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#Showbiz: 'Many don't fancy veterans singing new, contemporary songs' - M. Nasir

KUALA LUMPUR: Iconic singer, musician and music producer Datuk M. Nasir has admitted that fans of veterans in the music industry do not fancy them performing new, contemporary songs.

Nasir said that fans always enjoyed listening to "golden oldies", the songs that made them famous in the first place.

"If we veterans plan to come out with new albums, not many music lovers may want such albums. They would rather hear us perform our iconic tunes," said Nasir in a recent interview.

Nasir, however, said that staunch fans of veteran artistes would still support the release of new singles that maintained a similar musical style.

"While fans still love us singing our songs, there are several gifted newcomers who have reinterpreted our songs in their own way, and sound very good, too."

The 64-year-old artiste from Singapore, began his musical career in the 1970s and co-founded the rock group Kembara with his close friends A. Ali and S. Sahlan, among others.

To date, Nasir has released 16 albums including seven with Kembara. His best known songs include Mentera Semerah Padi, Suatu Masa, Apokalips and Mustika.

Nasir is also a popular actor, and has appeared in more than 10 films, including Kembara Seniman Jalanan, Fenomena, Selubung, Puteri Gunung Ledang, Magika and Tombiruo.

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