DATO' SITI NURHALIZA LIVE IN SINGAPORE
Malaysian singer Siti Nurhaliza's concert last Saturday shows why she is still one of the marquee names in the regional Malay music industry close to two decades since she made her debut in the music business.
The 35-year-old is one star who truly reaches out to her fans.
At her first major solo concert in Singapore in six years, the singer with the soaring, mellifluous voice went down into the crowd no fewer than four times.
Her rendition of one of her signature tunes, Cindai, was performed almost entirely in the middle of the audience, who created a near ruckus as many of them literally ran from their seats to get close to their idol.
Siti gamely posed for countless selfies with fans while singing among them, despite security staff's best efforts to prevent fans from taking pictures or recording the show on their mobile phones.
At one point, she even went to a wheelchair-bound fan to hand her flowers and chocolates and to thank her for attending the show.
Her two-hour performance, preceded by local newcomer Farisha Ishak's brief opening set, was clearly designed for the fans in Singapore.
As she promised in a recent interview with Life!, a whole segment of the show was dedicated to her favourite tunes from veteran Singapore acts.
She told the crowd how she grew up listening to Singaporean singer Rahimah Rahim, seated in the front row, next to another local singing legend, Nona Asiah.