledang', he played Hang Tuah.

Celebrating the highs

For his concert (held on Nov 23 and 24, at Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre) that celebrated his 40-year career in the music industry, the artiste dipped into his vast back catalogue as a singer and a songwriter.

His journey in the music industry started when he wrote the lyrics for Alleycats’ Senandung Semalam (1979) through his acquaintance with Wan Ibrahim, who was the executive producer of record company Polygram Singapore at that time.

The Singapore-born artiste shared how that happened: "I was his brother-in-law's friend who played bass in our party band. I spent my post art school days in their house. It was a big colonial type of house and we used one of its rooms to jam. I offered to write lyrics for Wan Ibrahim's compositions so that we could sell the songs to record companies. Never did I realise he was being offered a producer's job in Polygram to record Alleycats."

Enjoying the process of writing songs that become hits, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts graduate decided to change his career to music.

Two other hit songs that bear his mark are Sudirman’s Milik Siapakah Gadis Ini, and Search's Fantasia Cinta Madu. His relationship with Search is even more intimate, having brought the band to Polygram and produced five of its albums.

M. Nasir (left) with Dr Sam in the 1986 movie 'Kembara Seniman Jalanan', which M. Nasir wrote and stars in.

He recalled: "I saw their picture in the papers and had a good vibe about them before I even heard them. Then I brought Polygram's man to see them at their workplace and the rest is history."

Like all geniuses, M. Nasir doesn't limit himself to just one field. Besides music, he is also a visual artist (he held his solo exhibition in Shah Alam in 2015), an actor, a director, scriptwriter, producer, as well as the man running the record label Luncai Emas.

With so many things going on, no wonder Nasir hasn’t produced an album for more than a decade; his last outing was Sang Pencinta in 2006.

“There is a new album I am working on; it has been a work in progress for the past five years, ” he mentioned with a laugh.

When asked what’s taking him so long to come out with a new album, he answered with a chuckle: “I am always distracted by other things.”
On a more serious note, he explained: “When I was with Kembara, we were happy and honest with what we were doing. But now, the world has changed, music has changed and the way people consume music has also changed.

“So the challenge is to whether I want to adjust to contemporary tastes or not.”

While the music industry may be fickle, Nasir’s objective to introduce something fresh with everything he does remains unchanged. “That is my problem. Even if my ‘new’ is not noticeable, but I know it and that’s what I want to do.”

Go here for an interactive infographic on Nasir's career.

Sabtu, Disember 21, 2019

Aishah, M Nasir hangatkan musim baharu DFP

petikan Berita Harian 21 Disember 2019
Oleh Zaidi Mohamad
zaidim@bh.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Bakal melangkah ke musim baharu pada bulan depan, Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP) dan Orkestra Filharmonik Malaysia atau Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) menyediakan pelbagai pengisian menarik buat penggemar seni muzik.

Bagi musim ke-22 ini, mereka akan menampilkan artis antarabangsa dan tempatan, menerusi persembahan merangkumi pelbagai genre.

Menurut kenyataan dikirimkan kepada BH Online, sejajar dengan matlamat mendekatkan lagi jenama terbabit dengan segenap lapisan masyarakat negara ini, DFP dan MPO memastikan agenda pada musim terbaru lebih inovatif.

Buat penggemar muzik tempatan, nama besar dalam dunia seni, Aishah dan Datuk M Nasir pasti membuatkan mereka tidak sabar untuk memasuki dewan berprestij berkenaan apabila kedua-duanya bekerjasama dengan MPO dalam konsert solo, masing-masing pada April dan Oktober.

Datuk M Nasir akan membuat persembahan di DFP sempena musim baharu pada Oktober tahun depan. - NSTP/Khairul Azhar Ahmad. Bagi memeriahkan sambutan Syawal pada Jun pula, persembahan konsert bertemakan Senandung Lebaran menampilkan vokalis hebat akan dihidangkan kepada peminat. Konsert istimewa itu juga adalah bagi menghargai karya hebat komposer terkenal, S Atan.

Bagi penggemar muzik pop dan R&B, mereka pasti enggan melepaskan peluang keemasan menyaksikan konsert Ruffedge secara solo, yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada Mac.

Yayasan Warisan Johor pula akan mempersembahkan konsert bertemakan Malam Ritma Keroncong, khas untuk peminat irama berkenaan pada Oktober.

Sementara itu, Orkestra Filharmonik Remaja Malaysia atau Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) akan membuat kelainan dengan berkolaborasi bersama kumpulan jazz terkemuka Indonesia, Krakatau, dan kumpulan indie tempatan, Hujan, masing-masing pada Februari dan Julai.

Musim terbaru juga akan menyaksikan kehadiran Kees Bakels selaku Konduktor Laureate. Beliau ialah Pengarah Muzik pertama MPO dan menjadi tulang belakang penubuhan orkestra berkenaan pada 1998.

Bersempena ulang tahun kelahiran Beethoven yang ke-250 pula, karya agungnya akan dipersembahkan bersama gesekan biola pemuzik Amerika Syarikat, Karen Gomyo dan pemain piano tempatan, Ng Chong Lim.

Festival Balet juga diteruskan buat kali keempat dengan menyajikan karya The Nutcracker dan Cinderella pada Jun nanti. Ia pernah dipersembahkan di pentas sama pada 2013, 2016 dan 2018.

Persembahan bertemakan Cirque de la Symphonie akan turut dianjurkan, Februari depan. Ia adalah kesinambungan persembahan Cirque pada 2015 dan 2018.

Musim ke-22 DFP dan MPO juga menampilkan buat julung kali persembahan penyanyi soprano, Fleur Barron; pemain piano, Lukas Vondracek; dan pemain biola, Marc Bouchkov serta Clara-Jumi Kang.

Tokoh muzik klasikal yang akan kembali ke podium DFP pula termasuk konduktor Fabio Mechetti, Roberto Gonzalez dan Junichi Hirokami. Tidak ketinggalan membuat penampilan ialah pemain seruling, Sharon Bezaly; pemain cello, Istvan Vardai; dan pemain ‘horn’, Radovan Vlatkovic.

Duta Remaja MPO dan pemain piano, Tengku Irfan, juga bakal kembali mengagumkan peminat melalui konsert bersama MPO, Jun depan.

Peminat boleh mendapatkan maklumat lanjut mengenai persembahan berkenaan di www.mpo.com.my.

Jumaat, Disember 20, 2019

Lagu Baru!!!! Zuhud - Kmy Kmo & Luca Sickta ft M.Nasir

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Pada Jumaat 20 Disember 2019 sebuah lagu baru bertajuk "Zuhud" menampilkan KMY KMO, Luca Sickta featuring M.Nasir mula dilancarkan di semua saluran digital seperti Spotify,  Joox, Apple Music dan Youtube.

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Kmy Kmo & Luca Sickta ft M.Nasir - Zuhud (Official Music Video)


Artist : Kmy Kmo & Luca Sickta ft M.Nasir
komposer : Kmy Kmo, Luca Sickta & M.Nasir ( Luncai Emas Sdn Bhd)
Lirik: Kmy Kmo, Luca Sickta ( Luncai Emas Sdn Bhd)
Producer: Luca Sickta
Mixing & Mastering : Felix Voon

Lirik:
(Intro)
Saat serunai menjerit suatu hari nanti,
segala yang di langit dan segala yang di bumi,
yang hidup, yang mati,
yang menyamun, yang bijak,
semuanya akan dibangunkan di padang untuk berarak,

(Pre chorus)
Jadi baik cekal bagus,
terus Zuhud ke bawah,
elak dibakar hangus,
atau dihumban ke kawah,
Jadi baik kekal ragus,
terus menanam ubi,
ramai mengejar fulus lupa sebar saham budi.

(Chorus)
Jadi baik,
Cekal,
Bagus,
Terus,

Jadi baik,
Kekal,
Rakus,
Terus,

Jadi baik,
ZUHUD,
Ke bawah tanam ubi,
Jadi baik,
Berbudi,
Kau untung bukan rugi.

( Kmy Kmo )
Orang dagang dah berlabuh sauh,
sedia siaga di bumi Tuhan,
tenang ku terbang walaupun pun jauh,
Bawa pikulan tugas suruhan,
nafsu digendang diriku jatuh,
mungkin kah kerna ku budak hutan,
emosi senang berang dan patuh,
telunjuk Lakhus pun diturutkan,
yang diturunkan engkau lupuskan,
sahabat kudus tak dikhususkan,
kau pupuskan,
kau putuskan,
yang ditumpukan bukan keperluan,
kekal tumpuan buang kemahuan,
tujuan hidup bagaikan ramuan,
dituang iman jadikan acuan dalam perjalanan bersama panduan,
eh,
bukan hanya cukup lima,
bukan sekadar cukup enam,
mahu rasakan delima di Syurga
iman jangan benam,
kerap lima enam kali,
sehari kita diganggu,
teguh jati diri dari dibelenggu rindu bercandu,
jadi, baik, ZUHUD, ke bawah tanam budi,
bunuh semua ego yang memagar hati budimu,
jadi, baik, sujud walau harta ratus beribu,
berjuta kesan robak rabik hilang kerna budimu,

(Pre chorus)
(Chorus)

(Luca Sickta)
Andam karam waktu dalam salam,
Awan gelap karung kunci dada,
Ragam malam kenal suara tidak,
Dijatuhnya hukum hamba tanpa sua,
Rata-rata jadi patah siku kerna risau hunus pisau bocor saku,
Mata-Mata jadi lali bisu tanpa hirau hangus jiwa dah terpaku,
Kemudi hasrat biar sampai dapat,
Berbudi niat gapai yang tersirat,
Yang bersekutu mula menggerutu bila timbang mutu, masih rujuk buku,
Jadi baik, cekal bagus,
Dari riak, bebal terus,
Jadi bijak kerna ilmu dari menyalak nafsu cemburu,
Jadi baik..

(Bridge)
Larikan nyawa dari,
lancar mulut celupar,
lara wirang sendiri,
lepas mulut celupar,
ringan menanam budi,
hasilNYA usah takut,
dari Maha Pemberi,
pasti nasi di lutut.

(Chorus)

Khamis, Disember 12, 2019

Festival Rockaway kembali

petikan Harian Metro 12 Disember 2019
Georgie Joseph
georgie@hmetro.com.my


FESTIVAL rock terbesar Rockaway 2020 kali ini menampilkan penghibur antarabangsa dan tempatan yang akan berlangsung pada 14 hingga 15 Mac tahun depan di parkir B, Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil.

Kumpulan dari Australia, Hands Like Houses, Datuk M Nasir, XPDC, Hujan, Kyoto Protocol, Masdo, Toko Kilat dan Project E.A.R adalah barisan artis fasa pertama yang sah akan membuat persembahan.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan The Livescape Group, Iqbal Ameer berkata, festival yang mula dianjurkan sejak 2009 itu antara lain mahu memberi penghormatan kepada artis rock tempatan.

“Muzik rock mempunyai kedudukan yang sangat kuat di Malaysia. Kami rasakan ini adalah waktu yang tepat untuk memberi penghormatan kepada beberapa artis baru serta ikon-ikon rock legenda.

“Kami gembira mengumumkan Rockaway kembali dengan lebih hebat. Kami juga teruja mendapat kerjasama beberapa rakan penganjur untuk mengadakan festival ini,” katanya dalam satu sidang media, hari ini.

Menurut Iqbal, mereka mengambil empat tahun untuk kembali menganjurkan Rockaway disebabkan sibuk dengan penganjuran acara besar lain sebelum ini.

“Sejak kali terakhir dianjurkan pada 2016, kami ada acara penting lain yang perlu dikendalikan. Bagaimanapun, kami rasa teruja menganjurkan kembali selepas kerap menghadiri festival penganjur lain,” katanya.

Rockaway 2020 dianjurkan The Livescape Group bersama InTour Live dan iMe Entertainment Group Asia. Tiket boleh didapati menerusi www.galactix.asia/rockaway-festival-2020

Barisan artis yang terdiri dari kumpulan XPDC, Masdo, Hujan, Toko Kilat dan Datuk M Nasir yang akan membuat persembahan di Majlis Sidang Media Rockaway 2020 di The Bee, Publika