Akim & The Majistret heat up pre-Malaysia day celebrations
By Jude Toyat
The spirit of patriotism was clearly shown by the waving of flags by over 5,000 people who flocked to Padang Merdeka here for Yeo’s I Love Malaysia Patriotic Concert which featured Akim & the Majistret on September 15.
Kuching city was the fifth location for the Yeo Hiap Seng (Malaysia) Berhad (Yeo’s) tour series held in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
The performance of ‘Negaraku’ and Sudirman’s ‘Tanggal 31’ by guest artists including Alinda Alphonse, Precious, local band The Family Man, and Akim & The Majistret were the curtain-raiser for the concert that started at 8pm, which also saw spectators stand up and sing along as a sign of respect.
Alinda then appeared on stage with her exhilarating performance of Faizal Tahir’s ‘Gemuruh’ and a medley of Tamil songs. The audience was visibly cheered by the exciting performance by Alinda with injections of Bollywood-style dance.
Local band The Family Man warmed the stage with local-dialect songs including ‘Tok Bok Nya’, ‘District 13’, and ‘Petra Jaya’.
Shortly after, Precious, a four-piece M-Pop group appeared on stage and ended the slot for guest artists with Girls’ Generation’s ‘I Got A Boy’, Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ and patriotic song ‘Setia’ that combined both Malay and Mandarin languages.
After waiting for almost two hours, came the performers every one had been waiting for, Akim & the Majistret, which received overwhelming and encouraging cheers from the fans.
Besides reality TV singer Afiq Hakim Ahmad – better known as Akim – the band consists of six other handsome men, former members of other groups including Zimi and Fairuz from Sofazr, Wan and Gjie from Sixth Sense, Afiez from Kristal and New Boyz, and Beby from Hyper Act.
Akim & the Majistret performed songs from their latest album entitled ‘Patriot’ including ‘Terlalu Mudah’, ‘Patriot’, ‘Anugerah’, ‘Sisa Ku’, ‘Obses’, ‘Quicksand’, as well as Stacy’s ‘Not For Sale’ that was sung enthusiastically in Akim’s own version.
Other members of the band also entertained the fans by singing solo songs from their previous bands including Hyper Act’s ‘Hanya Aku’, and Sofazr’s ‘Janjiku’.
Apart from that, they also sang the theme song of the Yeo’s I Love Malaysia campaign entitled ‘Yeo’s Jingle Song’ before ending the show with their chart-topping singles ‘Potret’ and ‘Mewangi’.
According to Akim, the concert held here received the most number of people compared to previous locations, including Johor Bahru, Shah Alam, Kuala Terengganu, and Kota Kinabalu since they first started the tour on Aug 8.
“We arrived here on Sunday (September 13). I am always excited to be here as apart from the interesting places which I can visit here, Kuching also offers a wide variety of appetizing foods, and my favourite here, of course Mee Kolok.
“People here in Kuching are the best. They are always very friendly and I enjoy myself being surrounded by them. If I was given the chance, I will be back here to entertain our friends and loyal fans who have supported our involvement in the music industry until now,” he said.
After the concert ended, Akim & the Majistret took their time with the fans for a meet-and-greet session. Those who purchased their album during the concert were also given the chance to get their signatures and take photos with them.
The concert presented by Yeo’s is held to foster the spirit of patriotism, unity and solidarity among the various races in Malaysia. It will be going on to its last location to be held at Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar in Kedah on September 19.
Aside from topping the charts of local radio stations, Akim & the Majistret has also been nominated for four categories at the Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) to be held in Singapore in October. These include ‘Band Terbaik’, ‘Lagu Terbaik (Malaysia)’ with their song ‘Mewangi’, ‘Lagu Paling Popular APM’ with their song ‘Potret’, and ‘Artis Paling Popular APM’.
The band is also in the process of producing a new single, a collaboration with a band from Indonesia which is yet to be named, and is expected to be released next year.