Alif Satar and nasyid group Raihan will stage a charity concert next February. NSTP/MUSTAFFA KAMAL.

AFTER their collaboration on Sesungguhnya 2019, which was released earlier this year, popular TV host and singer Alif Satar and nasyid group Raihan are planning more projects together.

This was spurred by the success of the single, with its accompanying video having been viewed more than 1.3 million times on YouTube since its release on May 11.

“We hope to release a duet during the fasting month next year,” said Abu Bakar Md Yatim, one third of the popular nasyid group formed in 1996.

Raihan was formed with five members but is now a trio, with Che Amran Idris and Amran Ibrahim making up the other two members.

DREAM COME TRUE

“Working with Raihan is like a dream come true. The group evokes childhood memories,” shared Alif, 29.

“I was living in the United Kingdom when my father was furthering his studies there. My parents brought along Raihan’s debut album Puji-Pujian. It was the only music album from Malaysia which we listened to there,” said Alif.

At his recent showcase at Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, the group joined him onstage to sing along to its single Iman Mutiara and Maher Zain’s Thank You Allah.

“Beginning with Sesungguhnya 2019, the opportunity for us to collaborate just fell into place,” added Alif.

While they did not divulge further details on the duet, they excitedly shared their next project — Konsert Amal “Countless Blessing” Alif Satar & Raihan.

The two-hour concert is scheduled to take place on Feb 22 next year at Pusat Budaya, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia in Gombak.

Co-organised by Maha Philandure and Komited Malaysia, the charity concert is organised in conjunction with the Live A Life 2019 campaign.

DO GOOD

The concert, part of the Fun.Race.Sing initiative, is specially created for the organisers’ partners such as Sekolah Islam Al Huda, Mercy Malaysia, Persatuan Pemulihan Kesan Sosial Malaysia, International Islamic University’s Centre For Community Engagement And Services and Malaysia Young Shariah Scholars Association.

Abu Bakar said this is a good initiative by the organisers to bring together a pop star and a group well known for spiritual songs.

“In life, we’re always given the opportunities to do good, in whatever field, show business included.

“We’re excited at the opportunity to share the stage with the new generation of multi-talented artistes like Alif,” added Abu Bakar.

Alif added: “You get the best of two music genres for the price of one. I’m excited as the concert is not just for entertainment’s sake but also serves a purpose for the community.”

Alif has a lot on his plate. Besides TV hosting and concert rehearsals, he had to train for Ironman Malaysia, a triathlon event he took part in recently.

At the concert, Alif will be backed by his band The Locos, made up of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist and two backup singers.