It’s time to brush up on those lyrics and sing-a-long skills, because this month, KL is graced with concerts by three prominent figures in the world of solo singers/songwriters. Although they may appeal to different crowds, it’s difficult not to find the charm and skill in all three alluring.
A man who has achieved cult status and amassed an army of fans, local crooner Datuk DJ Dave is preparing for the show of a lifetime in conjunction with his 40th anniversary in showbiz. Take a trip down memory lane in his Journey Through Song – Ingin Bersua as the legend belts out numbers from the 70s right up to present day, along with local stars of the times – Uji Rashid, Ahmad Nawab, Dayang Nurfaizah and Marsha Londoh.
Backed by a 42-piece orchestra and with a mesmerising light show, the 65-year-old will sing 35 of his hits over the two-hour show, and change into no less than six riveting costumes, including those once fabulously hot bell-bottoms.
All proceeds will go to orphanages and old folks’ homes, with DJ Dave remarking that this is a way of giving back to his fans for their loyalty over the years. The event at Istana Budaya on 1-3 June is planned as his last major big concert, so join DJ Dave in celebrating a lifetime of entertainment.
If you’re looking for something with a little more rhythm and blues, there is Maher Zain Live in Malaysia 2012, where the Lebanese-born, Muslim Swedish heartthrob will light up Stadium Merdeka with his brand of Islamic-tinged, contemporary R&B on 16 June.
Zain exploded onto the scene in 2009 with his debut album Thank You Allah, gaining fans in Arab-speaking and Islamic countries, as well as among Muslims in the Western world. In Malaysia alone, Thank You Allah was the best-selling album of 2010, with Zain the most googled celebrity that year.
A prevalent quality in his songs and general style is the fusion of East meets West, with lyrics and music that reflect his devotion to Islam, but a willingness, and need, to embrace and accept modernity. On his pursuit to quell Islamophobia, Zain says: “I’ve seen that people want to hear good music but with a positive message. I think it can reach out to new people, given the topics and the quality we are hoping to produce.” His hopes are to inspire others and ultimately spread peace, brotherhood, humanity, respect and love.
And for some chilled-out indie music, you should catch Jason Mraz and band in Tour Is A Four Letter Word at Stadium Merdeka on 19 June. He of I’m Yours and Make it Mine fame has been described as “scatting” through his songs, with intricate verbal mischief, radiating an aura of feel-good vibes.
Hot on the heels of his latest album Love is a Four Letter Word, his set list for the concert will surely draw on the 12 new songs, and hopefully contain fan favourites, but whatever the case, you can be sure it’ll be happening, as Mraz is a renowned live performer.
It’s not often we get such tantalising vocalists with such depth and chemistry on our shores, so make your month and head to one of these shows, or better yet…catch them all.
Journey Through Song – Ingin Bersua
Where: Istana Budaya
When: 1-3 June
Admission: RM 53-RM 453
Maher Zain Live in Malaysia 2012
Where: Stadium Merdeka
When: 16 June
Admission: RM 78-RM 298
Tour Is A Four Letter Word
Where: Stadium Merdeka
When: 19 June
Admission: RM 75-RM 345