PETALING JAYA: Though she is a stunner with an hour-glass figure, singer Ning Baizura wants to shed her sexy image and go for something less revealing – all for a more professional image.
“I don’t want to be portrayed as a sexy woman anymore. I now prefer a serious, mature image. I am in the midst of re-building myself. I have put those nightmare years behind me,” said the 28-year-old singer.
Ning also said she had also chosen to show her true self through artistic expressions. And part of her new image building is going into untried territories like teaming up with heavy metal group Metal Asia in the song Puspasari Penawar Puteri in the three-day concert “Geeta Gangsa” which opened last night at the Panggung Sari, Istana Budaya.
Ning is especially impressed with the hauntingly melodic riffs of the gamelan, which is introduced in the song.
“The song sounds even more appealing when combined with heavy metal. I am sure the young would love to hear the fusion of this new sound,” said Ning who attended vocal classes at 14 and won the international song competition Voice of Asia at 16.
The idea of fusing Metal Asia’s hard-core music material and Ning’s operatic-soprano style of singing was a mind-blowing experience for Ning.
Ning will also sing the asli song titled Sayang Di Sayang, a Malay classic which was included in her previous album, Di Sayup Bintang in 1997.
Joining Ning on stage for the “Geeta Gangsa” concert is singer Camelia, traditional singer Wan Salmah who popularised the song Ulek Mayang and music director Pak Ngah. The two-and-half hour concert will also feature a gamelan dance.
Tickets are priced at RM21, RM31, RM51, RM76 and RM101. For bookings, call Box Office at 03-4025-5932.