Ev­er­green hits

Datuk Ad­nan Abu Has­san’s bal­lads will live on.

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IT was a big blow to the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try last week when pop­u­lar com­poser Datuk Ad­nan Abu Has­san died of a stroke. The 57- year- old revered mu­si­cian was known for a string of hits for singers such as Siti Nurhal­iza, Dayang Nur­faizah, Liza Hanim, Misha Omar and Fauziah Lat­iff.

Ad­nan, who was di­a­betic and had hy­per­ten­sion, was ad­mit­ted to Hos­pi­tal Se­layang last Thurs­day morn­ing. He died early Fri­day.

Since the 1990s, Ad­nan had a knack for dis­cov­er­ing tal­ents who later went on to be­come house­hold names.

Misha, whose de­but and sig­na­ture hit Bunga- Bunga Cinta was penned by Ad­nan, says: “I’m hon­oured to be dis­coved by a com­poser who had such a big heart, who pa­tiently groomed me.

“He taught me the dy­nam­ics of singing and sto­ry­telling. And he taught me to re­main hum­ble no mat­ter how well- ad­mired and ac­cepted you are by the peo­ple.”

Ad­nan grad­u­ated from the pres­ti­gious Berklee Col­lege Of Mu­sic in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, and later worked in var­i­ous record la­bels in Malaysia, in­clud­ing BMG and Suria Records.

“He was like a father, brother, men­tor to me. As my mu­sic and vo­cal teacher, he taught me how to be an artiste and a pro­fes­sional singer right from the start of my ca­reer. I even stayed at his house,” says Siti who was signed to Suria Records in the 1990s. “He was a cool man and had a good sense of hu­mour, which made it less stress­ful when we were record­ing in the stu­dio.”

Ad­nan’s com­po­si­tion for Siti, Jerat Percin­taan from her de­but al­bum, won the top prize at the 11th Anugerah Juara Lagu.

The last time Siti col­lab­o­rated with Ad­nan was at her con­cert last year.

“I was lucky to have him ac­com­pany me on the pi­ano dur­ing my Un­plugged con­cert in Is­tana Bu­daya last April,” she re­mem­bers.

Ad­nan also ap­peared in a few sea­sons of the pop­u­lar tal­ent show Akademi Fan­ta­sia, where he nur­tured win­ners like Vince Chong, Zahid and Mawi.

Fa­timah Abu Bakar who also served along­side Ad­nan as a coach on the re­al­ity show re­calls: “I con­sider those early years when I was work­ing with him as one of the hap­pi­est AF mo­ments.

“He was so easy to work with, he was very ded­i­cated and had a sense of hu­mour. I think that was what made the stu­dents warm up to him even though he was such a big name al­ready.”

In 2010, Ad­nan re­ceived the high­est hon­our at the 17th Anugerah In­dus­tri Muzik, the Anugerah Wi­rama.

Here are three of Ad­nan’s un­for­get­table works:

Fauziah Lat­iff ( 1993)

ONE of the clas­sic hits from the early 1990s, Fauziah Lat­iff ’ s Ter­atai Layu Di Tasik Madu launched her as the queen of bal­lads dur­ing that era. A song about be­trayal and love lost, the melan­cholic com­po­si­tion, pro­duced by Ad­nan, suits Fauziah’s voice to per­fec­tion as the singer sings about break­ing free from a Cas­sanova.

by Siti Nurhal­iza ( 1996)

THERE couldn’t have been a more per­fect song to launch Siti Nurhal­iza’s ca­reer. Jerat Percin­taan is a beau­ti­ful bal­lad about los­ing one’s sense of iden­tity af­ter get­ting too caught up in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship. The song, which fea­tures a soar­ing cho­rus, al­lowed Siti to show off both her vo­cal and emo­tional range. “He had his own mag­i­cal way of pro­duc­ing some of the best lo­cal artistes and I am lucky to have been un­der his care,” Siti says of work­ing un­der Ad­nan.

Omar ( 2002)

by Misha

AD­NAN al­ways knew how to pick the right song for the right singer. For Misha Omar’s in­tro­duc­tion to the Malaysian mu­sic scene, he wrote a bal­lad about heart­break. Misha’s lilt­ing vo­cals cou­pled with lovelorn lyrics from Ad­nan were the right com­bi­na­tion as the song cat­a­pulted Misha’s ca­reer, and won the top prize at Anugerah Juara Lagu in 2003, a se­cond win for the com­poser. “Bunga- Bunga Cinta is a gift I hold dear un­til to­day,” says Misha of the song that launched her ca­reer.

Fa­timah ( right) and Ad­nan ( se­cond from right) worked to­gether in sev­eral sea­sons of the Anugerah Wi­rama at the 17th Anugerah In­dus­tri Muzik for his con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­sic in­dus­try.

United na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram named yeoh as a Good­will Am­bas­sador fo­cus­ing on global de­vel­op­ment and disas­ter re­cov­ery. — AFP

Ad­nan won

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