Ben Nathan marks mu­si­cal come­back with con­cert, 2 new sin­gles

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

TWO months ago, when 1980s singer Ben Nathan said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view that he was “back and ready to face the world”, his fans have been count­ing down to his first come­back con­cert.

Their wait ends on May 21, for that is when the crooner be­hind the hit song Stanza Sepi Sekeping Hati will ser­e­nade fans with four of his most well-known songs, which were ra­dio sta­ples 27 years ago.

And bet­ter news for fans, 55year-old Ben will head to Jakarta, In­done­sia, af­ter Hari Raya to ful­fil a long-held wish to record new songs.

“Fi­nally, I’ll be off to Jakarta, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to that trip. I’ll be hit­ting the stu­dio to record two songs there, and my mu­si­cian brother, Bob, will be writ­ing them,” said Ben when an­nounc­ing his come­back con­cert, “Kon­sert Kasih Dan Hara­pan: Ben Nathan”, at Hard Rock Cafe, Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail, Kuala Lumpur, re­cently.

Ben’s Jakarta trip is or­gan­ised by Jojo Events and sup­ported by Yayasan Ar­tis 1Malaysia (YA1M).

Jojo Events and YA1M are also be­hind his come­back con­cert, which will be held at noon on May 21 in Saloma Bistro And Restau­rant, Jalan Am­pang, Kuala Lumpur.

“I’ve just cel­e­brated my birth­day on April 24 with my fam­ily in Petaling Jaya, and the con­cert and trip to Jakarta are the best birth­day presents I’ve re­ceived in years!

“From the bot­tom of my heart, I’d like to thank YA1M, Jojo Events, artiste friends, fam­ily and fans for their love and sup­port — you’re the great­est!” said a de­lighted Ben who has six al­bums and 30 songs un­der his belt.

Ben is the sev­enth of 11 sib­lings and hails from Bukit Mer­ta­jam, Penang. His best known songs are Stanza Sepi Sekeping Hati, Ilusi Satu Penan­tian and Tak Mungkin.

Bob said Ben was liv­ing with his fam­ily and prac­tis­ing his songs daily. Some of his old friends from the mu­sic in­dus­try, most no­tably Datuk D.J. Dave, Man Bai and Sa­hara Yaa­cob, have vis­ited him reg­u­larly to cheer him up.

“His doc­tor vis­its him monthly and he has been tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion daily,” said D.J. Dave.

Dave, who is also YA1M pres­i­dent, said Ben’s health was im­prov­ing steadily af­ter six weeks of treat­ment at Kuala Lumpur Hos­pi­tal, where doc­tors have said that he was 80 per cent re­cov­ered.

Dave will be one of Ben’s guest artistes at the 105-minute con­cert, which will see 20 songs per­formed. Other singers in­clude Datuk M. Nasir, Nash, Fredo Vil­lenguez, Aris Ari­watan, Sa­hara, Ram­lah Ram and Mais­arah Faizal.

The con­cert is also to raise funds for Ben’s med­i­cal treat­ment and ther­apy. Pro­ceeds will be chan­nelled into a special fund cre­ated by YA1M to as­sist him.

Present at the launch of “Kon­sert Kasih Dan Hara­pan: Ben Nathan” were Jojo Events founder Tan Sri Syed Yu­sof Syed Nasir, M. Nasir, Sa­hara and Mais­arah.

The con­cert is sup­ported by The Malay Mail, Kool FM, Ren­tak Se­juta, Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur and Saloma Bistro And Restau­rant.

Tick­ets are priced at RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000 per ta­ble, and RM100 for in­di­vid­u­als in­clu­sive of lunch. Call Hard Rock Cafe at 03-2715 5555, YA1M at 03-2276 3327 / 2272 1080 / 018-871 4305. Re­port­ing by Den­nis Chua

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