Ac­tor Que Haidar ded­i­cates poignant tune, ‘Kisah Cinta’, com­posed dur­ing a jour­ney be­tween KL and Ipoh, to his No. 1 fan, writes DEN­NIS CHUA

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

TENGKU Iskhan Shah Tengku Haidar has never been known to sing, de­spite be­ing recog­nised as one of the coun­try’s ver­sa­tile ac­tors.

How­ever, the 38-year-old award-win­ner, bet­ter known as Que Haidar, is tak­ing the plunge with his de­but sin­gle, Kisah Cinta, a poignant tune ded­i­cated to his No. 1 fan — his fa­ther Tengku Haidar Tengku Daud, who died at 69 in 2001.

“Kisah Cinta isn’t strictly about me miss­ing my fa­ther.

“I also ded­i­cate it to my mother, sib­lings, wife and two daugh­ters be­cause I love them,” said Que dur­ing the sin­gle’s launch at No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur (KL) re­cently.

De­scrib­ing his fa­ther as his teacher, Que cred­ited Tengku Haidar for in­still­ing in him a thirst for knowl­edge.

“My fa­ther passed away at home. Be­fore that, he was al­ways in the pink of health.

“Even though 16 years have passed, I still re­mem­ber that day and mourn his loss.”

Que came up with Kisah Cinta’s melody last year dur­ing a jour­ney be­tween KL and Ipoh with a friend.

He sub­se­quently penned the lyrics with the help of a friend, lyri­cist Ana Pena, and de­cided to have his Akademi Fan­ta­sia 2015 stu­dent Syamel Fod­zly sing the song.

How­ever, Que’s fam­ily mem­bers and friends per­suaded him to sing it in­stead.

“They said since the song is my labour of love, I would be the best per­son to sing it and it would be good for me to try some­thing new.”

Que ad­mit­ted that he was “no singer” and merely at­tended a few singing lessons con­ducted by vo­cal in­struc­tor Siti Ha­jar Is­mail, while study­ing per­form­ing arts at the Na­tional Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage Academy (Aswara) be­tween 1997 and 2001.

“I recorded the song within a day, with help from Along of Ex­ists, who ar­ranged the mu­sic.”

He said the tune was ac­com­pa­nied by a string quar­tet, a per­cus­sion­ist and a gui­tarist.

The song is sup­ported by Ikatan Seni Ko­mu­niti Anak Felda (ISKAF), of which he is a mem­ber.

Que is also an arts lec­turer at the non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­motes per­form­ing arts among youths in Felda set­tle­ments.

He said he was still an ac­tor, but was more selec­tive with tele­vi­sion and film roles now.

That said, the tal­ented ac­tor hoped that Kisah Cinta could be made into a theme song for a suit­able film, or TV drama.

So is Que se­ri­ous about start­ing a singing ca­reer?

“I can’t an­swer that ques­tion, as this is a one-off pro­ject in mem­ory of my fa­ther.

“I will send it to ma­jor ra­dio sta­tions and if fans’ feed­back is strong, I may con­sider record­ing more songs,” said Que, who is mar­ried to chore­og­ra­pher Linda Jas­mine Hashim.

They have their own fash­ion brand, The Haidars, and the cou­ple have man­aged a Ra­madan stall at the Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre for the last six years.


Tengku Iskhan Shah Tengku Haidar, bet­ter known as Que Haidar, says ‘Kisah Cinta’ is ded­i­cated to his fa­ther, Tengku Haidar Tengku Daud, who died in 2001.

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