Strumming up a legacy

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It will be a first. Instead of highlighting singers, Konsert G4 is all about the country’s top guitarists, writes Nur Aqidah Azizi

ALONG with their popular rock bands, Kid and Hillary Ang (Search), Man Kidal (Lefthanded) and Joe (Wings) have etched their names in the local music history as the country’s top guitarists. They are an inspiration for those who want to pursue careers in music.

Now, the four guitar masters will share the stage in their first ever guitar concert, Konsert G4: Petikan Legasi, at KL Live on Sept 30 (8pm), organised by RK Polaris.

They are confident the show will attract fans despite having guitarists as the main headliners and not vocalists.

“Today’s music lovers are more open and knowledgeable about music. They don’t only know about the frontman, but are also familiar with other members of the band and the instruments they play,” says Man Kidal, whose real name is Abdul Rahman Mahmood.

He adds that fans have changed over the years. “People don’t only listen to music these days but they are also equipped with knowledge about music. They know what instrument is used in a song and what it is capable of.” Together with Lefthanded, Man Kidal has helped popularise a string of rock tunes namely Debunga Wangi, Lanun and Kenangan Bersamamu.

At the two-hour concert, each guitarist will perform for 30 minutes, with repertoires ranging from local to foreign hits.

“I will try to not rely so much on familiar tunes from my former band, Lefthanded, as I want to offer something new and different. But I know fans will want to hear something evergreen from the old days too, so perhaps there will be one or two old songs,” he adds.

There are plans to have a few guest vocalists in the show. “We are looking to collaborate with young singers to share the stage with us, but we haven’t finalised the names yet,” says Man Kidal.

For Joe, the man behind Wing’s great tunes (together with vocalist Awie), the concert poses a challenge for all four of them as they’ll have to “maintain a continuous connection” with the audience through their guitar performances.

“Without a vocal performance, we have to give character to the song and that can be done through showmanship. The soul and feel of the song need to be translated through the sound of the guitar. It has to be a language that fans can understand ... that is the ultimate challenge,” says Joe, whose real name is Abdul Zamin Abdul Kadir

 “Many of today’s guitarists lack emotion when they play. They only follow the melody but they don’t feel and understand them,” says Joe who is known for his impeccable guitar skills notably in Wing’s songs such as Taman Rashidah Utama, Opera Hidup and Sejati.

 “When you really feel the melody, it shows in your performance. It makes you stand out although you are only playing at the back of the stage.” he explains.

The organiser, Sharifah Mursidah Syed Malik, says the G4 Concert is the first of its kind and promises to be a satisfying experience.

“Right from the start, it was clear that Kid, Hillary, Man Kidal and Joe were perfect for the concert in every sense of the word. They have their own credibility and stage persona which I believe will attract the fans,” she says.
Sharifah says the guitarists will decide on the song selections.

“Some want to play more sentimental songs while others opt for unfamiliar tunes. I am okay with their decision and I believe that, at the end of the day, it’s their guitar mastery that fans want to enjoy,” says Sharifah.
On collaborations with guest performers, Sharifah says the matter is still under discussion. “We have several names but these will be announced only when confirmed,” she says.

Tickets: RM100 and RM120. Call 016-683 8444 (Aszuad) and 019-9412345 (Dino). Details are on G4 Facebook and twitter page.

From left: Kid, Man Kidal, Joe and Hillary


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