New vibes with Sheila Ma­jid

Twenty-six years af­ter her 1991 Le­genda con­cert, the singer re­turns to the Sta­dium Ne­gara stage to­mor­row night, writes Syahi­rah Mokhtazar

New Straits Times - - Groove - T 8pm to­mor­row at Sta­dium Ne­gara, jazz queen Datuk Sheila Ma­jid will hold her long-awaited con­cert. The last time she per­formed at the same venue was 26 years ago for her 1991 Le­genda con­cert, so it isn’t sur­pris­ing that Sheila is look­ing for­ward to the

Datuk Sheila Ma­jid (cen­tre) dur­ing re­hearsals with Mac Chew (on the left key­board) and Jenny Chin (on the right).

en­ergy from the au­di­ence. If they are quiet, you’ll have to find a way to get them to warm up to you,” she said.

And to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing all night, stamina is key. Sheila ex­er­cises to in­crease her stamina.

“I’m con­sis­tent when it comes to ex­er­cise. I don’t just do it when I have a con­cert. Ex­er­cis­ing has al­ways been a part of my life.”

As for Chew, he went down mem­ory lane to re­view old record­ings of Sheila’s Le­genda con­cert. As a mu­si­cian who has col­lab­o­rated with many artistes, it was cru­cial to get reac­quainted with those spe­cial Sheila Ma­jid vibes again.

“When I watched the record­ings, it brought back mem­o­ries of mu­sic in that era. It’s a great feel­ing and I re­ally can’t wait for this con­cert,” he said. “We put on a great show then, and now with ad­vanced

Mac Chew tech­nol­ogy, we can achieve so much more,” he added.

Chew ad­mit­ted it was a chal­lenge to se­lect Sheila’s hits to be in­cluded in a med­ley. “And med­leys are the only way to fit as many songs as pos­si­ble into a con­cert.”

Sheila added: “This con­cert is for fans, so I will try to sing as many songs as I can.”

Chew has tweaked the orig­i­nal mu­sic ar­range­ments but main­tained the essence of Sheila’s songs.

“I com­bined the songs and ar­ranged them in a way that fits the cur­rent mu­si­cal scene so that it will have a big­ger ap­peal to the crowd, which is ex­pected to com­prise the young and old,” he said.

“Ex­pect a few sur­prises along the way. The con­cert is go­ing to be fun and memorable.”

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