WINGS TO ROCK FOR NO­BLE CAUSE

Long­stand­ing rock out­fit Wings will hold its first-ever show in the holy month of Ra­madan, writes BIBI NUR­SHUHADA RAMLI

New Straits Times - - Entertainmentt -

WHO says rockers can’t be spir­i­tual as well? Leg­endary rock group Wings will be or­gan­is­ing a buka puasa event on June 17 for its fans in cel­e­bra­tion of the holy month.

“Raikan Ra­madan Al Mubarak Ber­sama Wings And Su­per­friends” will be held at 6pm at Premiera Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur.

“Some peo­ple may think that rock and re­li­gion don’t mix,” said Wings front­man Datuk Awie, 48, at at the ho­tel re­cently.

“They may pre­fer solo or

nasyid per­form­ers in­stead, but they for­get that even rockers can pull off re­li­gious tunes. And I can safely say that Wings is a very ver­sa­tile band.

“Thank­fully, Premiera Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur, our co-or­gan­iser, has opened its doors for us to make the show pos­si­ble,” he said.

Join­ing Wings on stage for the band’s first-ever Ra­madan per­for­mance will be Su­per­friends, com­pris­ing Kudeen of 3 Juara,

Uchop of Bukan Sekadar Rupa,

Liza Hanim, Rody Kristal and Ed­die Def-Gab-C.

Awie said that in Wings’ 32year his­tory, Ra­madan was when the band took a break from per­form­ing to fo­cus on per­sonal re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties.

“This year, we’ll sac­ri­fice our free time to per­form for our sup­port­ers. We won’t take this op­por­tu­nity for granted and like al­ways, we will try to bring some­thing new to the ta­ble,” said the vo­cal­ist, whose real name is Datuk Ah­mad Azhar Oth­man.

To suit the month’s spir­i­tual theme, the show will not only fea­ture songs by Wings but also those that re­late to Ra­madan and the month of Syawal.

“Ex­pect to hear the likes of

S. Jibeng’s ev­er­green hit Musafir

Di Aidil­fitri, As­maul Husna (99

Names Of Al­lah), or selawat

(praises to the holy Prophet),” said Awie, adding that cer­tain Wings songs, such as Dari Tuhan and Mis­teri Mimpi Syakilla, re­volve around spir­i­tual themes.

“We haven’t de­cided on the fi­nal set list yet but it will em­pha­sise themes of spir­i­tu­al­ity and hu­man­ity,” said Awie.

The din­ner show of­fers three types of ta­bles: Wings And Su­per­friends (RM10,000 per ta­ble); The Moroc­cans (RM5,000 per ta­ble) and In­di­vid­ual (RM150 per per­son).

The show will be di­vided into three seg­ments, with the first fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by Su­per­friends. The sec­ond will be an a capella show­case, while the third is when Wings per­forms acous­ti­cally with gui­tarist Edrie Hashim and Wings’ former mem­ber Syam.

“Whether it will be en­tirely acous­tic or elec­tric, that’s the sur­prise. Maybe we’ll even hear Awie per­form­ing the azan,” said Wings bassist Ed­die.

“We will prom­ise not to de­lay the event, so that the au­di­ence can per­form their prayers.”

Premiera Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur, the show’s part­ner, will pro­vide a prayer room. For fans out­side of Kuala Lumpur, the ho­tel is of­fer­ing a two-day-one-night stay com­plete with sahur (pre-dawn meal) for two, and two passes to “Raikan Ra­madan Al Mubarak Ber­sama Wings And Su­per- friends”, all for RM550.

If this show is suc­cess­ful, Awie said he might do more Ra­madan events in the fu­ture.

“Hope­fully this will open more doors for other rock artistes to con­trib­ute as well,” he said.

The pro­ceeds from the show will be do­nated to a tah­fiz school.

For de­tails and book­ing info, call 019-297 5260, 016-498 2254, or visit www.sayap2wings.com.

PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN

Wings vo­cal­ist Datuk Ah­mad Azhar Oth­man, bet­ter known as Awie, says rockers can also pull off re­li­gious tunes.

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