Celebrity chef Fa­z­ley copes with tragedies in ‘Ke­ti­adaan’

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

MORE of a celebrity chef in re­cent years, multi-tal­ented Datuk Fa­z­ley Yaakob en­joys singing, and oc­ca­sion­ally he finds mu­si­cal beauty in a song of sad­ness.

Fa­z­ley, 38, has just come up with a mov­ing new sin­gle ti­tled Ke­ti­adaan (Ab­sence), which is largely in­spired by sad events over the last few years, such as the tragedies of Malaysia Air­lines flights MH370 and MH17, as well as the deaths of his fa­ther and grand­mother.

“Ke­ti­adaan is a song that’s close to my heart. It’s my per­sonal ex­pres­sion of the grief I’ve felt fol­low­ing the loss of my loved ones, na­tional tragedies that sad­dened all of us, and set­backs in life faced by my friends,” said Fa­z­ley re­cently.

“The loss of a loved one comes sud­denly, without warn­ing, and it leaves us bro­ken and griev­ing within. As one who has been deeply moved by such a loss, I felt the urge to pen my lat­est sin­gle, and it’s my way of cop­ing with it.”

Ke­ti­adaan is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Fa­z­ley and renowned com­poser Azlan Abu Has­san.

“My new song does not merely talk about lone­li­ness re­sult­ing from the death of a loved one, it also ref­er­ences sto­ries of breakups and shat­tered dreams. It comes at a painful pe­riod of my life, when I lost my fa­ther and then my grand­mother within the space of just a week.”

Fa­z­ley said he was still mourn­ing the deaths of his loved ones, and mem­o­ries of their happy times to­gether emerge in his dreams al­most ev­ery night.

“These mem­o­ries have be­come things of the past, and they re­main as im­ages in the many pho­tos I took with them on my smartphone,” he said.

Pour­ing his emo­tions into ev­ery line in his new song, Fa­z­ley com­pleted it within a day and he took only 30 min­utes to record it in the stu­dio.

“The record­ing took place at Stu­dio 301 in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, and I’ll be coming up with a mu­sic video for it soon. It’ll be up­loaded on my YouTube chan­nel.”

Elab­o­rat­ing on the mu­sic video, Fa­z­ley said it was filmed in Syd­ney as well as Reims and Paris in France. While it mostly fea­tures him singing, it also con­tains snip­pets of his happy times with his late fa­ther.

“I’ll have a Man­darin ver­sion of the song, too, and I’ve sought the help of fel­low artiste Dr Soo Wincci in trans­lat­ing the lyrics. I plan to have it pen­e­trate the Tai­wanese mar­ket, and there’ll also be a mu­sic video recorded solely in the coun­try,” said Fa­z­ley who is Malaysia’s Ha­lal Tourism Am­bas­sador to Tai­wan.

He is con­fi­dent that Ke­ti­adaan will be well-re­ceived by lo­cals and Tai­wanese mu­sic lis­ten­ers, since it speaks to the heart.

Ke­ti­adaan can be down­loaded via Spo­tify at http://bit.ly/ke­ti­adaans­po­tify, iTunes/Ap­ple Mu­sic (http://bit.ly/ke­ti­adaan­i­tunes) and YouTube (http://bit.ly/ke­ti­adaany­outubeau­dio). By Den­nis Chua

Multi-tal­ented celebrity Datuk Fa­z­ley Yaakob’s sin­gle Ke­ti­adaan is largely in­spired by sad events over the last few years.

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