ERA fm mini concert thrills and entertains the fans
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED Era fm Mini Concert November 1 had eager and excited fans crowding the stage about an hour earlier waiting for their favourite artistes to perform.
Scheduled to begin at 2 pm at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall, Miri among those performing were artists under DJ Fuzz’ Mixology Music label; rapper duo Lawa Nie Geng (Al-Abbas and Muariffah), rap artists Iwere and Waris and Mark Adam with East Malaysian performers Didi Astillah and Syahmin Jasmi completing the lineup of talent that day.
First to perform were brilliant rapper duo Lawa Nie Geng. Rappers Al-Abbas and Muariffah took the stage by storm when they performed their first song, ‘Kita Punya’ which instantly made the crowd go wild when they started to rap in Malay. Accompanied with catchy rap lyrics to an upbeat tune, the duo continued to woo the crowd with their second song ‘Pasar Malam’.
The only rose among the thorns was 18-year-old Didi Astillah from Sabah, the second artist to perform. She gave an animated and bubbly performance and invited fans to join her to sing on stage when she covered Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About The Base’ and later her first single ‘Fikirkan Kamu’ from her self-titled album, ‘Didi Astillah’.
Rap artists Iwere and Waris added local Malaysian flavour to hip hop music, giving a one-of a-kind and entertaining show when they both rapped in their own native dialects.
Hailing from Kelantan, Iwere brought in a twist to hip hop music, mesmerising the crowd in the Kelantanese dialect in ‘Oghe Kito’ (Our People) and later ‘Huk Aloh’ with Waris.
Negeri Sembilan rap artist Waris performed his well-known hit, ‘Rembau Most Wanted’, a song dedicated to his hometown and ‘Sampai Bila’ in his own native dialect.
Also making a wave among the crowd was Kuching-born Syahmin Yasmi who coincidentally turned 24 that day and was treated to a birthday surprise from one of the Era presenters. Armed with his clean boyish good looks, he had no problem wooing the crowd when he performed ‘Lagi dan Lagi’, a song from his first mini album.
Known for his feel-good, fun-loving songs and cheerful tunes, Mark Adam entertained with his hits ‘Pencuri’ (Thief) and ‘Katak’ (Frog). For his last song, ‘Marry Me’ which has not been released yet, he good-naturedly dedicated the song to all the men in the audience in hopes the song could help them persuade the women they love to marry them.
Aside from local artistes, Singaporean crooner Awi Rafael gave the crowd something to swoon over with his smooth honeyed voice with his songs, ‘Kalau Aku Kaya’ and his acoustic performance of ‘Pulanglah’.
Also making an appearance were four-member Indonesian band, De’ Meises who received a tremendously warm welcome from the crowd with their energetic and upbeat performances of ‘Dengarlah Bintang Hatiku’, ‘Biar Saja’, and ‘Jangan Bilang’.
Era Sarawak fm deejays, Afick and Nazuan (better known as Wan and Chopie), kept the momentum going throughout the show as they entertained the fans between sets.
Before the show began, fans got feted with free Era merchandise like T shirts (Miri 101.3 FM) and hats. Among the lucky ones to receive a goody bag from Tourism Malaysia handed by the deejays were local Alfina Tasha and Bruneian Nor Hidayati.
The Era Mini Concert held in conjunction with the Malaysian Year End Sale (MYES) 2014 was the first collaboration between Astro Radio Sarawak, Tourism Malaysia and Boulevard Group in hopes of targeting more people especially from Brunei to pick Miri as a holiday shopping destination.
“We are targeting Bruneians to come and to know Miri is the best place for many things especially for shopping,” said deputy director of Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, Rosalina Abdul Rahim during the press conference on October 31st at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall.
According to Rosalina, MYES will be held from November 15 to January 4th next year where shoppers can find great bargains and discounts of up to 70% at participating malls.
“This kind of offer will attract more tourists, local or international to come and enjoy Miri,” she said.
In the near future, Astro Radio Sarawak operations manager Dharmendrea Sayna said he hopes to continue organising events in Miri.
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