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Alif Satar has a special wedding present for his bride-to-be, his latest single Setiap Hari, writes Dennis Chua

WHEN he was introduced during One In A Million (OIAM) Season 1 in 2006, Alif Satar represented bubble gum pop tinged with soul.

In that 8TV reality talent show, he was a crowd favourite and as the youngest contestant, he was the “teen idol”.

The Kuala Lumpur-born boy-next-door finished third, behind champion Suki Low, and singer, songwriter and composer Faizal Tahir. Nevertheless, he won admiration from no-nonsense judges Syafinaz Selamat and Paul Moss for his consistency in the 10-week contest.

STARDOM AND MARRIAGE

Alif, who entered National Service with Low and actress Diana Danielle the following year, subsequently made a name for himself hosting entertainment and youth programmes on TV. The most notable was TV3’s Remaja in 2009, where he shared weekly hosting duties with actress Juliana Evans.

Alif’s singing career took off slowly but steadily and his first hit songs were Cukup Indah, Lelaki Seperti Aku, Pendusta and Jangan Nakal. They were from his first two albums Nakal (2009) and Lelaki Seperti Aku (2011).

The second album saw his first collaboration with a foreign artiste — Filipino singer Julia Abueva. Their duet was Timeless, made popular by American Idol Season 1 champion Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini.

In 2011, Alif teamed with his favourite singer from Singapore, Aliff Aziz, in a cover version of Datuk Sudirman Arshad’s popular Hari Raya Aidilfitri song Balik Kampung. The duo had fun filming a hilarious and heartwarming music video about two youths’ adventurous Hari Raya homecoming.

Alif, who turns 24 on Sept 19, will marry longtime girlfriend Sha Dila Halid four days earlier.

“We were engaged last January and had known each other for almost a decade. She used to work as an executive at TV9 and is now a manager in a cellular communications company,” he says, adding that though Sha Dila is not a follower of OIAM, she loves R&B and pop music as much as he does.

“We share the same Chinese zodiac, the Horse, and even our birthdays are close.”

They will tie the knot in a private ceremony, witnessed by their family members. At 8pm on Sept 20, they will host a simple wedding dinner at The Marina in Putrajaya.

“Preparations for our wedding began in July. We won’t be having an overseas honeymoon as I’ll be busy with work until year end,” he says.

“Nevertheless, we will have a nice holiday in a local destination,” he says.

Alif has a special wedding gift for his wife. It is his latest single Setiap Hari, written and composed by Indonesian Panji Sakti. The single was unveiled at Sony Music Malaysia’s office in Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur recently. The event was attended by Sony Music Malaysia managing director Julius Ng and its general manager for Malaysia and Singapore Hermond Cheng.

“Panji wrote my previous single Jangan Nakal and penned Setiap Hari in Bandung.”

Setiap Hari comes hot on the heels of Alif’s other new single, Akhiri Penantianku, written and composed by Zimi Zahari of Sofazr.

“I will be touring Indonesia to promote Setiap Hari, Akhiri Penantianku and other songs from my third album Definisi , which was launched last year.”

Setiap Hari has a feel good video. Filmed last January in the Mustapha Kamal Building, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, with a Segway vehicle, the video tells the story of a playful young man (himself) trying to woo a beautiful woman who is always busy on her personal computer in a cafe.

She is played by Amirah Azmi of women’s talk show 3R, and it marks their first collaboration in TV programme or film.

“While the story is about a boy’s determination to break the ice with his dream girl, it’s got nothing to do with my own love story,” says Alif with a boyish grin.

The music video, which also stars actress Erra Fazira’s daughter, Engku Aleesya Engku Emran, is available on YouTube channel Vevo and is directed by Dian Mayasari, who also directed the video for Akhiri Penantianku.

Alif’s previous projects this year included Senyum, the theme song for Astro Ceria Ramadan drama Ya Ustaz, and World Cup song Vida with pop stars Ricky Martin (USA), Judika (Indonesia) and Sezairi (Singapore).

CHILDHOOD DREAM CAREER

Alif, the eldest of four siblings, wanted to become a pilot initially.

“I used to see myself as Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun. I was lucky to co-pilot a plane, an Eagle, when I was 19, at Subang Airport. It was fun!” he says.

Alif eventually realised that singing was his first love, when he participated in the annual talent search in his alma mater Sekolah Menengah Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, and won.

“I was bitten by the singing bug when I was 16, and after winning the Hartamas Idol, I joined OIAM, my ticket to stardom,” he says.

Next year, his movie debut, Sayang Lari Sayang, which also stars Erin Malik, will be screened on Astro Ria. It was filmed three years ago.

“It’s an adventure story,” says Alif who stars in the drama Fail Riz at 8.30pm every Saturday on TV9.

Alif was the host for TV9’s pre-teen talent search Idola Kecil, for seven years.

“It’s great to find the next talent among the little ones. After all, I was a ‘little’ once,” says the singer who also hosts Suka Lattew with Shahrul of Shiro on Astro Ria at 10pm on Tuesdays.

He is also in the 80-episode game show Tu Dia on Hypp TV, while last Ramadan, he hosted game show Hip Sensasi.