Singer Faizal to mo­ti­vate var­sity stu­dents on nationwide tour

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

AWARD-WIN­NING singer-cum-song­writer Faizal Tahir, who re­cently be­came an am­bas­sador for the gov­ern­ment’s Skim Lati­han 1Malaysia (SL1M), has a new task on his hand.

It in­volves him giv­ing mo­ti­va­tional talks in uni­ver­si­ties .

“Next month, I’ll be­gin the nationwide tour to uni­ver­si­ties.

“As an am­bas­sador, I will share my ex­pe­ri­ence as a self-made mu­si­cian with job-seek­ing stu­dents.

“My goal is to get them to be­lieve in them­selves and not give up on achiev­ing their ca­reer dreams.

“I be­lieve that per­se­ver­ance, cou­pled with pos­i­tive think­ing, is the key to achiev­ing one’s dreams. If we have that ‘can do’ spirit and con­fi­dence in our­selves, we can get what we want,” said the 39-year-old.

The scheme, launched last month, sees the in­volve­ment of more than 100 com­pa­nies.

“It seeks to help un­em­ployed youth find jobs and pro­vide them with skills train­ing so that they can con­trib­ute to the econ­omy.

Faizal said he would share his songs, which con­tain el­e­ments of mo­ti­va­tion and per­se­ver­ance, with the stu­dents.

“I hope my songs will help them cope with chal­lenges and spur them to suc­ceed.”

He is one of sev­eral artistes ap­pointed as am­bas­sadors for SL1M.

The other is com­edy trio Zero, com­pris­ing brothers Syai­ful, Kadir and Ku­nal Doli Sharif.

Faizal, who has four al­bums, said his mu­si­cal di­rec­tion re­mained the same, de­spite talk that he had given up pop-rock mu­sic to fo­cus on spiritual and re­li­gious mu­sic themes.

“While I’m in­creas­ingly pas­sion­ate about songs with hu­man­i­tar­ian and spiritual qual­i­ties, I’ll con­tinue to sing pop-rock tunes since th­ese are the songs that kick-started my ca­reer more than a decade ago,” said Faizal at a meet-and-greet ses­sion with young fans as bev­er­age Hor­licks’ new brand am­bas­sador at My­din Su­per­mar­ket in Subang Jaya re­cently.

He will come up with pop songs that con­tain hu­man­i­tar­ian mes­sages.

“I go for songs that have great im­pact, as th­ese send pos­i­tive mes­sages to lis­ten­ers. Mu­sic not only heals the soul, but also changes peo­ple for the bet­ter,” said Faizal, who is pro­mot­ing his al­bum Anatomi Faizal Tahir, re­leased last year.

The fa­ther of six re­cently spent a week host­ing a spiritual tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary in Jakarta, In­done­sia, about the life and mis­sion of the Nine Saints of Java, or Wali Songo.

“Made for In­done­sian TV, it is an in­ter­est­ing project be­cause it opened my eyes about how mis­sion­ar­ies from Malaysia and In­done­sia had worked to­gether for a com­mon spiritual cause.”

He last hosted a TV show in 2007 when he joined Fara Fauzana and Putri An­dreanna Syigim in pre­sent­ing TV3’s re­al­ity tal­ent search GangS­tarz for TV3. By Dennis Chua

BY MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA PIC

Singer-cum-song­writer Faizal Tahir (cen­tre with sun­glasses) with fans in Subang Jaya on Sun­day.

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