Ben proves he has not lost his touch

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: “It is good to be back. I am ready to face the world,” said for­mer 1980s singer Ben Nathan in an ap­pear­ance on TV1’s Se­la­mat Pagi Malaysia’s morn­ing show yes­ter­day.

Ben, 54, sported a fresh and dash­ing look after his locks were chopped and beard shaved.

He proved he had not lost his touch, by belt­ing out Ilusi Satu

Penan­tian.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Yayasan Ar­tis 1Malaysia (YA1M) pres­i­dent Datuk Ir­wan Shah Ab­dul­lah, bet­ter known as D.J. Dave, he said he was happy to be back in the spot­light and had be­gun re­hears­ing songs with his brother, Bob.

“I wish to thank the me­dia, the staff of Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal, my fam­ily and friends for their sup­port,” he said.

Ben had been seek­ing a come­back, and looks for­ward to pro­duc­ing new songs.

For 26 years, he wan­dered the city, then lived on the streets after a record­ing deal fell apart. After much per­sua­sion, Ben was re­united with his fam­ily last month.

Dave told New Straits Times yes­ter­day that YA1M was join­ing hands with Jojo Events Sdn Bhd to or­gan­ise a char­ity con­cert for Ben on May 21.

The con­cert, ti­tled Kon­sert Kasih & Hara­pan Ben Nathan’ will be held at Saloma Bistro.

“After all th­ese years, it is good to know my old pal is back,” said Dave. “I am happy that he has re­ceived many ac­co­lades from fel­low Malaysians.

“Ben’s health has im­proved but he is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal,” he said, adding that the hos­pi­tal staff had been very help­ful.

Dave also de­bunked ru­mours that Ben was men­tally un­sta­ble.

“The ru­mours are not true. Ben is per­fectly nor­mal.”

“When Ben was found last month, he was kept un­der strict ob­ser­va­tion and at­tended coun­selling.”

Dave said YA1M was pre­par­ing to go to Jakarta, In­done­sia, where Ben would com­pose and record songs with Bob.

In the 1980s, Ben was fa­mous for songs, such as Ilusi Satu

Penan­tian and Stanza Sekeping

Hati. He had recorded six al­bums.

Ben Nathan (right) and brother Bob per­form­ing for TV1’s ‘Se­la­mat Pagi Malaysia’ at Wisma TV Angkas­a­puri in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

With them is Datuk D.J. Dave (left). PIC BY SAIFULLIZAN TAMADI

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