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Monday, March 30, 2009

Miloskilos at Anggun Showcase in KL

































It was blissful raining evening that Friday. The traffic congestion almost delay timing to arrive on time at Hotel Istana. Nope, we weren’t there for dinner buffet or anything but specifically to support Anggun’s Elevation Showcase. A rarely event which any Anggun fans shouldn’t miss.


The last time Anggun was in KL, probably was for the launching event of Audimars Piguet watch at Starhill Gallery, not to promote ‘Luminescence’ an album that was release during that time. It was probably in 2006 or 2007. The last time Anggun performed in a showcase was at Hard Rock Café to promote Chrysalis probably in 2001 or 2002.She also performed in a slot at KL Jazz festival few years ago maybe in 2003, 2004. I am not able to catch her performance cause I was not in Kuala Lumpur.


The first time I saw Anggun performance was by accident, during a Dunhill private event at KL Tower. Her showmanship was amazing the last time I saw her, with petals roses and a paperfan, and at that event, I actually diminished my initial impression that she wasn’t that beautiful. However,if you met her in person, you cant help but envy her beautiful skin,hair, exotic looks, charms and of course her charisma! She is a down to earth, superstar!


I never meet Anggun up close or in person, eventough few years back I dedicated my time and passion to maintain a fansite known as ‘voice of anggun’,which I shut down due to lack of time and at that time it is hard to get updated news on Anggun. I believe her team does not believe in Internet or technology as a marketing tool, so I decided to support her locally in my own way. Fortunately Anggun fanbase grew larger and so does the amount of dedicated, better fansite.


Soonest as I received the news of her showcase in Hotel Istana, I immediately made my RSVP and counted the days. LOL. I made few preparation hoping that this time I be able to meet her in person, probably get a chance to get all my CDs signed and handed her a gift. I bought her a book ‘ Life in terengganu’ by Awang Goneng, A local author who now resides in Holland. The book is actually an autobiography of his life growing up in Terengganu when he was young. A very picturesque memoirs, something that I think Anggun may like since I read somewhere that she enjoy readings people’s life story. So I wrap the book in a blue cover with a blue ribbon, representing my personal style, something feminine yet masculine at the same time. Lol.


Anyway after the registration we rushed ourselves to the very front seat. Without shame. Of course!. The halls was modestly decorated with Elevation backdrop, a grand piano, a keyboard, a sofa ( to be used as props I guess), and a mic and notes stand. I guess everyone were anxiously waiting for the event to start. I was quite surprised most of the guests were local celebrities, singers, musicians, you know the mover and shakers of Malaysia music industry , the royalties and of course the most important of all, the loyal fans of Anggun from different walks of life and ages(mostly those who attended were people in their 20s and above).Since the venue is in Hotel Istana. The invitations are by RSVP and limited to 200 external guests only.


Honestly everyone was nervous to see Anggun. Moment later, the lights were dimmed, and Anggun video career path achievements were played. As a fan, I was delighted when I saw some of the very rare video clippins, especially the rosie o Donald part where Rosie interviewed her and asked her about her feelings off her debut album and a short footage of her snow on sahara performance in America, other than session of the west clip. She look stunning!, Thank god, they included her performance footage at the world music awards 2008 performing ‘no stress’. I guess, by then, everyone who does not aware of her must fainted of her modest achievement. Ha ha ha. I was smiling from ear to ear. Im so proud of her sucess, and to be able to prove to other people that Anggun is a very successful Asian singer for real by them, watching the montage was so satisfying.


Soon as the montage ended. Adi a radio DJ from Era fm, (the second largest most popular malay radio station to date) appear on stage. Giving his introduction on Anggun and acknowledge the royal guests. He look so nervous, few times he got tongue twisted.He acknowledge some of the guest which includes, Amy search, Adi asked Amy what he like about Anggun, and Amy search replied that he admire her unique vocal. Later on he invited Imran Ajmain on stage as an opening act. Imran Ajmain is a Singaporean male singer who are famous in Malaysia and Singapore for his ballad songs. He has a good singing voice.Imran look nervous as hell aswell. He admitted that Anggun is one of his favourite singer. It tooks a while for him to calm his nervous down, then he open the night with his hit song, ‘Selamat Ulang Tahun’. He then performed Anggun’s ‘On the breath of an Angel’ with his own personal style. Since he is a true performer, he doesn’t imitate Anggun style at all. He made it his own. Everyone seem to enjoy his version but of course, there can be only one Anggun.


After that, Adi invited another opening act, this time it was Nurul. Wearing a black jacket with black leggings and heels. Eventough it was a fabulous outfit, it doesn’t compliment well with her body shape. I mean, with a huge thigh like that, its best to cover it not show it. Opps. Anyway Nurul surprised me with her vocal delivery on Anggun’s Kembali. She didnt imitate Anggun's style, but make deliver it in her own way.


Soon as Nurul finised her performance she Introduce Anggun to the stage, reminding everyone how she admire Anggun’s down to earth personality. Anggun appear on stage, looking vibrant in white. I believe the dress was made by a local designer. The fabrique doesn’t look glamourous. It was a kabuki short dress. Something’s not right with that dress. But the heel was drop dead gorgeous. A shimmering glittery ‘diamonds’ stoneslike heel.Her dark healthy hair her glowing skins. She look simply stunning, as usual.LOL. She warmth the room with her effectious smiles and greet everyone with “assalamualaikum…Apa khabar….” People just ADORE her!


She started her performance with songs ‘Yang Aku Tunggu’. The camera people were busy taking shots of her. Since the royalties were in front. The guest didn’t come forward to the stage to take closer shots of Anggun. But the sides of official photographers were actually quite disturbing. She teases the audience with her humorous jokes spontenously, It made people forget the superstar side of her. Later she performed the haunting ‘snow on the sahara’ sending shivers to the audience with her captivating vocals. The musican who backed her that night was the talented and handsome Edrie Hashim, and Rosario on the keyboard and piano. Soon as Snow On Sahara ended she talks again, complimenting her dress and her shoe. Catwalking on the stage, smiling and laughing mimicking the supermodel, the audience laugh with her spontaneous warm personality. She then apologise because talking too much. Hehe and tease mr Rosario to sit at the lonely sofa. Rosario hesitate at first, not knowing what to do, Anggun tease him again, then he obliged. Soon as he sit. She performed ‘Jadi Milikmu’ with a shyful Mr Rosario and the sofa as her props. The audience enjoyed her performance and so does Mr Rosario. If hes married, maybe his wife will forgive him for being cheeky2 with Anggun.


Then, Mr Rosario moved to the grand piano and start hitting the notes for ‘Berganti Hati’. Anggun mood changed to the song mood and the audience listen attentively to her vocals, delivering ‘Berganti Hati’ notes by notes till end. When the song ended, she invited Imran Ajmain and Nurul on stage to perform with her. Nurul, again complimenting Anggun personality and charm I guess Anggun mustve blushed herself with the non stopping compliment, but the more people compliment her, she gets more down to earth and thanking the compliment in a modest way. Before they started singing, Nurul tells the audience how much she liked the lyric of the song, she praises the lyricst and then ask Anggun who wrote the song, and Anggun answer slowly coyly…”sayalah…” It surprised Nurul even futher, and then she started complimenting Anggun again. Lol.


Then they performed the song ‘Mantra’, giving life to the song in their own unique vocal, complimenting each other vocals without overshadowing each other. I notice in everytime Anggun perform with other singer she always compliment their vocals and does not drown their vocals with her vocals, regardless the performer is a superstars or just a reality tv contestants. As soon as the song ended, They call it an end The audience didn’t bug a big, shouting we want more, hungry for an encore. Unfortunately that was it. It was the end of the night and Anggun and the two singers leave the stage.


I was worried that I couldn’t pass the gift to Anggun. By hook the gift must reach Anggun’s hand only. So without thinking twice I run to the backstage, Edrie was there, so I asked politely where Anggun is. Edrie said Anggun and others has rushed to the side doors, so we rushed to catch up. Fortunately I saw Anggun in an elevator with her entourage from heben music and metadome. The elevator’s door was almost closing but I manage to slip my hands and reach out the gift to Anggun smilingly and shouting Thank you at the same time. She smiles and say thank you. And the elevator’s door then closed.


Well, I thank god for making an easy ways for me to make it. Maybe in Anggun next visits,my access will be much easier and closer.Maybe at that time, I will get all my Anggun CDs signed by her in person. As I always like to put it, “jika kita punya mimpi, kita harus pergi kepadanya” …


Observation and Trivia:-


1. Anggun has finally embraced the fact that fashion and music works together. During her 7 days promo visit, Anggun is seen wearing a different outfit for every tv shows and interview. She successfully does not repeat her outfit twice. Thank god!

2. ‘Elevation’ Promo visit is the most successful and most well covered compared to other album promotion activities. She visited various TV and radio stations from the most popular(satellite and free tv) to the most national(RTM).She also performed during a slot in high ratings Reality TV contest Akademi Fantasia concert on Saturday.

3. On Friday, 27th March 2009, ‘Jadi Milikmu’ Hit #1 on Carta Era 30 at EraFm. A local chart on one of the most popular mainstream radio comprising both local and international songs. Congratulations. The single than remain on the chart for severals weeks in severals positions.

4. In severals interview, Anggun said that most probably she will return again to do a full concert next year IF the local promoter here interested to invite her and able to organize the concert.

5. Anggun might be opening up possibilities in accepting film roles if she is interested with role. In one of the interview, she disclose that she might consider accepting a bond girl role if the Daniel Craig is Bond. So film producers outthere, keep the offers coming! hehee.

6. Although there are many radio stations in Malaysia. Anggun get most airplay at Era.fm. Unfortunately her songs doesnt get airplay elsewhere, and until now none of her english songs in 'Elevation' receives airplay on english format stations.

Note: Don’t forget to watch Anggun radio/Tv interview at EraTV this Thursday, 2nd April, 1030pm and Anggun performance at AF week 3 concert during repeat session along this week.

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3 Comments:

Blogger mel. said...

hey there.
wow, u must have been very gladly that u managed to passed her the gift. cool man!

she was absolutely stunning but too bad there's no meet and greet after the showcase.

April 1, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Milo Skilos said...

yep.no meet n greet. maybe next time we allgonna have a better luck. :)

April 1, 2009 at 10:39 PM  
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