Sheila Majid tells Nur Aqidah Azizi she’s extremely selective when it comes to music
WHEN it comes to music, Datuk Sheila Majid makes no compromises. Perhaps that explains why her last album, Legenda XV XX, was released only in 2006.
The 47-year-old singer, who has eight studio albums under her belt, will not settle for a mediocre product just for the sake of cutting an album.
"Yes, I am fussy about my music. I am very selective of songs that I want to record and they must meet my criteria,” she says.“I look for strong melodies. Today’s music is more about tempo and beat but lack emotions.”
She adds: “I want songs that will last, beautiful and ageless as time passes by. Now, that’s what I call good music.”
Although keen to keep her music legacy alive with new materials, she says she’s not been able to do so.
“I have listened to dozens of songs in the past two years, but none has even come close to what I have in mind. My children listen to Nicki Minaj and I am like, what in the world is this? Maybe I am too old for that kind of music,” she says.
Sheila, whose husband is musician Acis, adds that many people have forgotten that music is a form of art and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“It’s like building a tower. You start from bottom up. Music should touch our emotions and carry a message. The singing too should be pleasant — it’s not necessary to hit the highest note,” she says. “Many beautiful songs from the 1980s are evergreen. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about our music today.”
But she makes an exception of Yuna and Najwa Mahiaddin.
“I am a fan of their work. They have my respect and I absolutely adore their music. I met them at Anugerah Industri Muzik and asked them to compose a song for me. They were surprised and asked, “are you sure?”’ says Sheila, with a laugh.
Sheila is preparing for next month’s The Legendary Concert 2012, which will see her sharing the stage with Amy Search, Zainal Abidin and Jamal Abdillah at five different venues — Kota Kinabalu on May 5, Penang (May 19), Johor Bahru (May 26), Kuching (June 23) and Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on June 30.
“It’s an honour to perform with these phenomenal stars. I am not only excited to perform with them, but also to watch them perform as well.”
Prior to the concerts, Sheila will perform at the Secretaries’ Week show in Atmosphere 360 Restaurant, Kuala Lumpur Tower.
Dubbed A Day with A Living Legend — Sheila Majid, the intimate event will be held on April 25 at noon.
Sheila is looking forward to the show as it will mark her debut performance at the 421m-tall tower. “ It will be a new singing experience, considering my fear of heights,” she says.
In the 45-minute performance, Sheila will render her greatest hits.
Popular comedian and host Dee will add spice to the show with his wit. “It’s a pleasure to work with Dee again. He is such fun,” says Sheila.
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