Spicy kick to Cakra’s voice

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

HOT and spicy dishes are of­ten avoided by singers, as most be­lieve such food dam­ages the vo­cal chords.

But pop­u­lar In­done­sian R&B star Cakra Khan be­lieves oth­er­wise; that con­sum­ing spicy sam­bal gives his vo­cals a shot in the arm.

“Eat­ing chilli paste and sam­bal makes my voice sound lighter and more melo­di­ous.

“This may sound strange to most of my fel­low singers, but some­how it works for me,” said Cakra at the launch of Konsert Nova 2017 in Royale Chu­lan Da­mansara Ho­tel, Mu­tiara Da­mansara in Petaling Jaya, Se­lan­gor, re­cently.

Wher­ever he goes for a concert, Cakra makes sure he brings along a suf­fi­cient sup­ply of sam­bal pedas to add to his meals.

“I al­ways bring sam­bal and chilli paste from my home­town along with me when­ever I’m trav­el­ling.

“While I have eaten spicy dishes in the Klang Val­ley, they don’t come close to what we have back home.”

So, what is Cakra’s ideal level of hot and spicy?

“The hot­ter the bet­ter for me. I like it when it brings tears to my eyes!”

Cakra, who al­ways con­sumes his hot and spicy meal an hour or two be­fore a per­for­mance, also makes sure he stays clear of air­con­di­tioned rooms an hour be­fore he steps on to the stage.

“Sit­ting un­der the cool blast of an air con­di­tioner af­fects my voice and health. I’d rather get all warmed up by the af­ter-ef­fects of a spicy meal, which works won­ders with my voice within an hour or two.”

In Kosert Nova, which takes place in Sta­dium Malawati in Shah Alam at 8.30pm on Aug 5, Cakra will be joined on stage by fel­low In­done­sian singers Judika, Syahrini and Mia Isni.

Their Malaysian coun­ter­parts are Dayang Nur­faizah, Faizal Tahir and Azlan Rosle of Azlan and the Typewriter.

The two-hour event will see Aubrey Suwito as the mu­sic di­rec­tor and Akademi Fan­ta­sia 3 grad­u­ate Reza Mo­hamad as its em­cee.

Each singer will per­form six to seven songs, and there will also be duets in­volv­ing the Malaysian and In­done­sian artistes.

“I’ll be singing my new songs — Kekasih Bayan­gan and Men­cari Cinta Se­jati — and I’ll also have a duet with Syahrini,” said Cakra, adding that the songs would be in­cluded in a new al­bum, set for re­lease in De­cem­ber.

Men­cari Cinta Se­jati is one of the songs from the sound­track of last year’s biopic Rudy Habi­bie.

“Kekasih Bayan­gan has been get­ting good air­play back home, and it’s a song about un­re­quited love, some­thing which is close to my heart.”

Concert or­gan­iser Suasana Enak Sdn Bhd’s chair­man Datuk Mo­ham­mad Ka­mal Yan Ya­haya said Konsert Nova 2017 was held to com­mem­o­rate 60 years of friend­ship be­tween Malaysia and In­done­sia, and 60 years of Malaysian in­de­pen­dence.

He an­nounced that there would be a Nova Car­ni­val on Aug 4 and 5 out­side the sta­dium as a sideshow for the concert.

Tick­ets for the concert, priced be­tween RM103 and RM602, are avail­able at www.kon­sert­nova.com. By Den­nis Chua


(From left) Cakra Khan, Azlan Rosle, Judika and Faizal Tahir at a press con­fer­ence on their up­com­ing concert, Konsert Nova, at Royale Chu­lan Da­mansara re­cently.

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