The Songbird Returns
Evanna Ramly | 07 Jul 2017 00:00

Come Aug 5, Malaysian jazz queen Datuk Sheila Majid will thrill fans with her first solo concert in seven years. To be held at Stadium Negara, it promises to be a spectacular musical extravaganza in support of Boneka, her first album in 13 years.

At the time the interview, 80% of the tickets have been sold. “It’s been a while since I held a concert of this scale,” she says. “So I’m really looking forward to it. It will be tiring but I know that when I get on stage, the vibe will give me incredible energy.”

Asked about her earliest memories of music, the songbird replied that “there was always music playing in our house”.

“I have seven older siblings – four brothers and three sisters – and whoever was the first to get up in the morning would put their favourite vinyl on the record player. We had a great collection.

“We were exposed to a lot of genres. I had a soft spot for R&B but my brothers were into The Rolling Stones, Tower of Power and Sérgio Mendes. My musical idols are Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Patti Austin and Chaka Khan. The richness of their melodies continues to inspire artists today.”


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