Dayang’s re­splen­dent re­sume

Singer Dayang Nur­faizah shares with Syahi­rah Mokhtazar her ex­cite­ment over her new al­bum

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POW­ER­FUL pipes and a great vo­cal range get singer Dayang Nur­faizah Awang Dowty un­di­vided at­ten­tion from the au­di­ence when­ever she per­forms her mov­ing bal­lads on­stage. In per­son, she speaks so softly you have to move a lit­tle closer just to hear her bet­ter. Her hum­ble man­ner re­flects a down-to-earth per­son de­spite her mega suc­cess in the lo­cal mu­sic scene.

Seven­teen years on, de­spite a col­lec­tion of awards to her­name, she hasn’t grown an ego. In fact she’s work­ing harder than ever.

Af­ter win­ning the re­cent Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL 2017), her work sched­ule has been su­per-packed.

About a month ago, the singer col­lab­o­rated with rap­per-com­poser Malique for a song called Pe­jamkan Mata.

“What’s in­ter­est­ing about this song is that I didn’t per­son­ally meet Malique to work to­gether. I recorded my voice and sent it over to his pro­duc­tion team so they could ‘tie’ our voices to­gether,” she said when met re­cently.

An­other big thing she’s work­ing on is the re­lease of her lat­est self-ti­tled al­bum, slated to be out on April 10. While it’s more of­ten these days to hear singers just drop­ping sin­gles, Dayang chose to re­lease a 10-track al­bum.

MUL­TI­PLE BAL­LADS

Three out of the 10 tunes are her pre­vi­ous hit sin­gles Di Pintu Syurga, Tak Per­nah Meny­erah and Le­laki Ter­a­gung. The rest are new com­po­si­tions.

“I wanted a full al­bum be­cause I feel that it’s more com­plete as op­posed to re­leas­ing sin­gles. This al­bum rep­re­sents my re­sume. Ev­ery singer has to have their own re­sume or port­fo­lio. And this is mine,” she said.

Dayang ex­plained that the al­bum will be avail­able on iTunes and Spo­tify. “But I’m an old-school kind of girl so I will still pro­duce phys­i­cal copies of this al­bum. I need to be able to feel and hold my al­bum in my hands,” she said with a laugh.

The com­posers for the al­bum in­clude Aubrey Suwito, Hazami, Omar K and Ajai, whom she has not worked with for about 16 years. Ajai, whose full name is Mohd Faizal Maas, is the singer-com­poser who com­posed Se­andainya Masih Ada Cinta , the song that launched Dayang to fame in 2001.

“I feel so blessed to be able to work with Ajai again as well as the other com­posers. This al­bum has a wide range of bal­lads cre­ated by com­posers I’ve worked with be­fore. There are some new ones too. I think this is what makes this al­bum re­ally spe­cial,” she said.

The only trou­ble she’s fac­ing right now is to de­cide which song to push as her first sin­gle from the al­bum. “It’s hard to choose be­cause I re­ally want to live up to my fans’ ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter Le­laki Ter­a­gung. I wouldn’t want to dis­ap­point them,” she said. AL­BUM SHOW­CASE

In con­junc­tion with the re­lease of the al­bum, Dayang will have a show­case on April 18, at MATIC in KL to per­form the songs from her al­bum.

Ap­par­ently, fans were su­per-hyped about see­ing their favourite idol in ac­tion, judg­ing by the fast ticket sales. In the span of two days since the an­nounce­ment of the show­case, half of the tick­ets were al­ready sold.

“It’s good to know that I still have the sup­port of my fans. Be­ing in the in­dus­try for 17 years, I won’t deny that it’s hard to main­tain a pres­ence, which is why it’s im­por­tant to con­stantly come out with al­bums.

“It’s a way to show my fans that I am still here, ac­tively singing,” she said be­fore adding that the show­case will be spe­cial as fans will be able to in­ter­act with her dur­ing a meet-and-greet ses­sion.

ROLE MODEL

Dayang has been given the hon­our of be­ing the spe­cial guest artiste to per­form at Ta­pes­try Of Colours, an up­com­ing fundrais­ing con­cert col­lab­o­ra­tively or­gan­ised by Yayasan Uni­ver­sity Te­knologi Pu­tra (UTP), UTP Alumni, and De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas (DFP) to be held on July 29. It will show­case over 200 UTP en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy stu­dents, who will be per­form­ing var­i­ous cul­tural songs and dances.

“I will per­form four songs. It’s great for me to be in­volved in this con­cert be­cause these tech and en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents get to ex­plore arts and cul­ture,” she said.

When asked what ad­vice she has for as­pir­ing singers, she said: “Hav­ing the tal­ent is of course im­por­tant, but you have to work hard to achieve your goals. Be pa­tient, and you’ll even­tu­ally get there,” she said.

Con­cert tick­ets for Ta­pes­try Of Colours are priced from RM106 to RM446.

Call DFP Box Of­fice at 0323317007 or visit www.mpo.com.my

I’m an old-school kind of girl so I will still pro­duce phys­i­cal copies of this al­bum. I need to be able to feel and hold my al­bum in my hands. Dayang Nur­faizah

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