A spiritual slant to Baggio
While not opting out of the pop-rock genre, the Damasutra lead singer tells Dennis Chua the world needs more uplifting songs
Baggio, born on June 3, 1971, is promoting his single, composed by Awang of BPR and written by Hairul Anuar Harun of (Datuk Siti Nurhaliza’s hit song) fame.“It’s a pop song, different from Damasutra’s pop-rock flavour. It’s spiritual pop, something I’m more interested in these days,” he says, adding that he has not abandoned the pop-rock genre.
“I like songs with a spiritual slant because our world seems to be seeing many tragedies of late, and I feel we need more of such songs,” he says.
comes with a music video, featuring Baggio with a back-up band, and scenes of impoverished people. He says that it’s a “prayer” for the world to become a kinder place.
Baggio is also an actor and has been so since Damasutra’s heyday in 1991. His best-known TV dramas are and
“More recently I’ve been in Astro Oasis’
a social critique of polygamy, where I played a rich man who faced difficulties juggling his responsibility to each of his wives!”
Baggio may be less in the limelight these days, but he is “perfectly okay” with the prominence of his “juniors” in the music industry. “I don’t see them as my competitors because they are hardworking and talented, and that’s what’s important to me,” he says.
Citing Faizal Tahir, Tomok, Aizat Amdan, Hyper Act, Black, Akim And The Majistret and Caliph Buskers as outstanding male soloists and bands, he hopes to work with them given a chance.
“I’m also going to stick to acting, since that’s my second passion after singing. While I’m not in it for awards, I’d be delighted if I get nominated or win for a convincing performance someday,” he says.
Damasutra was formed by Baggio, Amran, Alok, and Assu in 1991, and they have four albums to their credit —
(1993) and (1996).
The group’s contemporaries were Blackrose, Kris, Fotograf and Laksamana, among others. In fact, Amran, the group’s leader was a former member of Fotograf. Awang was the main producer of Damasutra’s albums.
The band’s best known song is the haunting which earned it Best Performance at the Anugerah Juara Lagu 1991.
It is easily remembered for its main chorus line, passionately delivered by Baggio, which goes