When a ‘mi­nah salleh’ sings Malay songs, and does it oh so well, LOONG WAI TING gets all in­trigued

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

SHE first posted a video on YouTube of her­self singing Om­bak Rindu in 2012. Her ver­sion of the hit song, made pop­u­lar by Hafiz Suip and Adira, raked in over a mil­lion views on her of­fi­cial YouTube ac­count, Cassidy La Creme.

And since then, 29-year-old Aussie Cassidy An­der­son went on to cover other pop­u­lar Malay tunes, in­clud­ing Amy Search’s Ti­ada Lagi, Su­dah Ku Tahu by Pro­jec­tor Band and Te­man Peng­ganti by Black and Malique.

From do­ing cov­ers, An­der­son, or Kasi­dah as she calls her­self, is thrilled to fi­nally have a Malay tune to call her own.

Ti­tled Seperti Dia, this re­cently-re­leased love bal­lad, com­posed by Mike Chan and Ezra Kong, is dis­trib­uted un­der Warner Mu­sic Malaysia.

An­der­son, who now calls Kuala Lumpur her home, said that since she had not mas­tered Ba­hasa Me­layu, she spent a full day work­ing on the cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion be­fore tak­ing an­other three days to un­der­stand the con­text.

“I want to un­der­stand what I’m singing. I don’t want to sim­ply mem­o­rise the lyrics with­out know­ing what ev­ery word means. To me, it’s dis­re­spect­ful to the lan­guage,” she said at An Evening With Warner Mu­sic Malaysia event at The Bee in Pub­lika, Kuala Lumpur, re­cently.

An­der­son said there were plans to pro­mote the sin­gle to the huge Malay com­mu­nity in Aus­tralia.

“That would be great! I’d love to share my mu­sic with them.”

A huge fan of Datuk Siti Nurhal­iza, An­der­son knows most of the songs by Malaysia’s No. 1 singer. Her favourites are Cindai, Biar­lah Rah­sia and Muara Hati (a duet with Hafiz).

She first fell in love with the Malay cul­ture and its lan­guage while work­ing in Sin­ga­pore five years ago.

“I started hanging out with my Malay friends who then in­tro­duced me to their cul­ture. We watched a lot of Malay movies and lis­tened to Malay songs. Af­ter awhile, I was hooked!” said An­der­son, who once worked at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore, im­per­son­at­ing Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe.

In 2012, she was nom­i­nated for the So­cial Me­dia Nova cat­e­gory at the pres­ti­gious re­gional mu­sic awards Anugerah Planet Muzik.

Since then she has been count­ing her bless­ings and en­joy­ing pos­i­tive feed­back from her fans.

“Mu­sic is what I am pas­sion­ate about and I feel for­tu­nate to be able to do this for a liv­ing,” said An­der­son who has no prob­lem con­vers­ing in ba­sic Malay.

“I have so much more to learn on gram­mar and vo­cab­u­lary.”

Cur­rently sin­gle, An­der­son is prac­ti­cally “mar­ried” to her work.

“I have dated Malay men be­fore. Saya belum kah­win (I’m not mar­ried) and I’m not in a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship since I am bogged down with work,” she said, be­fore break­ing into a laugh.


YouTube sen­sa­tion Cassidy An­der­son is learn­ing Ba­hasa Me­layu as she wants to un­der­stand what she is singing.

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