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Siti dedicates latest album to her fans

11 Dec

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PETALING JAYA: With 11 successful albums to her name, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza has dedicated her latest one to her fans.

Hadiah Daripada Hati, which means “gift from the heart”, was launched in Kuala Lumpur yesterday with the title specially chosen by the singer.

Evergreen star: Siti Nurhaliza speaking to the audience during her album launch in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“This album is for my fans who have supported me all this while. It comes straight from the heart, and that’s why I chose to name the album as such,” she said.

The album contains 11 tracks with various genres, and features works of composers like Azlan Abu Hassan, Aubrey Suwito, and Singapore’s Dick Lee.

The songs in the album are Ku Mahu, which is the theme song for drama series Spa-Q; Melawan Kesepian; Mulanya Cinta; Tanpa Kalian; Biarkan; Kerana Dirimu; Hati, which is the theme song of the film 1957: Hati Malaya; Wanita; Cintamu; Sutramaya and Sekian Lama.

“I hope my fans will accept this gift of mine to them,” said Siti Nurhaliza, who will leave for Mecca on Dec 13 to perform the haj pilgrimage with her husband Datuk Seri Mohamed Jiwa and her mother Siti Salmah Bachik.

The album is produced by Siti Nurhaliza Productions (M) Sdn Bhd and distributed by Suria Records Sdn Bhd.

It is on sale at music stores nationwide.

At the album launch, Siti Nurhaliza also launched an interactive SMS service, through which fans can download content such as songs, ringtones, and pictures.

Users need only type SN and send to 33777 to access the service, which is being offered by another of her companies, SN Mobile Digital.

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"Hadiah Daripada Hati" Siti!

29 Nov

Oleh ZIEMAN

HASRAT hati tidak mahu menghebohkan pemergian ke tanah suci tapi desakan dari peminat dan kawan-kawan karib membuat Datuk Siti Nurhaliza tidak mampu sembunyikan tarikh pemergian.

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“Kalau boleh Siti hendak pergi senyap-senyap saja.” kata Siti. (Foto The Star)

“Ramai yang bertanyakan pemergian Siti ke tanah suci. InsyaAllah doakan agar Siti selamat pergi dan pulang. Doakan segala urusan Siti di tanah suci berjalan dengan baik dan lancar.

“Kalau boleh, Siti hendak pergi senyap-senyap saja. Lagipun Siti pergi nak buat ibadah, tak perlu heboh…,” kata penyanyi yang bakal menunaikan rukun Islam yang kelima bersama suaminya Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamed Jiwa, bonda Siti Salmah Bachik dan abangnya Ayie pada 13 Disember ini.

Tambahnya lagi, “Semoga setiap seorang daripada kita akan diberikan kelapangan untuk menjejakkan kaki ke Mekah.”

Namun, penyanyi yang cukup popular di rantau Asean ini terpaksa melunaskan berbagai perkara terlebih dahulu sebelum berangkat pergi.

Banyak urusan yang perlu dibereskan seperti menjalankan tanggungjawab sebagai Duta Pantene di mana Siti perlu menjayakan program “Mencari Bintang Pantene” selama tiga hari bermula Disember 1 hingga 3 di Jakarta dan Surabaya.

Sekembali dari sana, Siti akan mengambil bahagian dalam Konsert Jom Heboh TV3 pula pada 9 Disember.

Ramai yang sudah maklum pertaruhan Siti dalam lagu kategori etnik berjudul ‘Bisakah’ gagal mara ke peringkat akhir Juara Lagu 2007 sementara sebuah lagi rock genre pop rock dendangannya pula “Destinasi Cinta” berjaya melayakkan diri.

Jika ditanya apa komennya, penyanyi yang semakin matang menjawab soalan sensasi ini hanya tergelak kecil.

“Adat bertanding macam tulah. Hari ini kita menang, besok kita kalah. Siti tahu ada peminat Siti yang hampa tapi apa boleh buat?

“Siti sudah berikan yang terbaik untuk setiap lagu dan persembahan Siti. Jika ada rezeki di Juara Lagu, adalah. Tetapi jika lagu tersebut gagal mendapat tempat, masih banyak lagi misi Siti dalam bidang seni yang perlu diteruskan di hadapan ini. Siti tidak rasa kecewa,” katanya lagi.

Album baru Siti juga khabarnya akan menjengah tidak lama lagi. Album yang dinanti-nantikan oleh peminat setianya sudahpun diberi judul “Hadiah Daripada Hati”.

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Album “Hadiah Daripada Hati” akan dipasarkan pada
minggu kedua bulan depan

Menurut Siti, album ini sudah hampir siap pembikinannya dan menurut jangkaan akan dipasarkan pada minggu kedua bulan Disember ini.

“Harap-harap semuanya berjalan lancar dan album ini dapat menambat hati semua. Siti telah berusaha memberikan semampu baik dan terpulanglah kepada semua untuk menilainya nanti,” kata penyanyi bersuara merdu itu lagi.

Ada gabungan komposer lama dan baru, komposer dalam dan luar negara dan pelbagai rentak lagu dimuatkan dalam album tersebut.

Antara yang terlibat ialah Audi Mok, Aubrey Suwito, Azlan Abu Hassan, Pongky, Cynthia, Taufik, Fahmi dan komposer dari Singapura, Dick Lee yang terlibat secara langsung dalam pementasan teater muzikal “P.Ramlee” di Istana Budaya tempoh hari.

Ini merupakan album solo ke 12 Siti dan tajuk “Hadiah Daripada Hati” sememangnya dipilih oleh Siti sendiri.

“Siti tujukan album ini khas untuk peminat-peminat Siti yang sekian lama menyokong perjuangan seni Siti. Ianya lahir dari dalam hati Siti, sebab itu tajuknya sedemikian,” kata penyanyi kelahiran Kuala Lipis, Pahang ini.

“Ada kelainan yang diperbuat daripada nyanyian dan komposisi dan maksud lirik yang pelbagai. Harapan Siti, peminat-peminat akan bersedia menerima kehadiran “Hadiah Daripada Hati”‘ dengan hati yang lapang,” jelasnya lagi.

Dua buah single yang sedang hangat dipertaruhkan sekarang ialah Ku Mahu ciptaan Audy Mok dan Melawan Kesepian ciptaan Pongky.

“Hanya ini saja cenderahati untuk peminat setia Siti. Setiap kali Siti buat album baru, kesetiaan peminat yang mengharapkan sesuatu yang istimewa menjadi pembakar semangat untuk berbuat sesuatu yang lain dari yang lain…,” kata Ratu Pop Malaysia yang masih popular ini.

Cartoon Siti acts as online envoy

2 Nov

KUALA LUMPUR: Riding on the fame of top local singer Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Tourism Malaysia has introduced an online female cartoon character named Siti who will provide basic information on Malaysia to travellers via the Internet.

All that tourists need to do is to add sitimalaysia@hotmail.com as their MSN contact. They will then be able to “chat” with Siti about attractive tourist destinations through the MSN messenger.

Tourism director-general Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said Siti had gone online following the success of her introduction as part of Tourism Malaysia’s advertising campaign in Japan in the last quarter of 2005.

Then, Siti only appeared in conventional media, including television commercials, flyers and pamphlets, during tourism campaigns as well as exhibitions.

“Riding on our success today, we want to move forward and reach more target audience,” he told reporters at the launch of Malaysia Windows Live Agent – Siti here yesterday.

“In Japan, Siti was well received as the Japanese are fond of cartoon characters. This is the first time we are introducing Siti online.”

Asked whether the cartoon character was named after Siti Nurhaliza, Mirza said: “Siti is a familiar name. It was not specifically named after her but it did take into account Siti Nurhaliza’s popularity in Japan.”

He said there had been a slight growth in travellers from Japan since the campaign was launched three years ago.

Japanese tourists visiting Malaysia have increased by 4.2% from 340,027 in 2005 to 354,213 the following year.

From January to July this year, tourist arrivals increased to 211,633 compared to 193,463 during the corresponding period in 2006, which is an increase of 9.4%.

Asked how many languages could Siti communicate in, Mirza said she was only tailored to communicate in English at the moment.

“If it can attract more people from other foreign countries, we will consider adding other languages,” he said, adding that currently travellers could also get information on Malaysia in their own languages through their respective countries’ tourism satellite site links.

Not just background music

28 Oct

The subliminal music score is another noteworthy aspect of the historical drama 1957 Hati Malaya. Meet the person responsible for it.

1957 Hati Malaya is Sharon Paul’s first local movie project. She has previously worked with film composers in America.
THE current movie 1957 Hati Malaya should be appreciated not just for its historical values but its music that is subtle yet uplifting.

While the visual effects (shooting techniques, period costumes, and not to mention the odd pretty actress!) naturally draw the most attention, connoisseurs of soundtracks are certain to sit up and take note of the film’s impressive score.

Although the musical highlights appear to be Datuk Siti Nurhaliza’s stirring rendition of Hati, and Perlu Kamu, which is sung by Indonesian Kris Dayanti and Ajai, who also co-wrote the song, the orchestral score does warrant equal attention.

Just who is behind the music that’s so crucial to the first ever movie – helmed by the renowned director Shuhaimi Baba – that recounts the struggles that led to Malaysia’s independence 50 years ago?

The person is Sharon Paul and chances are, you may not have heard of her. My recent interview with the soundtrack composer is the first she’s ever granted.

Naturally, I start off with the insensitive comment that most orchestral soundtracks sound quite similar!

“I feel I do stand out,” states the graduate of the famed Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, who has also spent two years in Los Angeles working for film composers Daniel Licht (who did the score for Hellraiser IV) and Stephen Klong. “No one here does orchestral scoring quite like I do, because I write very complete parts for the orchestra.”

Despite her confidence, Paul did experience frustrations while working on the soundtrack of Hati Malaya, her first local feature-length project. “Don’t get me wrong. I would have liked to have more freedom to choose exactly what music I felt suited the movie and how my score blended with the footage and dialogue. But any artistic collaboration, especially one of this scale, means that everyone has to sacrifice a little of their original vision,” Paul explains.

So what was her original musical vision for the movie?

“My intention was to have a lot of traditional ethnic music, but Shuhaimi was very clear that she did not want the soundtrack to come across as too ethnic. She wanted a sweeping orchestral score, not something too folky and traditional. Still, we did take Western elements and offset them with Chinese and Malay sounds,” she reveals.

Paul also utilised a trick common in classical music by employing one melodic theme for (Umno founder) Datuk Onn Jaafar and another for (first Prime Minister) Tunku Abdul Rahman. “Actually towards the end of the creative process I was influenced by the Gladiator soundtrack.

“It’s a movie about struggle and sacrifice and I wanted the music to reflect that. In the end I would have to say that I’m happy on a purely musical level, but I would also have liked to mix the music more prominently.”

Indeed, one can see that there are a number of stages during which Paul would have had to compromise. For example, only 25% of the music one hears on the soundtrack is played by live musicians.

“The two violinists are Joanne Yeoh and Yap Yen and I also used a lot of samples from the online libraries East West and the Moto Symphonic.

Nothing captures an emotional scene better than music, such as this in 1957 Hati Malaya where the crowd at an Umno meeting donates money to fund Tunku’s pro-independence talks in London.
“String arrangements are my forte and Shuhaimi loves the sound of solo violins to emphasise the rousing of emotions. There are some critical scenes like the one where the crowd at an Umno meeting collects money for Tunku to go to London and at this point the emotion is best expressed by the music.”

Paul didn’t just write the orchestral score, however. She also composed the music for Siti’s Hati, with lyrics by Shuhaimi.

“I am very happy with Siti’s performance. No one else could have sung this song for this movie and given it a similar impact,” she enthuses.

I couldn’t help but notice that when the movie first switches out of the 1950s into current time, there is a piece of music that sounds as if it is inspired by Indonesian rock bands.

Paul laughs. “Yes, actually that’s a snippet from another song of mine and I did write it in the style of the Ratu, the Indonesian girl rockers. I really like the piece of music, but I haven’t finished it. I need to find a vocalist, in fact!”

For such a talented composer, Paul is rather low-key. Of mixed Indian, Chinese and Portuguese parentage, she is a former student of Ampang Road Girls’ School and Ocean Institute of Engineering, in Kuala Lumpur. The still-single 30-year-old describes her hobbies as “travelling, watching movies (sometimes just to listen to the effect the soundtrack has), going out with friends and occasionally scuba diving.”

Her eventual emergence as a soundtrack composer can be viewed as a fulfilment of her late father’s dream.

“My father was a tax inspector, but he had always wanted to learn music as a child and was too poor. When he got the chance to support my dream, he was only too glad to help,” says the KL-born lass, the elder of two siblings.

Her first inspiration was perhaps an unlikely source. “I was really inspired by (the Malaysian musician) Jenny Chin. She may not be known so well to the general public, but I remember watching her do work as a keyboardist and arranger for Sheila Majid and Zainal Abidin and thinking, ‘I want to be her.’ As I focused more on international movie soundtracks, I realised that my heroes are established soundtrack legends like John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. I also like the work of Tim Burton’s preferred composer Danny Elfman.”

It was by chance that she ended up working on Hati Malaya. “Shuhaimi saw me on the Bob Azrai TV show, Oh Mu La La, during which he interviewed upcoming composers. She then called me up and after hearing that strings were my strength, asked for a sample of my work. When she heard it, she got me on board for the movie.”

Admitting that it isn’t always easy both artistically and financially to work as a soundtrack composer, Paul has no intentions of curtailing her ambitions, and is intent on making it not just inside Malaysia, but internationally.

“We are hoping to have the soundtrack released in the next few weeks. Sometimes I get scared that people might not be ready to accept it. But I believe that it’s only a matter of time before there is an audience for this sort of music. I intend this to be just the beginning of my career.”

‘1957 Hati Malaya’ is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.

Siti’s debut in theatre

4 Oct

By RUBIN KHOO

KUALA LUMPUR: She may have graced the stage of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London but Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is just as excited at the prospect of making her theatre debut at the Istana Budaya in the soon to be staged P. Ramlee The Musical … The Life, The Love and The Inspiration.

The songstress said she was offered a part in the musical produced by Enfiniti Productions after attending a theatre workshop organised by the production company, which was also responsible for the phenomenal Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical (PGLM).

“I felt so proud when I saw PGL and when I attended the workshop later I was given the chance to experience what theatre was like,” she said..

Sitiwas offered the role of Azizah, the first love of the late P. Ramlee.

While many may not be familiar with Azizah and her relationship with the legendary singer, Siti believes she played an integral part in his life.

“She was his childhood friend and they grew up together but she was the daughter of a rich man who had forbidden their relationship,” she said. “It was then that he left his village.”

P. Ramlee subsequently composed a song in memory of his childhood sweetheart, simply entitled Azizah.

P. Ramlee The Musical … The Life, The Love and The Inspiration comes alive at the Instana Budaya from Oct 18 to Nov 3.

Tickets are priced at RM200, RM180, RM150, RM120, RM80, RM50 and RM30 and are available at 03-2091 1666 or online at http://www.ticket2u.biz. Mobile phone bookings are via java.ticket2u.biz with payment at Mobility One terminals at Petronas outlets.

Enough is enough, says Siti

19 Jul

POP darling Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Taruddin survived many rumours by just keeping silent – but when the latest one implicated her husband, Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, it was time to voice out.

“I was besieged with such malice when I was single.

“I could take whatever rumours flung at me then by keeping quiet and being patient.

“However, this time, I need to publicly deny it so that people do not view my husband in a negative manner,” she told Harian Metro. Khalid was present during the interview.

Rumours emerged recently that she landed in a hospital after her husband allegedly beat her up.

Siti Nurhaliza said that her marriage with Khalid, more popularly known as Datuk K, was happy but outsiders were trying to create trouble.

“My situation is different now. I am a married woman and I need to take care of the feelings of many people, including my husband.

“My father was also very angry and disappointed when he read about news of the rumour in the papers,” she said.

Khalid said he would track down the culprits who spread the rumour and take them to court.

“On the night the rumour started (July 13), Siti and I were attending the wedding of the political secretary of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“We were shocked when Siti’s sister-in-law, Rozie, called and told us about this SMS alleging that I had beaten her.

“This is not the first time rumours have spread about our marriage.

“We hope the rumourmongers would stop. We hope the media would publish accurate news,” said Khalid.

Kakak Tua: Cerita tukang fitnah yang kurang waras!

18 Jul


Siti tidak dipukul oleh suaminya
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BENARLAH firasat Kakak Tua yang berita Siti Nurhaliza dipukul itu adalah satu fitnah.

Hari ini Kakak Tua terbaca di akhbar yang suami penyanyi tersohor negara itu, Datuk K mahu saman pihak akhbar kerana sebar fitnah pukul Siti Nurhaliza.

Hati Kakak Tua jadi berbelah bagi. Bukan apa tapi rasa kenyataan itu seperti terpaksa dilakukan. Jangan sampai marahkan pijat, kelambu yang dibakar? dan Lain bengkak, lain pula yang bernanah.

Semoleknya, tindakan undang-undang yang diambil hendaklah ke atas mereka yang benar-benar bersalah. Dalam konteks ini, si tukang fitnah atau kuncu-kucunya kerana bersubahat.

Ini tidak bermaksud yang pihak media bebas dari kesalahan dan akauntabiliti kerana mereka juga ada tanggung jawab yang harus dilakukan, tambahan pula damage sudah dilakukan ke atas satu nama besar yang mana reputasi serta maruah seorang penyanyi terkenal dan suaminya tidak dapat dikembalikan lagi dalam konteks ini.

Kesan negatif apabila berita sensasi yang Siti ‘dipukul’ suami hingga pengsan dan masuk hospital pasti akan mengundang kontroversi dan fitnah yang berpanjangan.


Siti sendiri mengaku dia sudah lali dengan semua fitnah
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Si Tukang fitnah sewajarnya didakwa kerana kesalahan mencemar reputasi Siti dan suami.

Kakak Tua tidak fikir Datuk K membuat kenyataan ini atas dasar untuk test water saja dan biarkan saja si tukang fitnah terlepas setelah melihat ramai pihak melatah, termasuk pihak media, dengan onar yang telah dilakukan.

Walaupun secara jujur, Siti sendiri mengaku dia sudah lali dengan semua fitnah termasuklah dari zaman anak dara lagi.

Fikirkanlah apa yang tidak pernah dilemparkan kepada Siti? Namun doa orang tua tetap mengiringi perjalanan seni Siti yang sehingga kini, bagaikan tiada surutnya.

Ingatkan lepas berkahwin, hidup Siti tidak akan diganggu gugat oleh fitnah lagi. Rupanya harapan itu meleset, malah lebih hebat cabaran fitnah yang terpaksa dihadapi oleh Siti dan suami.

Dalam banyak kenyataan yang keluar dari mulut Datuk K, yang membuat Kakak Tua tersenyum sinis adalah ayat ini… “Mungkin ini kerja mereka yang tidak cukup akal. Kalau orang itu waras, dia tidak akan buat kerja macam tu…”

Dan saya akan melihat dan menyiasat dulu latar belakangnya sama ada dia kurang waras atau terencat akal….

Namun dalam nada yang sama, Datuk K tetap mahu mengambil tindakan kepada si dajal yang menyebar fitnah itu agar ianya tidak akan berulang.

Semua kekecohan ini berpunca dari SMS yang tersebar pada malam 13 Julai. Dengan kecanggihan teknologi yang ada, tentu saja sipengirim SMS itu dapat dikesan. Masalah tidak siuman atau kurang waras tidak boleh diterima pakai kerana ini soal maruah.

Lagipun, pengajaran dan tindakan yang drastik perlu diambil agar impaknya akan memberi kesan kepada si tukang fitnah. Yang Kakak Tua musykil ialah siapakah sebenarnya dalang yang telah berusaha sehingga berita ini dimainkan ditajuk akhbar utama?

Implikasi dari tersebarnya fitnah ini akan dirasa oleh Siti dan keluarga sampai bila-bila. Disebabkan implikasi ini jugalah, Islam tidak memandang remeh isu fitnah ini.

Kakak Tua sendiri ingin menyumbang khidmat sebagai pembantu penyiasat dalam kes ini kerana sebagai peminat Siti, Kakak Tua ingin sekali menjalankan siasatan tentang asal usul si tukang fitnah, samada dia beroperasi secara berseorangan atau ada kelompok tertentu.

Siasatan ini harus dimulakan dengan kelompok penyokong dan anti Siti-Datuk K. Maklum sajalah setelah berkahwin, Siti-Datuk K mengundang kelompok yang ‘berbeza’ sebagai penyokong mereka.


Lebih hebat cabaran fitnah yang terpaksa dihadapi oleh Siti dan suami
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Berapa kerat yang mahu menerima jodoh Siti dan Datuk K sudah ditakdirkan. Begitu juga dengan kesenangan yang mereka kecapi. Kita sepatutnya mendoakan kebahagiaan mereka berpanjangan dan tidak perlulah dipersoalkan lagi kedua aspek ini.

Tapi bagi mereka yang kurang waras dan jelek pemikiran, mereka tidak dapat membeza dan menerima ketentuan ini secara rasional.

Bila ini gagal dilakukan maka timbullah bisikan syaitan yang mengajak dan menarik mereka-mereka ini melakukan perkara yang terkutuk seperti membuat fitnah.

Justru, sebagai pemerhati Kakak Tua hanya dapat melahirkan rasa simpati kepada si tukang fitnah kerana terjerat dengan Akta Hasutan Syaitan. Yang mana kesannya akan dapat dirasakan setiap kali si tukang fitnah menghela nafas.

Paling tidakpun, si tukang fitnah akan terkedu dengan ketentuanNya sehingga terdorong membuat perkara-perkara pelik yang memakan diri atau terperangkap dengan kebodohan rancangan yang tidak menjadi.

Dan tentu sekali apabila pemikiran sudah tidak waras, tidak timbul rasa berdosa atau bersalah kerana yang dicari adalah kepuasan diri yang bathil dan bukan hakiki. Lebih haru apabila si tukang fitnah berkata …”Saya difitnah!”

KAKAK TUA: Fitnah pernah jadi ‘pakaian harian’ satu waktu dulu.