WHILE DJ Dave is currently away in Mumbai sealing a deal that will make him the first local artiste to launch a Bollywood album in India, his heart still remains with Malaysia.
Intent on sharing his success with his fellow countrymen, he is dedicating his album, Tere Bina (Without You), to a day less remembered by Malaysians, Malaysia Day.
“People remember Merdeka, but they fail to remember Malaysia Day.
“It is part and parcel of the history of our country and yet we forget how very important Sept 16 is to us,” said DJ Dave.
Malaysia Day marks the day when Sabah and Sarawak gained independence in 1963, six years after the peninsula received its independence, and along with Singapore, linked up with the then Federation of Malaya, thereby creating Malaysia.
However, with Aug 31 taking centre stage, Malaysia Day often took a back seat in terms of prominence.
Crooner DJ Dave, who recorded three duets in Tere Bina with celebrated playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, believes that the formation of Malaysia consolidated the nation’s independence and strengthened Malaysia’s sovereignty.
“I was in secondary school when this happened.
“At that time, I didn’t fully realise its significance, but when I grew up, I understood what it meant and now I am very proud to be Malaysian.”
In fact, DJ Dave, whose real name is Irwan Shah Abdullah, is so proud of his country that he constantly promotes Malaysia when he performs abroad.
The singer, who has performed in countries all over the world, including Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Korea, makes it a point to play ambassador for his country, urging foreigners to experience Malaysia.
This year, DJ Dave is paying Malaysia the highest tribute an artiste can offer – the success of his album Tere Bina which has topped the Pop Bollywood charts on Astro since its nationwide release a few months ago.
“I am dedicating this album to Malaysia in conjunction with Malaysia Day. Tere Bina is for my country.”
Tere Bina is set to be launched in Bombay in November.