‘My ta­lent isn’t ac­cepted in my coun­try’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

THEY say when a door closes, another one opens. And this is par­tic­u­larly true for Sin­ga­pore-born singer-ac­tor Harris Baba.

Harris Baba, or his full name, Khawaja Mo­ham­mad Harris Baba, started out as a singer in the is­land republic, but a year after making his of­fi­cial de­but, his ca­reer re­mained stag­nant.

So, the 26-year-old de­cided to try his luck in Malaysia. And Lady Luck has been smil­ing down at him ever since.

“Some­times, the uni­verse works in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

“I was hop­ing that my ca­reer would take off in my home­land, but that didn’t hap­pen. My rezeki seems to be in Malaysia,” he said at the launch of his sec­ond sin­gle Parah at Red Box in The Gar­dens Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Making it eas­ier for Harris to call Malaysia home is his mar­riage to a Saba­han, Nik Naz­iha Zawawi, last year. The cou­ple had, on Feb 10, wel­comed a daugh­ter they named Aleena Ziya Khawaja.

Harris, who still feels slighted that his ta­lent was not ap­pre­ci­ated in his home coun­try, said: “It’s re­ally sad, but that’s how things turned out for me.”

A be­liever of fate, he re­mains thank­ful for the op­por­tu­ni­ties Malaysia had given him so far.

“I trea­sure ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that come my way. It’s part and par­cel of learn­ing for me as well.”

See­ing the sup­port from fans, Harris prom­ises to work harder.

“That’s how I give back to my fans who have been sup­port­ive of my ca­reer. I will con­tinue to give my best,” he said.

The singer, who re­leased his de­but sin­gle Katakan last year, said Parah was com­posed by award-win­ning singer-song­writer Faizal Tahir, to­gether with composers Mike Chan, Ezra Kong and Romeo.

The song, which was made avail­able on YouTube re­cently, has gar­nered more than 300,000 views.

Be­sides singing, Harris has also acted in TV drama se­ries and tele­movies such as Is­teri Tuan Ih­san, Cinta Vi­ral and Alien Planet Cinta.

Harris Baba at the launch of his new sin­gle in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

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