Stars shine at Bintang P Ramlee
IT WAS A NIGHT OF GLITZ and glamour at the ‘Bintang P. Ramlee 2014’ finale which featured 18 finalists doing their best to be crowned champion of national-level singing competition on Oct 12.
Before the show started, the audience at home got to watch the red carpet procession where the VIPs, artistes, and media personnel stopped for interviews outside Stadium Perpaduan Petra Jaya.
The national-level Bintang P.Ramlee is organised once every two years in Sarawak, and as it is with Bintang P Ramlee, all the songs performed throughout the night were P Ramlee classics or songs from the 50s and 60s era, with contestants performing solos and duets.
The show started at 8pm with a performance of P Ramlee’s ‘Getaran Jiwa by Ning Baizura, famous for her high-pitched vocals and dubbed one of Malaysia’s most powerful vocalists.
Following her were performances by a duo dubbed ‘Azhael’ Mohd Azhar Osman and Hal Husaini Razmi, the first runner-ups for one of Malaysia’ most watched music reality TV show, Akademi Fantasia, season 10.
Azhael performed ‘Hoi Hoi Ya Hoi’ and ‘Ayo Kezambo’ while introducing the contestants for the evening that had been divided into several zones namely Peninsular, Sabah, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Sarawak.
Finalists from Peninsular included Muhammad Radhi Abd Rahman and Syaimaa Salleh from Melaka, Azfar Don Zulkamal Azmi and Syamsyuhaida Sabri from Perlis, Syamsul Nizam Ali and Norakmazulaika Abdul Khalid from Pahang, Mohd Faizal Abd Rahim and Norhasima Kadir from Johor.
Meanwhile, Mohd Syazrul Nizam Matusin and Misbaria Maidin represented Sabah, Awangku Shahminan Pengeran Ahmad and Masita Tambi represented Brunei, Hendri Andul Hamid A Parto and Wulandari Muhammad Nasir represented Indonesia, while Nur Firdaus Arifeen and Khatijah Abdul Rahman represented Singapore.
It was obvious that Sarawakians Abu Zahid Ibrahim and Kamaria Pandi were a crowd favourite to win as the audience cheered ecstatically when their names were announced.
The announcers for the night were Datuk Rosyam Nor and Fouziah Gous. Fouziah’s vivacity and Rosyam’s suaveness made the stellar evening even more memorable.
The judges for the competition included senior lecturer in music at Universiti Malaysia Sabah Khairil Anwar Dean Kamarudin, Malaysian songwriter and music director Helen Yap, veteran singer Datuk Sarbanun Marikan, orchestra leader and music lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Professor Abdul Jamal Abd Hamid, and they were led by head of jury Datuk Mokhzani Ismail, musical director of Radio Television of Malaysia Orchestra.
The first contestant to kick off the solo segment of the finale was Mohd Syazrul from Sabah who performed a famous classic from the film ‘Do Re Mi’ entitled ‘Rantai Terlepas’, followed by Hendri Andul Hamid A Parto who sang ‘Aduh Sayang’ from the film ‘Ragam P. Ramlee’.
In the spirit of P Ramlee and the 50s and 60s era of Malaysian film, the interludes between performances were given a dose of lightheartedness by a trio of comedians who entertained the crowd and the viewers at home on stage.
The show continued with another two performances by Muhammad Radhi from Malacca who sang ‘Ibu’ from a film of the same name and AwangKu Shahminan from Brunei who rendered ‘Seri Bunian’ from the film ‘Sumpah Orang Minyak’.
Muhammad Radhi is a previous winner for Best Performance in the 2012 national-level Bintang P. Ramlee competition, and his performance this year was another unforgettable one as he upped the drama by having two actresses playing his mother performing in the background as he sang.
After Muhammad Radhi’s emotional performance, Azfar Don from Perlis sang ‘Anak Dara Rindu’ from the film ‘Bujang Lapok’ and Nur Firdaus Arifeen from Singapore rendered ‘Di Pinggiran’ from the film ‘Ragam P. Ramlee’.
Syamsul from Pahang took over the stage with his rendition of ‘Ku Rindu Pada Mu’ from the film ‘Masam Masam Manis’. Following him was Sarawakian contestant, Abu Zahid who sang ‘Hanya Dikau’ and Mohd Faizal from Johor whose ‘Entah Dimana’ was from the film ‘Keluarga 69’.
After the male contestants completed their solo performances, Misha Omar took the stage and gave a powerful performance of ‘Jeritan Batinku’ leaving the crowd in awe with her spectacular rendition of the song.
After the solo segments, it was time for the male participants to perform with their partners for their duet performances.
Sabahans Mohd Syazrul and Misbaria were the first couple to perform, delivering an energetic rendition of ‘Yang Mana Satu Idaman Kalbu’. Indonesian duet Hendri and Wulandari who sang ‘Uda Dan Dara’.
Third place winner, Mohd Syazrul Nizam Matusin and Misbaria Maidin of Sabah the third place winner of the National-level ‘Bintang P. Ramlee 2014’ rendering a song
The Indonesian pair, Hendri Andul Hamid A Parto and Wulandari Muhammad Nasir who rendered ‘Uda dan Dara’
The show continued with Muhammad Radhi and Syaimaa with their rendition of ‘Semarak Hati’ followed by Bruneians AwangKu and partner Masita who impressed with their rendition of ‘Dalam Air Terbayang Wajah’.
The following duets were by Azfar Don and Syamsyuhaida from Perlis with ‘Sri Bulan’; Syamsul and Norakmazulaika from Pahang with ‘Hancur Badan Dikandung Tanah’; Mohd Faizal and Norhasima from Johor with ‘Kalau Kaca Menjadi Intan’; Nur Firdaus and Khatijah from Singapore with ‘Jangan Adik Angan-Angan’ and the show was completed by Abu Zahid and Kamaria from Sarawak with their rendition of ‘Malam Ku Bermimpi’.
After all 18 finalist completed their performances, it was then time to wait for the final points to be counted and winners to be announced. While waiting, Sarawak’s own violinist Nisa Addina Mohd Taufik who had won three gold awards at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in 2011 entertained the audience.
After battling it out for the finale, Abu Zahid and Kamaria were announced as the champions. They walked away with cash prizes of RM13,000 and RM7,000 respectively, a trophy, certificates and other side prizes including Canon DSLR camera and smartphones.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Radhi and Syaimaa from Malacca emerged as the first runner-ups, receiving cash prizes of RM10,000 and RM5,000 respectively, a trophy, certificates and other prizes.
Second runner-ups Mohd Shazrul and Misbaria from Sabah, received cash prizes of RM6,000 and RM4,000 respectively, a trophy, certificates as well as other prizes.
Azfar Don and Syamsyuhaida from Perlis won the judges’ hearts and received the title for Best Performance. They received a cash prize of RM4,000, trophy, certificates on top of their consolation prizes of RM3,000.
Those who received the RM3,000 consolation prizes were duos Mohd Faizal Abdul Rahman and Norhasima Kadir (Johor); Syamsul Nizam Ali and Noramazulaika Abdul Khalid (Pahang); Awangku Shahminan Pengiran Ahmad and Masita Tambi (Brunei); Hendri Abdul Hamid A Parto and Wulandari Muhammad Nasir (Indonesia) and Nur Firdaus Arifeena and Khatijah Abdul Rahman (Singapore).
Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud presented the prizes for the top winners while consolation prizes were presented by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Brunei and Indonesia has been taking part in the competition since 2008 whereas Singapore since 2010.
The show ended with performances from popular Malaysian artistes Ning Baizura, Nasir Wahab, and Misha Omar with her rendition of Sheila Majid’s ‘Legenda’ dedicated especially to the legend the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
The performances for the finale evening was accompanied by RTM mini orchestra, known as the D Aspirasi RTM Kuching led by Eugene Clifford Suboh.
The national-level ‘Bintang P.Ramlee’ organised once every two years in Sarawak, finale this year was held at Stadium Perpaduan Petra Jaya.
Among those present that evening were the Head of State’s wife Toh Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu and State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar as well as Director-General of Broadcasting Malaysia, Datuk Norhyati Ismail.