Cap­i­tal­is­ing on his strengths

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

SINGER Har­ris Baba has learned to cap­i­talise on his strengths for his new sin­gle, Parah.

The 26-year-old Sin­ga­porean, Malaysia-based artiste was criti­for cised his live per­for­mance of de­but sin­gle Katakan at the Muzik Muzik semi fi­nals last year.

“Katakan had a lot of falsetto el­e­ments. I’m not strong in falsetto,” Har­ris opens up with Star2. He added he was also very ner­vous about per­form­ing in front of live TV as he was still very new to the in­dus­try at the time. His sec­ond sin­gle Parah is no less chal­leng­ing. But in­stead of re­ly­ing on his falset­tos to hit the high notes, Har­ris nails them with his full voice. “Duo Star helped me to re­alise my proper vo­cal range and the notes that I can hit.”

Duo Star is a singing com­pe­ti­tion in search of the best duet part­ner. Har­ris was paired with pow­er­house vo­cal­ist Ning Baizura.

“With Parah, I’m slightly more con­fi­dent. Even when I was record­ing it, it felt a bit eas­ier for me. But it’s still a learn­ing process.”

Har­ris, who is of Pak­istani, Ira­nian and Chi­nese de­scent, tells the in­spi­ra­tion behind Parah’s eclec­tic sound: “(Song­writ­ers) Ezra Kong, Romeo, Faizal Tahir and Mike Chan sug­gested since I’m Pak­istani, why don’t we mix a bit of Hindi el­e­ments in the song. I loved it.”

Har­ris also dis­closes de­vel­op­ments on his per­sonal life. The singer, who tied the knot with Nik Naz­iha Zawawi in May last year, wel­comed a baby girl in March.

“Be­ing a fa­ther is one of the best feel­ings in the world. I still can’t be­lieve I’m a fa­ther when I look at my child,” he says, while sport­ing a grin. “It has made my pri­or­i­ties clearer.”

Har­ris says the first two weeks af­ter her daugh­ter’s birth was chal­leng­ing: “It was all very new to me – clean­ing her and chang­ing the di­a­pers – but now I’m used to it.”

The first-time fa­ther adds he is grate­ful his three-month-old bun­dle of joy “is very easy to take care of”. “She doesn’t cry much. When we sleep, she sleeps as well.”

Har­ris shut­tles be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kin­a­balu, where his wife and child re­sides on a weekly ba­sis.

“My man­age­ment helps me to group my jobs within four or five con­sec­u­tive days, and then I’ll spend the next fews days in Kota Kin­a­balu,” he ex­plains on jug­gling his pro­fes­sional and fam­ily com­mit­ments.

Har­ris says he is cel­e­brat­ing his sec­ond Hari Raya with his wife’s fam­ily in Kota Kin­a­balu this year.

“Hari Raya is very dif­fer­ent in Kota Kin­a­balu. My fam­ily is quite small in Sin­ga­pore.

“My wife’s fam­ily is so big, it’s very fun and fes­tive. We would visit a lot of dif­fer­ent kam­pungs there,” he men­tions, adding his favourite Raya dish is ren­dang with le­mang.

— MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

Sin­ga­porean singer Har­ris grows more con­fi­dent with live per­for­mances.

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