Good news for Faizal Tahir’s fans

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

WHILE busy pre­par­ing for Kon­sert Nova 2017, which will see the in­volve­ment of lo­cal and In­done­sian artistes on Aug 5 at Sta­dium Malawati, Shah Alam, award-win­ning singer-song­writer Faizal Tahir has more good news for his fans.

He is set to em­bark on a na­tion­wide tour in Novem­ber or De­cem­ber, some­thing which he has not done for some time due to his busy sched­ule.

“It’s high time that I toured the coun­try since the last time I did so was more than five years ago,” said Faizal at the launch of Kon­sert Nova 2017 at Royale Chu­lan Da­mansara Ho­tel in Mu­tiara Da­mansara, Petaling Jaya, re­cently.

Be­sides pro­mot­ing his lat­est al­bum, Anatomi Faizal Tahir, re­leased last year, Faizal con­sid­ers the tour as a “thank you gift” for fans who have been sup­port­ing him, en­abling him to clinch the Grup/Duo MeleTOP ti­tle, to­gether with Datuk Siti Nurhal­iza, at the re­cent Anugerah MeleTOP Era 2017.

“I’m look­ing at three to five stops in my tour.

“The Klang Val­ley is a def­i­nite yes, as well as Jo­hor and Sabah, Sarawak, es­pe­cially Kota Kin­a­balu.

“The other two stops in­clude Pe­nang and a ma­jor town in the east coast like Kuala Terengganu.”

The 39-year-old artiste, who is giv­ing mo­ti­va­tional talks at lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties as am­bas­sador for the govern­ment’s Skim Lati­han 1Malaysia, shares his ex­pe­ri­ence and mo­ti­va­tional songs as a self­made mu­si­cian with job-seek­ing grad­u­ates, mo­ti­vat­ing them to be­lieve in them­selves and pur­sue their dreams.

On his in­volve­ment in Kon­sert Nova, Faizal said he was the “mys­tery singer” whom or­gan­iser Suasana Enak Sdn Bhd had fans vote for prior to the con­cert’s launch on April 25.

Faizal will be one of seven singers en­ter­tain­ing fans in the two-hour con­cert.

The oth­ers are Dayang Nur­faizah and Azlan Rosle of Azlan and the Type­writer, and In­done­sians Cakra Khan, Judika, Syahrini and Mia Isni.

Com­poser Aubrey Suwito will be the mu­sic di­rec­tor.

Each singer will per­form six to seven songs.

There will also be duets in­volv­ing artistes from both coun­tries.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the con­cert as it gives me the chance to col­lab­o­rate with In­done­sian mu­si­cal tal­ents.

“I’ve per­formed with Cakra be­fore. He has an amaz­ing, soul­ful voice,” said Faizal

Faizal, who vis­ited In­done­sia early last month for hu­man­i­tar­ian work as part of his non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, I Am Faith Men’s pro­grammes, helped In­done­sian artiste Dewi San­dra ren­o­vate a shel­ter home for street kids in Jakarta.

PIC BY NU­RUL SYAZANA ROSE RAZMAN

Faizal Tahir at the launch of Kon­sert Nova 2017 in Petaling Jaya re­cently.

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