Frankly, I don’t know what to expect at the concert last night. I guess the highlight on the featuring artists, bigger names such as Dato’ M.Nasir and Alyah followed by show performances by the special children and the senior citizen was one of the factor.
However, when I stepped into the auditorium last night, there was a different kind of crowd. Rows of seats were reserved or taken up by children from the orphanage house, children and officers from house for the disabled; community centres and ordinary citizens alike.
Konsert Kesenian Istimewa JKM – RTM 2014 – 22-02-2014
The opening was Namun Ku Punya Hati, a soprano saxophone rendition by Jari. In the stillness of the moment, Salzi Satim stood in the middle of the stage with another saxophone. So you see, you can’t blame me for being all teary eyed because I really fall for the gimmick!
I wasn't prepared to actually face the event that follows. As much as I enjoy live musical performances, it was not the same when you saw it live, by the special children. The first performer, Clarence Kang, an accomplished pianist is a special child with autism. But when he played Flight of the Bumblebee and Those Bygone Years with the RTM Orchestra, nothing in the world would differentiate him from any other musician. He wowed the audience with his flawless touches and I am sure many, including the VIP was in tears of amazement when he performed … or at least it was in my case. It was beautiful!
Salihin Pandita was up next with his Aduh Saliha song. The wheel-chaired singer is also a good swimmer and has been singing from the age of 7 years old. His macho voice filled the auditorium and the backup dancers sure evoked that desert romance feel with a bit of belly dancing moves.
He later sang with Alyah, another love song titled Muara Hati. If he knew that Alyah was holding her tears … J
There were also performances from the Wan Rul Puppet, ventriloquist twin brothers performing with the puppets, singing Stevie Wonder’s ‘I just call to say I love you’ and also an old song from P.Ramlee. The latter was joined by Madam Khatijah Mohd, a senior citizen from Cheras Community Centre, who sang a beautiful Saloma’s ‘Mengapa Dirindu’.
Other performers were Wazzabi, a teenage group with a dance sketch and the lovely Nur Ellysa who sang Hafiz’s ‘Ku Akui’. The event was also joined by performers from Beautiful Gates; dancers on wheel chair. ‘I, Me, Myself’ was the name of the dance sequence by Chung Hong Tsin, who’ve won many awards overseas for dance tournament for the wheel-chaired.
There were duets by Salzi Satim and Salihin Pandita for Mentera Semerah Padi, where Dato’ M. Nasir later joined and wowed the crowd. Dato’ M. Nasir himself expressed his amazement on how talented these people are.
The cutest performance of the night came from the Nasom Choir, consisted of children with autism. They were standing on the stage, waiting for the cue from Jari, who appeared from the audience’s aisle with the solo soprano. The song they were waiting to sing was Heal the World by Michael Jackson. While waiting anxiously, some of the kids were fidgeting and when Jari finally reached the stage, they were like all out and bursting with “Heal the world”! It was so cute to see how they watched the conductor and at the same time trying to be in sequence with each other’s voice. It was like watching any other kindergarten performances on graduation day.
I respected the patience shown by the conductor (and of course the whole ORTM). I salute to all the special performers of this concert. And above all, I thank God for giving me the chance, a timely eye opener to see the beautiful side in life.
Kudos to Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat for having such program to bring the talented special artists on air, and thank you RTM for lending the professional touches of the orchestra to make it such a memorable event.