Tuesday September 16, 2008
Siti Nurhaliza is as popular as ever
By AZHARIAH KAMIN
Siti Nurhaliza plans concert and album for the end of the year.
Two years after getting married and following a series of wild gossip about her private life, it is nice to see that Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin is still much loved by her fans.
If the recording of her Eksklusif ... Siti Nurhaliza Bersama Peminat on RTM recently was anything to go by, Siti is still a songstress beloved by millions. The singer, who captured many hearts with her beautiful voice, received thunderous applause every time she appeared on stage.
Her fans are from all walks of life. Even those in uniform, such as the police, the Fire & Rescue services and nurses as well as orphans and the elderly from several homes around the Klang Valley were seen enjoying themselves during the two-hour recording.
Many thought that her marriage would eclipse her singing career. But it is Siti who limits her career commitments now that she has taken on the role of a wife.
Looking resplendent, Siti, 29, admitted that of late, she has been taking things slow. But she added that she is really excited with the planning of her upcoming solo concert.
“I really hope that everything goes as planned so I will be able to have a solo concert at the end of the year. At the moment, my staff are working on getting sponsors.”
In April last year, Siti performed at the Konsert Istana Cinta Nostalgia, a tribute to the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee and Puan Sri Saloma, at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
This March, Siti held a successful solo acoustic concert, Diari Hati, at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore.
“If everything goes as planned, I would like to hold my concert at the end of the year. But I can’t promise anything for now or to say whether it is going to be a big or small show,” she said.
Siti could reveal, though, that proceeds from the concert will be channelled to Yayasan Nur Jiwa, a foundation she set up with her husband to help the needy.
“With the current economic climate, I don’t want to be too ambitious where the concert is concerned. Possibly I will hold two concerts. One will be for the fans and at the other one, we can sell tables to raise funds for the foundation.”
Apart from her solo concert, Siti is busy selecting material for her traditional album. Her 12th studio album, Hadiah Daripada Hati, was released in December last year.
Hadiah Daripada Hati was initially planned as a traditional album but due to lack of material, she decided to produce another pop album.
“We are in the process of selecting the material for the (traditional) album. Well, it is more of a fusion album, really,” Siti said.
“It has been a while since I performed traditional songs and I really hope the special Hari Raya programmes (on TV3 and RTM) will be my preparation to record a traditional album soon.
“At the moment I’m still in the midst of discussion with songwriters and album producers.”
Siti’s last traditional album was Sanggar Mustika, recorded in 2002.
She said that her new album will feature more than 10 songs, written by composers such as Pak Ngah, Indonesian Katon Bagaskara and Radhi OAG.
As far as fasting is concerned, Siti said nothing has changed from the time she was single. It’s only that now she has to think about her husband and mother-in-law (who lives with the couple).
Touching on married life, Siti said that she has learned to be a lot more patient. “Apart from learning to be patient, I’ve also learned to give and take, and compromise.
“The first year I didn’t know much about what my husband likes and dislikes. So far, things have been good and I really hope it will stay that way ... for a very long time.”