Sheila’s going strong after 28 years

Sheila’s going strong after 28 years
For her concert here, Sheila Majid (far right) will sing her duet with Indonesian jazz singer Harvey Malaihollo.

SINGAPORE - What with her regular gigs, business ventures and four children, veteran jazz and R&B songbird Sheila Majid is one busy star.

But she will be the first to tell you that she is no superwoman.

"It's not easy, but I think time management is important. I don't like to leave things until tomorrow. I'm not a person who procrastinates. What I can do today I try to finish today because I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow," she says in a telephone interview from Kuala Lumpur.

The 48-year-old also credits the people around her for helping her get through each day.

"I have a lot of support system. I have my management, I have my maids at home, I delegate a lot, lah. I'm only human."

She will be back in Singapore to perform with Indonesian singer Harvey Malaihollo at the Esplanade Concert Hall, having last sung here at the Celebrate 2013 New Year's Eve countdown show at the Marina Bay Floating Stage.

The gig is a follow-up to a similar, sold-out show the pair did at Kuala Lumpur's Dewan Filharmonik Petronas concert hall in October.

Both singers will do their own set of songs, as well as duet together.

"I've always known his music even before I became a professional singer. I'm definitely a fan of his," Sheila says of Malaihollo, 51, one Indonesia's best-known jazz singers.

The two have sung together at many multi-act concerts in Indonesia and Malaysia over the years, but their first collaboration was when they recorded a duet, Begitulah Cinta (That's Love), for Malaihollo's album of the same name released in 2000.

"We have never performed it live until last October at the Kuala Lumpur show. We're going to sing it again in Singapore, of course," says the consummate entertainer.

"I think the fans will be waiting for that one song, it's our one and only duet together. It would be great if the fans would sing along with us. After all, the song is already 13 years old."

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