Wednesday February 6, 2013
Anuar Zain marks 30 years in the music industry with mega concert
After three decades, Anuar Zain remains a bankable pop star.
RECLUSIVE Malay pop singer Anuar Zain is known for keeping a lid on his private life and rarely grants interviews, unless he has projects in the pipeline. In short, he prefers to talk about music and not his bachelorhood.
Other than that, this handsome 42-year-old singer prefers to stay out of the limelight. In fact, even some in the Malay media circles have struggled to get close to this award-winning singer (full name Shahrul Anuar Zain). He keeps away from the tabloid media, even.
Forging a close relationship with Anuar is considered a challenge, but in person, he is really charming.
“I’m not so much a mystery man as a private person who likes to keep to himself. Basically, I’m just shy, and people mistake that for being arrogant and aloof.
“Unless I have something to share with the media and my fans, I won’t call for an interview,” said the Malacca-born singer, who is also the younger brother of singer Ziana Zain.
However, staying away from the limelight has its advantages. The singer attracted hordes of press members and photographers at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur recently to announce his upcoming concert: Anuar Zain – Three Decades Of Music, Love and Passion.
The mega concert to mark his 30th anniversary in the music industry is scheduled to take place at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam in Selangor on Feb 16. It is being jointly organised by Anuar Zain Network Sdn Bhd and Universal Music Malaysia.
“I’ve been pushing the idea for a big concert for many years, but I could never get a sponsor. My wish has finally been granted to do a mega concert. It will be memorable because it also marks my 30th anniversary in this industry,” said Anuar, who will be backed by a 26-piece orchestra led by prominent musician, arranger and composer Mac Chew.
He is expected to roll out 20 songs at the show, but there is still some tweaking to be done before the actual setlist is confirmed. For certain, the concert will be an intimate affair, with ballads and slow jams making up the core of Anuar’s songbook.
Anuar will also use the concert platform to launch his new music video, Sempurnakan Aku, which is actually a sequel to his successful music video Ajari Aku.
“Many people came up to me to ask what happens after Ajari Aku? So, I decided to premiere Sempurnakan Aku at the concert. It’s my wish to present the music video as a special gift to my fans who will be there, celebrating the anniversary,” said the singer behind mega hits Lelaki Ini and Sedetik Lebih.
His upcoming show will be a career-spanning affair, but the singer prefers to keep mum on the setlist.
Anuar, who signed a partnership deal with Universal Music Malaysia in 2007, has taken his time in making albums. To date, he has two albums (both self-titled) on the Universal Music Malaysia imprint. His upcoming concert, partly funded by Universal, will be filmed in high-definition and released as a live DVD by the label.
“Anuar Zain is one of the few male singers here with a strong legion of fans and he has maintained his popularity and creative standing in the music scene,” said Loan Cheong, Universal Music Malaysia managing director, who revealed that eight cameras will be used to document his concert in Shah Alam.
“He is a true career artiste and takes his time to make the perfect album. We’re investing in quality here. There’ll be no compromises in making this the most accomplished concert of his career. We hope people will be talking about this show for years to come,” he added.
What about career pressure, then?
Anuar, who started singing at 13 with the hit song Kain Pelikat, admitted he has never felt challenged by any song competitions.
“Competitions are not for me. You see, I don’t compete for things or money. I personally feel all this is a futile effort. It’s bad for the soul. It’s exhausting to have to compete.
“I know my decision to refrain from any singing competitions has been a subject of much debate. But that’s my personal stand. I’m glad my fans respect my decision,” said Anuar who released a (concert) duet album with Dayang Nurfaizah (Live At Dewan Filharmonik Petronas) last month.
As for his status as a ‘veteran’ singer, Anuar reminds us that he is still in his early 40s. There are lots of years left for him to continue making music.
On the subject of age, he reckons he is comfortable where he stands, in terms of image. He doesn’t want to dye the grey out of his hair in order to be cool.
“Grey hair doesn’t have to look old, or boring. It’s a sign of wisdom. I think I will just let it grow,” said Anuar, who isn’t too keen on slap-on hair remedies.
Where nostalgia is concerned, he also revealed that his next album will feature his favourite music from the 1970s and 1980s. One of which will be his old time favourite, Hadirmu Membawa Sinaran, popularised by Razis Ismail. He says the fans will have to be patient as the album is slowly taking form in the studio.
“Right now, I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences with everyone in Stadium Malawati and hope that the concert will be cherished by my fans,” he said.
> Tickets for the Anuar Zain – Three Decades Of Music, Love and Passion concert at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam, Selangor on Feb 16 are available at ticketcharge.com.my. For bulk ticket purchases, call Anuar Zain Network at 012-464-2030. More details at facebook.com/3Dekad1Destinasi.