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

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Ipoh, Perak.”

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 —

(1991), (1992),

(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

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