KUALA LUMPUR: Arab heartthrob Kadim Al-Sahir does not have a time limit when it comes to singing during his concerts.
“I can perform from two to four hours and sometimes even more, depending on the mood then and from the crowd’s response. But the most important thing is, I will not disappoint the crowd,” said the unassuming singer at a press conference in Wisma Genting yesterday.
Despite singing all his numbers in Arabic, Kadim is confident that non-Arabic speaking listeners would be entertained as well.
“Everywhere I go, from Las Vegas, London, Tunisia, Canada to Germany, language is not the problem. The audience seems to understand my music and we are emotionally connected although they don’t know the meaning of my songs,” said the 41-year-old Iraqi singer who is currently the most successful classical Arab singer.
For his one-night performance dubbed Kadim Al-Sahir – Live In Genting, presented by Riger Travel and Tours, today in Genting Highlands, Kadim said he would be backed by a full orchestra of 23 people.
For Kadim, performing on stage gives him that zest and excitement.
“I just love the stage. I will have this sudden energy and urge to just sing and sing when I see a hall packed with people. That’s why I can sing for hours. As this is my first time here, I am quite anxious to see how the locals will react to my music,” said Kadim, who did a duet with Sarah Brightman – The War Is Over Now – for her Harem album.
Tickets for his concert, priced at RM480, RM380, RM280, RM190 and RM90, are available at all Genting sales office and WorldCard service centres as well as Riger Travel & Tours, which can be reached at 03-78752888 or www.riger.com.my. For reservations, call 03-2718-1118 or 1-800-181118 or log on to www.genting.com.my.
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