THE LEGENDARY Tan Sri P. Ramlee was celebrated by the National Choir of Malaysia in its concert Wajah, which was inspired by the many characters played by the late actor.
Spectators left the PerakFM Auditorium of the Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Complex in Ipoh with sweet memories on their mind at the end of the two-hour concert last Sunday night after listening to the choir perform some of the actor’s most popular songs.
These included Ibu, Bunyi Gitar, Mencheceh Bujang Lapok, Dimanakan Ku Cari Ganti, Pujaanku, Anakku Sazali and Getaran Jiwa.
In all, the 22-member choir, led by choir director Tunku Marina Tunku Zubir with Syafinaz Selamat as artistic director, conductor and vocal master, presented a total of 21 songs in various musical styles including classical, jazz, tango, acapella and rock.
Present to enjoy the performance was Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.
The royal couple were accompanied by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, and also National Culture and Arts Department Director General Tan Sri Norliza Rofli.
Norliza said in a press statement that Wajah was the latest performance by the choir after emerging victorious in the 4th Bali International Choir Festival last August.
The choir’s haul of three gold medals and wins in the Group Vocal, Mixed Choir, and Group Championship categories, she added, brought glory to the country.
“Whereas other quarters are bringing in performers from outside, the National Choir is committed to developing and recognising our local talent by creating platforms such as this to showcase their ability,” she said.
The night was made extra special with the powerful vocal performance of 11-year-old Adinda Tasya Mansor during intermission.
Adinda Tasya, a contestant in China reality TV show Let’s Sing Kids, dazzled the audience with A Moment Like This in Mandarin and I Surrender.