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Tak Kisah Dikatakan Lupa Diri

7 Apr

Oleh Norhayati Nordin
yati@hmetro.com.my

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INDUSTRI seni tanah air memang cukup terbuka. Selain laluan ‘mudah’ diberikan kepada artis Indonesia, bintang dari Singapura juga tidak terkecuali. Sama ada sebagai pelakon atau penyanyi, makin ramai anak jati dari Kota Singa itu berhijrah ke Kuala Lumpur.

Nama seperti Ferhad, Ahli Fiqir, Adi Putra, Imran Ajmain dan Aliff Aziz amat dikenali di kalangan peminat seni tempatan. Begitu juga dengan Aaron Aziz, 32. Pelakon utama drama Janji Diana ini nampaknya amat laris di pasaran.

Malah bapa dua anak ini mengakui hatinya senang me neruskan kerjaya seni di Malaysia kerana keluarga sudah berada di sisinya. Katanya, kalau dulu dia terpaksa berulang- alik dari Kuala Lumpur dan Singapura demi mengubat rindu, kini tidak perlu lagi.

“Ketika isteri dan anak menetap di Singapura, boleh di katakan masa saya lebih banyak habis dalam perjalanan. Alhamdulillah, kini tidak perlu lagi kerana mereka semua sudah ada dengan saya. Kini semuanya makin mudah.

“Saya sanggup berhijrah ke Kuala Lumpur kerana berlakon memang minat dan impian. Di Singapura pula, senario itu amat berbeza dengan Malaysia. Kalau di sini industri hiburan mampu dijadikan sebagai kerjaya tetapi di Singapura ia sekadar fesyen.

“Seni tidak boleh dijadikan karier utama. Jika mahu menjadi anak seni, secara sambilan saja. Tidak boleh sepenuh masa kerana pasaran yang kecil. Justeru, untuk mengembang kannya agak terhad. Itulah sebabnya saya berhijrah ke Kuala Lumpur,” katanya.

Sekalipun namanya masih baru di negara ini, rezeki Aaron nyata murah. Selain sibuk dengan lakonan, Aaron juga baru-baru ini dipilih menjadi duta produk Men Expert keluaran L’Oreal Paris.

Katanya, dia amat bersyukur kepada Tuhan atas segala pemberian itu.

Selepas membintangi filem Evolusi KL Drift terbitan Skop Production Sdn Bhd, Aaron kini sibuk pula di lokasi filem kedua, Shh… Dia Datang arahan pelakon dan pelawak, Saiful Apek.

Persoalannya, mampukah Aaron berkomedi? Aktor kacak ini mengakui menjadi pelakon komedi pasti bukan dirinya tetapi apa salahnya dia mencuba berlakon watak komedi.

Katanya, apa yang menarik perhatiannya ialah jalan cerita filem itu.

“Saya dapati skrip filem Shh…Dia Datang sangat bagus. Ia mengisahkan saya dan Apek yang bersahabat baik, mem punyai cita-cita sama mahu menjadi pelakon. Bagaimanapun, kami menghadapi pelbagai halangan untuk menjayakannya.

“Pelbagai insiden menarik dan melucukan dimuatkan dalam filem Shh…Dia Datang ini nanti. Cuma, tidak tahulah sejauh mana penonton boleh menerimanya. Apapun, saya berharap percubaan pertama dalam ‘komedi’ ini diterima baik,” ka tanya.

Aaron juga dicalonkan di Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2007 (ABPBH2007) dalam kategori Pelakon Drama Lelaki Popular. Walaupun tewas di tangan Rosyam Nor, Aaron berkata, dia semenangnya tidak mengharapkan ke menangan memandangkan saingannya cukup hebat terutama daripada Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan dan Rosyam Noor.

“Sudah tersenarai dalam ‘Top 5’ pun saya amat bersyukur. Sebagai orang baru dalam industri hiburan, pencalonan dalam ABPBH2007 saya anggap satu penghargaan peminat. Tidak pernah saya sangka sampai ke tahap ini.

“Saya mengucapkan terima kasih kepada peminat dan pembaca Berita Harian kerana mengundi dan meletakkan saya hingga ke tahap ‘popular’ itu. Apa yang diberi peminat ini akan jadi pemangkin semangat saya untuk terus berusaha keras meningkatkan mutu lakonan,” katanya.

Aaron juga tidak terlepas daripada kontroversi apabila menolak menolak tawaran berlakon filem Histeria arahan James Lee sebelum ini.

Katanya, dia bukan ‘demand’ dengan bayaran tetapi tidak mampu memberi komitmen.

“Sebenarnya sudah menjadi cara saya tidak akan ambil lebih daripada dua tawaran berlakon. Malah ketika diberi tawaran itu, saya sedang sibuk menjayakan penggambaran drama 30 episod, Bulan Bertemu Matahari arahan Erma Fatima.

“Seingat saya, tempoh penggambaran drama itu mengambil masa kira-kira empat bulan. Jadi, saya terpaksa tolak tawaran yang bertindan dengan jadual sedia ada. Ia jauh sekali disebabkan hubungan ‘tidak baik’ saya dengan pelakon lain.

“Hingga kini saya tiada masalah dengan mana-mana pe lakon. Oleh itu jika terkeluar cerita mengatakan saya tidak baik dengan pelakon lain, rasanya tidak benar dan gosip semata-mata. Pada saya, tiada sebab untuk bermusuh,” katanya.

Ditanya apakah dia berasakan masih mempunyai peminat di negara kelahirannya, Aaron yang memulakan kerjaya lakonan di Singapura pada 2004 mengakui peminatnya tetap ada.

Katanya, biarpun kini dia di Malaysia tetapi ada juga antara peminatnya masih berhubung dan bertanya khabar. Aaron juga pernah meraih Anugerah Pelakon Pembantu Terbaik Pesta Perdana Singapura dan Personaliti Paling Popular Singapura pada 2003, 2004 dan 2005.

Mengenai tawaran berlakon di Singapura, Aaron mengakui dia kini tidak lagi mengambil sebarang tawaran di sana. Tegasnya, dia selesa memberi tumpuan kepada karyawan seni di Malaysia. Itu bukan saja mudah tetapi teratur.

“Saya tidak kisah kalau dikatakan ‘lupa diri’. Terpulanglah, dengan apa orang hendak cakap. Paling penting, saya dan keluarga tahu apa yang berlaku,” katanya.

PROFIL

NAMA: Aaron Aziz

KERJAYA: Pelakon

ASAL: Singapura

USIA: 32 tahun

STATUS: Berkahwin

ISTERI: Diyana Halile

ANAK: Danish Anaqi, 4 dan Dwi Ariana, 2

DRAMA: Sumaiyah, Emil Emelda, Janji Diana, Sadiq & Co, Cinta Gila dan Bulan Bertemu Matahari

Filem: Evolusi KL Drift dan Shh… Dia Datang

PENCAPAIAN: Anugerah Pelakon Pembantu Terbaik Pesta Perdana Singapura dan Personaliti Paling Popular Singapura (2003, 2004, 2005)

DUTA PRODUK: Men Expert keluaran L’Oreal Paris

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Bahang Hari Jadi Hot FM

22 Feb

Oleh JESSABELL SOO


PARA artis dan penyampai Hot FM yang bakal menghiburkan pendengar.

TIADA cara lain yang lebih baik untuk menyambut ulang tahun kedua stesen radio Hot FM selain daripada konsert khas buat pendengar yang menyokong mereka selama ini.

Bakal berlangsung esok di Dataran Petaling Jaya, seawal 12 tengah hari sehingga 12 tengah malam, konsert akan bermula dari pukul 4 petang.

Selain dihangatkan dengan kehadiran 24 penyanyi solo dan berkumpulan, Hot FM Big Jam 2008 turut menawarkan karnival, siaran luar Hot FM (pukul 12 tengah hari hingga 4 petang) dan konsertnya pula bermula pukul 4 petang.

Berlangsung di Dataran Shah Alam tahun lalu, lokasi kali ini ditukar kerana Hot FM menjangkakan kehadiran lebih ramai pendengar dengan bertemankan sembilan penyampai Hot FM, Fara Fauzana, Faizal Ismail, Azura, Fiqrie, Leya, AG, Anne, Tini dan Ikhwan.

“Tahun lalu kami menerima kunjungan lebih 15,000 pendengar dan tempat itu terlalu kecil. Maka tahun ini, kami memilih untuk mengadakannya konsert di Dataran Petaling Jaya,” kata Azura ketika ditemui di studio Utusan.

Mahu menghiburkan pendengar dengan muzik tanpa henti, konsert percuma ini memilih artis yang sedang meletup di stesen radio tersebut.

“Disebabkan ramai artis yang akan membuat persembahan, kami hanya akan menyampaikan dua buah lagu dan lagu tersebut adalah pilihan Hot FM,” jelas vokalis kumpulan Kristal, Lan.

Selain pemuzik tempatan, pendengar yang hadir juga akan dihiburkan dengan kumpulan popular dari sebarang, Ungu di penghujung konsert.

“Menurut penyelidikan kami, ramai yang meminati kumpulan Ungu. Jadi itu salah satu sebab mengapa kami membawa mereka untuk menghiburkan pendengar setia Hot FM.

“Ungu akan mendapat masa selama setengah jam dan Hujan serta Meet Uncle Hussein akan menghiburkan peminat selama 15 minit. Manakala penyanyi lain hanya diberi slot selama 10 minit,” kata Eksekutif Promosi Rangkaian Hot FM, Khairina Khiradin.

Sambutan ulang tahun kedua ini akan dimeriahkan dengan suara Ahli Fiqir, Dayang Nurfaizah, Liza Hanim, Fiq (Mentor) Mila, Nurul, Adibah Nor, Nitrus, Jinbara, Adam (AF), Ramlah Ram, Misha Omar, Jaclyn Victor, Elyana, New Boyz, Sofaz, Aku dan Andy Flop Poppy.

“Ini merupakan kali kedua kami menyertai konsert Hot FM. Namun, kali ini kami akan menghiburkan peminat dengan lagu dari album baru kami,” jelas vokalis Sofaz, Amir.

Bagi kumpulan Aku yang pertama kali akan menjalankan persembahan di khalayak ramai, mereka tidak sabar untuk melihat respons orang ramai.

“Kami jarang diberi peluang untuk menjalankan persembahan besar dan konsert kali dapat membantu mempromosikan kumpulan Aku,” kata vokalisnya, Yus.

Pernah bekerjasama semasa konsert Nite Jam Hot FM di Pulau Pinang tahun lalu, kumpulan New Boyz sekali lagi akan menghiburkan pendengar Hot FM.

“Selepas menjalankan persembahan di Pulau Pinang, kami menerima respons yang baik. Contohnya, banyak lagu kami yang tidak diketahui ramai tetapi selepas persembahan, kami lebih dikenali,” jelas Tomok mewakili New Boyz.

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Non-Stop Don

7 Nov

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Busy days are ahead for Sasi The Don, besides a new album in Tamil. HIZREEN KAMAL talks to the raggae star who loves collaborations.

POPULAR local reggae artiste Sasi The Don is known for his many collaborative efforts with various local and international artistes on his albums.

“I love collaborations. It makes a song even more interesting,” he says, quickly admitting that it attracts fans of both artistes.

Sasi, whose real name is Sasidharan Chandran, recorded hits when he collaborated with Kashmir Stones (one of the biggest local Indian rock bands), Amy Search, Zainal Abidin, Atilia, Apache Indian (from the United Kingdom) and recently, with up-and-coming local hip hop group KLG Sqwad.

This time around, the 29-year-old who is in the midst of working on his fourth album, a Tamil one to boot, is again teaming up, with two big local music names — powerhouse Jaclyn Victor and popular nasyid group Raihan.

He will also work on a number with Dr Alban, the African and European superstar of the 1990s whose hits include No Coke, It’s My Life and One Love. He now lives in Sweden.

Why them?

Sasi who has never collaborated with a female singer before, says Jac would be the ultimate female singer he would ever want to work with.

He says people adore her for what she has achieved to date.

“We have known each other for the past seven years when we used to live in Kepong. On top of that, we are under the same music label (Sony BMG).

“So, I thought that it would be amazing for her and I to do a Tamil song together, since she has not recorded a Tamil number before,” he says, adding that, the song is ready but he has yet to give it a title.

“I think our voices go down well with each other. Imagine Beyonce and Sean Paul,” he says, laughing.

On Raihan, Sasi who has been a fan of the nasyid group since they first burst on the music scene more than a decade ago, says he is impressed by their vocals.

Reminiscing about the first time he heard them sing, he says it was 1996, when he was studying in a college in Kuantan when Raihan came to perform.

“At that time, being a recording artiste never crossed my mind. Seeing them perform for the first time, I was in awe… the words that came out from their mouths seemed so beautiful.”

Later on in life, when Sasi entered the music scene, they met again, while recording their albums at the Platinum Studio in Kelana Jaya.

“We got to know each other and became close. To me, it’s an honour to work with them even for a single track on my album,” he says, adding that they will be singing his composition entitled Insan.

Sasi is a fan of Dr Alban, and been in contact with him for the past two years via the Internet.

“We exchanged thoughts on the reggae scene and I even asked him to listen to my songs. He told me that he enjoyed them very much. So, when I proposed a collaboration, he agreed to do it.”

Sasi who will be leaving for Sweden after Christmas to record the track with Dr Alban, is also planning to bring the latter to Malaysia next year to shoot the music video.

He is also looking at working with an artiste from India. “It’s a surprise. We’ll just have to wait and see,” he quips.

Sasi who has shared the stage with artistes like Bhangra deejays Bally Sagoo (UK) and Stereo Nation (UK), Sukhbir (solo Bhangra artiste from UK), Jay Sean (UK), Shaggy (US), Sean Paul (US) and Maxi Priest (US), to name a few, says he is serious about getting his album off the ground. Not just because of the collaborations but also because the album celebrates the independence of the Indian community in Malaysia.

“I am very serious about this album and this will show my vision and mission statement to everyone to recognise Indians on their achievements, besides embracing the beauty of the Tamil language,” he says.

Aptly entitled Back To My Roots, which is due for release in April next year, it comprises 10 Tamil tracks and an English and a Malay number each. Of the 12 tracks, eight are new songs, while the remainder are English tracks taken from his third album An Asiandancehall Revolution.

Four songs will be translated to Tamil. “The songs are all composed by me,” he says, adding that, he is very particular about finding the right melodies and the music arrangement.

Having a strong music background, Sasi who composes his songs on the piano says he does not take too long to come out with a brand new track. “It’s all about hitting the right keys and just playing around on the piano, and suddenly, you just get the right melodies, that you think will work.”

Sasi’s effort in releasing a Tamil album might make others think he is frustrated with the mainstream music scene. On the contrary, he relishes what he has achieved so far, with a fan base across race and religious beliefs.

“I enjoy every single moment of my career,” he says.

This is his second Tamil album; the first in 2001, was Manitha Piravi, made while he was studying engineering at the University of Malaya. It created a lot of curiosity at that time especially for the Indian market, and went on to sell over 23,000 copies.

“There were some bitter moments too when some of my songs were banned because of my Tamil proficiency, well lack of it actually. Because of that I decided to cross over to mainstream. Even then I was not sure if I would last since I was just doing it for the fun of it… Thank God, it worked though,” he said.

“I think I speak Tamil better now, and that is one of the reasons why I have decided to come out with a second Tamil album. This will be my approach to return to the Indian music scene.”

He handled most of the production work for the album together with the young and talented producer Navigator (real name Navin Kumar). “We work together very well and he is very passionate about his work,” Sasi says. Navigator is the name behind several hit songs, and he has produced for hip hop and rap group Too Phat and Singapore’s rap group Ahli Fiqir.

Sasi also sports a new look — dreadlocks instead of his usual curly hair. “This is my new look. Do you like it?” he asks. Why the change?

Sasi, who is also an ambassador for South Asian and Malaysian Reggae Music, says dreadlocks represent reggae and was apt.

“It’s easier to manage though, as I don’t have to use a comb. The only thing that I dislike is that it takes a longer time to dry.”

Asked whether he has an interest in entering the acting world, Sasi says he has had offers from producers and directors in Malaysia, Singapore and even as far as Mauritius; he’s just holding on for the right story and role.

“I don’t want to make a mistake and regret later,” said Sasi, whose third album eight months ago has sold more than 5,000 copies.

Sasi, who has a full time job heading the music and entertainment division of an advertising agency, wants Malaysia to be known for its music and its entertainment industry.

“We have a great pool of talent but if the industry could be further recognised and made important by the government, who knows, it could be a new channel of revenue for the country’s economy.

“I can tell you that there are many Malaysian musicians and artistes who are ready for the global market. For me, I want to keep on going and contribute as much as I can to the development of the industry.”

His dream is to travel around the world performing, and developing more local talent.

Early next year, Sasi will be involved in a reality programme to discover young talented Indian entertainers. In March, he will perform at two reggae festivals in Jamaica.

Then comes the KL Raggae Sun Splash he is organising in June, at which international artistes like Sean Paul, Diana King (US), Shaggy, Bounty Killa (Jamaica) and Wayne Wonder (Jamaica) will perform.

“It’s all about my great passion for music. A lot of work but Sasi The Don will never stop!” he says.

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