Sunday April 3, 2005
Siti Nurhaliza wows London with wit and eleganceBY CHOI TUCK WO
LONDON: Siti Nurhaliza captivated her fans with a unique presentation of songs and dances at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday.
The diva had the 2,500 near-capacity crowd eating out of her hand as she unleashed her amazing vocal talent during the two-hour concert.
Hailed as the “Celine Dion of Malaysia” by three BBC radio stations, the 26-year-old singing sensation was a joy to watch as she combined her powerful voice with her stunning elegance.
DEBUT APPEARANCE: Siti performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday. — Reuterspic
Despite it being her debut appearance at the prestigious venue, Siti looked relaxed, displaying charm and wit as she interacted with the audience.
She told them: “I come from a small town called Kuala Lipis. But I’ve managed to make it from Kuala Lipis to Kuala Lumpur and to London’s Royal Albert Hall.”
As the cheers died down, Siti went on to urge her fans to “berjoget (dance) and sing along with me”.
“Tonight, I’ve not brought any back-up singers because I have many singers among you, so let’s sing together, okay?” she said to thunderous applause all round.
The night began with Siti’s rich vocals filling the hall with her popular hit, Dialah Di Hati.
Clad in a white shimmering gown, she crooned effortlessly.
During the 40-minute presentation, the fans were treated to a delightful medley of Joget Pahang, Joget Berhibur and Joget Kasih Tak Sudah.
Siti thrilled the audience with her naturally demure personality and courtly moves on stage as she switched from one song to another, interspersing the slow and hot numbers.
For the second segment, she started off with Zapin Budi, accompanied by a traditional music group under Pak Ngah Suhaimi.
After a 20-minute break, the pop princess returned with gusto, this time backed by the 34-member London Symphony Orchestra under Erwin Gutawa.
She dedicated Percayalah, which she wrote and composed herself, to her fans.
Sixteen dancers from Yayasan Warisan Johor in colourful traditional costumes were there to back her with an energetic performance.
After Siti's last song, Seindah Biasa, there were shouts of “Encore” and “We want more” from her fans.
The songstress returned to the stage and delivered a slow medley before rounding off the night with Cindai.
Among the VIPs present were the Sultan and Sultanah of Pahang, the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, 27 members of the Brunei royal family and the Malaysian High Commis-sioner to Britain Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohammad.
Siti’s father Tarudin Ismail and mother Siti Salmah Bachik were also there.