Sheila Majid

It was a night filled with skil­ful sync as Datuk Sheila Majid met the MPO.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By WIL­LIAM K.C. KEE

THE one thing I love when it comes to at­tend­ing the per­for­mances of Datuk Sheila Majid is how truly 1Malaysia her au­di­ence is.

Where else can you spot a tudung-clad mak­cik rhyth­mi­cally sway­ing her head next to a batik-wear­ing Chi­nese un­cle, while a spiky­haired Eurasian lass cheers from be­hind?

At The MPO Cel­e­brates 25 Years Of Sheila Majid, a two-night per­for­mance at De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas (DFP), KLCC, last week, her diehard fans came out in full force; tick­ets re­port­edly sold out within two days of the launch in late Au­gust. (At one junc­ture, Sheila expressed her grat­i­tude to the “crazy fans who queued up as early as 6.30am”.)

For the Malaysian Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra (MPO) and renowned songstress Sheila, the con­cert was a match made in sym­phonic mu­sic heaven. The MPO’s re­puted ex­cel­lence in or­ches­tral mu­sic, to­gether with Sheila’s en­dear­ing stage per­sona and star power, ex­ude an artis­tic syn­ergy that is best mea­sured as it is ex­pe­ri­enced.

Sheila, 45, has al­ways main­tained a trade­mark con­tem­po­rary pop mu­sic sound taste­fully blended with jazz and R&B. Backed by a full or­ches­tra, Sheila was in her el­e­ment on the sec­ond night on Oct 2 which I at­tended. De­spite her pe­tite stature – which seemed even smaller when stand­ing in the cen­tre of an or­ches­tra – her vo­cals, as usual, man­aged to strike a bal­ance be­tween power and pleas­ant­ness.

Many months in plan­ning, Sheila’s shows billed un­der the DFP Show­case ban­ner coin- cided with her 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in the lo­cal mu­sic scene. It marked her first col­lab­o­ra­tion with the MPO but it was her sec­ond per­for­mance at DFP; in 2000, she held sold-out show­cases un­der the Jazz & World Mu­sic se­ries.

From be­gin­ning to end, I en­joyed ev­ery minute of the show­case, which kicked off with Sheila’s en­er­getic ren­der­ing of Aduh Sayang. Ra­di­ant in a one-shoul­dered blue dress with tiered skirt, Sheila seemed in­tent on hav­ing fun, promis­ing the au­di­ence that they would see the MPO “groove”.

An evening to re­mem­ber: Datuk Sheila Majid in a se­quinned dress af­ter the in­ter­val; (pic right) Sheila ac­knowl­edg­ing the au­di­ence along with con­duc­tor Kevin Field while per­form­ing Embun.

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