Compiled by C. ARUNO, DENISE KHOO and R. ARAVINTHAN
AWI Rafael’s dream came true when he was given the opportunity to record a song by American alternative rock band Dishwalla in Malay last April, Berita Harian reported.
Awi, whose real name is Muhammad Namawi Ewan Gunawan Rafael, said Dishwalla’s song Angels or Devils helped him through many challenges, including his parents’ separation.
Last Thursday, he performed with Dishwalla lead singer JR Richards at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur, singing Angels or Devils and Every Little Thing together.
Richards, whose wife is from Pahang, is no stranger to Malaysia but it was the first time the two artistes met.
They are also scheduled to tour Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand with Awi next year, adding that this collaboration was the first of many to come.
> After a year with rock band Kristal, vocalist Kecik decided to call it quits, Sinar Harian reported.
Kecik said rock music was not his passion and he did not want that to affect Kristal.
Kecik, whose real name is Mohammad Fauzi Kamarudin, plans to go solo.
Kristal guitarist Rody said the decision was made after an discussion with the band, adding that Kecik would remain a friend.
> A 19-year-old in Kampung Mentara Lama in Gua Musang, Kelantan, found himself taking over as head of the family after his parents passed away recently, Harian Metro reported.
Mohamad Syahadam Abdul Talib Mohd Kasim and his siblings, Siti Norasniza, nine, and Siti Noraini Ahmad, 14, live in a house with no power supply.
They also resort to collecting water from a ditch for daily use.
After they lost their father, Mohamad Syahadam and his siblings cared for their diabetic mother until her passing in August.
He earns RM700 monthly as a labourer at an oil palm plantation.
Gua Musang Social Welfare Department officer Hizani Ibrahim said it had approved a monthly aid of RM300 to the three siblings that would be disbursed from next month.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.