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Amal Kara

28 Apr

Susunan Rahayu Mohd Salleh
ayu@nstp.com.my


JATUH bangun dalam industri muzik sudah lumrah bagi Kara DioGuardi, 38, malah kehadirannya sebagai juri keempat rancangan televisyen popular, American Idol, turut mengundang pelbagai persepsi.

JATUH bangun dalam industri muzik sudah lumrah bagi Kara DioGuardi, 38, malah kehadirannya sebagai juri keempat rancangan televisyen popular, American Idol, turut mengundang pelbagai persepsi.

Ada yang menganggap kehadirannya sesuatu yang agak menarik, tetapi tidak kurang yang melemparkan kritikan. Namun segalanya kritikan dan pengalaman hidup lalu dianggap sesuatu yang hanya lebih mematangkan dirinya.

Penggubah lagu yang digabungkan dengan tiga juri veteran lain dalam rancangan American Idol ini, turut menyifatkan kejayaan dikecapinya kini bukanlah hasil dirinya seorang lantas biar sesibuk mana jadual sehariannya, dia cuba meluangkan waktu untuk melakukan sesuatu yang dianggap penting kini.

“Pandangan saya mengenai apa yang menjadi keutamaan kini memang berbeza sejak 10 tahun lalu. Saya ingin melakukan sesuatu untuk masyarakat kerana saya fikir saya seorang yang bernasib baik.

 

 

“Saya bekerja keras selama ini, tetapi pada masa sama, mereka yakin dengan kebolehan dan membantu saya hingga berjaya menempatkan diri pada kedudukan kini. Justeru, saya fikir harus melakukan sesuatu pula untuk membantu golongan yang memerlukan dalam industri ini,” katanya.

Menganggap muzik sebagai terapi, Kara membantu ramai penyanyi popular dalam melonjakkan karier masing-masing, antaranya Faith Hill, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Jewel dan Carrie Underwood.

Sebagai sebahagian daripada kerja amalnya, beberapa tahun lalu dia membantu menubuhkan studio rakaman untuk kegunaan remaja memerlukan di Phoenix House, Los Angeles. Bukan hanya memperuntukkan sejumlah wang, dia turut meluangkan waktu pada hujung minggu untuk memberi tunjuk ajar diperlukan remaja terbabit.

“Ramai yang berbakat yang ingin saya bantu, tetapi tidak semua dapat saya tolong,” katanya yang turut mengambil peluang memberi bimbingan secara individu peserta yang tersingkir dalam program American Idol itu.

Dia akui bersikap terbuka dengan apa saja pandangan orang lain mengenai hasil kerjanya. Baru-baru ini pula, dia juga agak terbuka mengenai kisah lampau dirinya yang mengalami masalah pemakanan.

“Saya tak pernah bercakap mengenainya, tetapi ketika itu, daripada menangani masalah emosi berkenaan, saya cuba melupakannya dengan makanan,” katanya yang mengakui masalah itu berlaku ketika dia masih muda namun berjaya pulih menerusi rawatan.

Ketika menghadapi masalah pemakanan itu, menurutnya, dia tidak memaksa dirinya untuk lapar atau memuntahkan makanan yang dimakannya.

“Ketika saya mula terbabit dalam bidang muzik dan sedar melakukan perkara yang sangat digemari, saya tidak menghadapi masalah itu lagi,” katanya.

Tekanan berada di kalangan golongan yang popular masih dirasainya terutama berada dalam kelompok American Idol, namun dia juga akui sudah mampu mengatasi keadaan sedemikian.

“Saya menjadikannya satu komitmen dalam hidup untuk berhadapan rasa bimbang dan jika takutkan sesuatu, saya pastikan akan melakukannya,” katanya.

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Kata XX: Lima Album Muzik Yang Paling Disukai Dan Mempunyai Makna Tersendiri Bagi Yuna

18 Apr

Oleh Diyanah Anuar
diyanah@bharian.com.my

Yuna

Lima album muzik yang paling disukai dan mempunyai makna tersendiri bagi penyanyi berbakat, Yunalis Zarai (Yuna).

1) Album trio adik-beradik, KRU, berjudul reKRUed adalah kaset pertama yang saya beli sendiri. Kalau tak silap ketika itu tahun 1993 dan saya berusia tujuh tahun. Kumpulan KRU sangat popular ketika itu dan kebanyakan sepupu mempunyai album berkenaan jadi saya juga mahu memilikinya juga lalu saya kumpul wang dan terus membelinya. Semua lagu yang terkandung dalam album berkenaan begitu bagus dari segi lirik serta melodinya, lebih-lebih lagi lagu Mengerti dan Janji Tinggal Janji. Sampai sekarang pun tidak jemu mendengarnya.

2) Album dari kumpulan Coldplay, Parachute juga antara yang paling memberi kesan kepada diri saya. Lagu berjudul Yellow antara yang hit dari album ini. Pertama kali mendengar keseluruhan album Parachute, saya terus terfikir yang saya ingin bawakan muzik rock yang menenangkan (soothing rock) seperti yang Coldplay bawa jika ingin menghasilkan album sendiri nanti.

3) Kelainan kumpulan No Doubt yang menampilkan wanita sebagai vokalis utamanya iaitu Gwen Stefani berjaya menarik minat saya untuk mendapatkan album ketiga mereka, Tragic Kingdom ketika di darjah tiga atau empat. Saya mula minat dengan lagu rock menerusi album ini dan pada saya, kumpulan ini begitu asli dalam berkarya dan genre ska dan punk yang mereka tampilkan mampu menarik perhatian ramai, termasuklah budak seusia saya yang masih bersekolah rendah.

4) Perkara pertama yang membuatkan saya kagum dengan penyanyi Alanis Morissette adalah kehebatan beliau menyanyi dan menggubah muziknya sendiri selain memiliki suara yang sangat unik. Beliau mempunyai cara yang tersendiri dan selalu menjadi inspirasi saya. Album Morissette yang menjadi pilihan saya pula adalah Jagged Little Pill.

5) Satu lagi album daripada penyanyi wanita yang saya minati, iaitu Lauryn Hill. Album Miseducation of Lauryn Hill menjadi album berentak hip hop dan RnB yang saya beli ketika di bangku sekolah. Hill bukan saja boleh menyanyi, beliau juga handal dalam rap. Tidak hairanlah album ini memenangi gelaran Album of The Year dalam Anugerah Grammy 1999. Setiap hari saya akan mainkan album ini, kalau tidak di rumah, dalam kereta pun saya pasti mainkan.

Berita Harian

Kostum Gwen Berbahaya

13 Feb


GWEN STEFANI

GWEN STEFANI kini merupakan salah seorang ikon fesyen global, selepas jenama pakaian rekaannya, L.A.M.B, menghasilkan pendapatan bernilai puluhan juta ringgit. Namun, laporan terbaru menyebut rekaan terbaru satu lagi jenama Stefani iaitu Harajuku Lovers bagi kanak-kanak telah ditarik semula dari pasaran Amerika Syarikat selepas ia dikhuatiri boleh membunuh kanak-kanak.

Pakaian dari jenis jaket yang dijual dengan harga AS$75 (RM263) sehelai itu dikatakan boleh menyebabkan kanak-kanak tercekik pada bahagian leher, biarpun belum ada laporan mengenai kecederaan yang dialami kanak-kanak kerana memakai jaket tersebut.

“Jaket itu terpaksa ditarik semula dari pasaran kerana ia boleh mendatang bahaya kepada kanak-kanak,” ujar sumber kepada Contactmusic.

Stefani bagaimanapun belum membuat kenyataan mengenai perkara itu.

Kosmo

Go Gaga Over Gaga

8 Jan

SINGAPORE : It’s official: 2009 is expected to be the year of the Gaga. Lady Gaga, that is. The 22-year-old New Yorker has been tipped to be the Next Big Thing – and why not?

With shows that are as theatrical as Madonna’s, as fashion fun as Gwen Stefani’s, music as catchy as Kylie’s, and an attitude that’s as in-your-face as Courtney Love’s, it’s no wonder that the world seems to be going gaga over Lady Gaga.

She’s scored a nomination at this year’s Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording (for her hit single, “Just Dance”), she’s been dubbed “the future of pop music”, and she’s on everyone’s list – from Q Magazine to The Daily Telegraph – as the artiste to catch in 2009.

But Lady Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – didn’t just stumble onto success overnight. In fact, she spent two years toiling away behind the scenes, penning tracks for the Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block, before being signed by hip-hop star Akon and releasing her debut album “The Fame” last year, which shot to No 1 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart.

Channel News Asia

10 Tahun Penuh Cemerlang

20 Dec

Susunan Zaidi Mohamad
zaidim@bharian.com.my

CHRISTINA Aguilera sedang bahagia melalui fasa perkahwinan dan kerjaya yang semakin stabil.

Christina Aguilera tampil dengan album kompilasi khas buat peminat

TANGGAL 18 Disember ini genaplah 28 tahun usia penyanyi dan penulis lagu kelahiran kota New York, Christina Aguilera. Pertambahan usianya seiring dengan kejayaan yang dikecapinya dari setahun ke setahun.

Sejak awal pembabitannya menyertai pertandingan dan persembahan nyanyian serta bakat, Aguilera pernah mendapat jolokan ‘gadis kecil dengan suara yang besar’. Bayangkan ketika berusia 10 tahun, vokal Aguilera seakan gadis berusia 20 tahun.

Kemuncak kehadiran dan terserlah bakatnya ketika 1993 apabila mendapat peranan besar dalam saluran Disney menerusi rancangan The New Mickey Mouse Club di sisi nama besar yang kini juga sedang meledak seperti Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling dan ramai lagi.

Penyanyi yang turut mendedikasikan hidupnya dengan kerja amal, hak asasi manusia dan isu dunia ini mula menempa nama dengan kehadiran album sulung menggunakan namanya sendiri pada 24 Ogos 1999. Album itu memanjat carta Billboard dan terjual dengan begitu sukses di seluruh dunia.

Lagu Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants dan Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) memperkenalkan nama Aguilera dengan pantas.

Selepas muncul dengan beberapa siri album seperti Christina Aguilera (199), Stripped (2002) dan Back To Basics (2006), kini peminat Aguilera boleh mengabadikan kompilasi bersempena dengan sedekad pembabitannya di dalam bidang seni.

Dilancarkan RCA Records dan diedarkan Sony BMG Music, album kompilasi, Keeps Gettin Better – A Decade Of Hits bakal mengubat rindunya sebelum muncul dengan album seterusnya yang ditafsirkan Aguilera sebagai ringkas, manis dan ternyata berbeza daripada album Back To Basics.

“Tak sangka sudah 10 tahun saya berada di dalam industri dan sangat teruja dengan kehadiran satu album kompilasi yang mempunyai koleksi lagu kegemaran saya sebagai hadiah buat peminat setia saya. Ia satu fasa peralihan saya daripada satu peringkat ke peringkat yang lebih baik.

“Apa yang boleh saya cakapkan rakaman album terbaru menjelang 2009 nanti sangat menyeronokkan kerana saya lebih terarah merujuk kepada seni pop, seni Andy Warhol. Album ini secara visual mempunyai pelbagai warna dan akan ada sebuah lagu yang menerapkan elemen moden simbolik terhadap cinta saya kepada Tokyo,” katanya.

Rasa indah bergelar ibu

MENGINTAI kisah peribadi, bahagia sedang erat mendakap rumah tangganya bersama eksekutif pemasaran muzik, Jordan Bratman. Mula berpacaran pada 2002, pertunangan mereka diumumkan Februari 2005 dan berkahwin pada tahun yang sama pada 19 November di estet Napa Valley.

Hakikatnya, sebelum bahagia berkunjung, Aguilera sering gagal di dalam percintaan dengan beberapa orang lelaki yang digosipkan dengannya seperti VJ MTV, Carson Daly dan penari Jorge Santos.

Awal tahun ini pada 12 Januari 2008, rona bahagia Aguilera dan suaminya bertambah seri dengan kehadiran anak sulung mereka bernama Max Liron Bratman. Anaknya dilahirkan di Pusat Perubatan Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, California.

Kelahiran anaknya ini juga menarik minat majalah People untuk mendapat hak eksklusif menyiarkan gambarnya di dalam majalah itu. Difahamkan juga menurut laporan Forbes, hak penyiaran gambar anak Aguilera berada di tempat kelima yang termahal diberikan kepada sesebuah penerbitan di kalangan selebriti Hollywood.

“Dalam satu temu bual yang dijalankan oleh Ellen DeGeneres, Aguilera dan suaminya sentiasa mencari sesuatu atau perkara yang boleh menghangatkan lagi rumah tangga.

“Kekalkan dan hidupkan alam perkahwinan dan rumah tangga dengan apa cara yang kita rasa mampu membuatkan suasana terus intim dan panas.

“Mengenai anak, saya bahagia melihat dia membesar setiap hari kerana ada saja perkara baru yang dipelajarinya. Saya dan suami gembira melihat dia bersungguh-sungguh memulakan langkah pertama sebelum boleh berjalan. Saya tidak mahu terlepas peluang menyaksikan semua itu. Sekarang baru saya sedar perasaan bergelar ibu sangat indah,” katanya lagi.

Profil Christina Aguilera

Nama sebenar: Christina Maria Aguilera

Tarikh lahir: 18 Disember 1980

Tempat lahir: Staten Island, New York, Amerika Syarikat

Suami: Jordan Bratman

Anak: Max Liron Bratman

Laman web: http://www.christinaaguilera.com.

Lagu popular: Hurt, Beautiful, Ain’t No Other Man, Candyman, Genie In A Bottle, Fighter, Can’t Hold Us Down

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Pernah menyanyikan lagu runut bunyi berjudul Reflection untuk filem Mula pada tahun 1998

Sebelum muncul dengan album kedua berjudul Stripped pada 2002, Christina Aguilera terlebih dulu merakamkan album Sepanyol diberi judul Mi Refleja dan dilancarkan pada 12 September 2000. Album ini melayakkan Aguilera memenangi Vokal Wanita Terbaik di Anugerah Grammy Latin pada 2001. Album yang sama juga turut menang di dalam anugerah World Music Awards.

Pada 2000 juga, Aguilera melancarkan album Christmas berjudul My Kind Of Christmas.

Penyanyi kacak, Ricky Martin pernah mengajak Aguilera berduet menerusi lagu Nobody Wants To Be Lonely yang dimuatkan di dalam album Ricky, Sound Loaded dipasarkan 2001.

Berkolaborasi dengan Lil’Kim, Mya dan Pink untuk lagu runut bunyi berjudul Lady Marmalade untuk filem Moulin Rouge pada 2001. Lagu itu diterbitkan Missy Elliot dan mencatat sejarah menjadi lagu single yang paling kerap dimainkan sepanjang tahun.

Album Back To Basics menampilkan transformasi imej Aguilera yang cukup ketara berbanding album terdahulu yang lebih bersikap provokatif dan seksi. Menggayakan potongan rambut perang dan pendek persis gaya Marilyn Monroe, Aguilera mengembalikan gaya glamor Hollywood sekitar tahun 1920 hingga 1940. Selain Aguilera, selebriti popular Hollywood seperti Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani dan Ashley Judd pernah melakukan perkara yang sama.

Pernah mengadakan konsert jelajah dengan Justin Timberlake dipanggil Justified & Stripped Tour.

Mei 2006, Aguilera memberanikan diri pos berbogel berinspirasikan Marilyn Monroe untuk majalah GQ.

Berita Harian

EDITORIAL: The Show Goes On

25 Aug

SO it appears the Avril Lavigne concert scheduled for Aug 29 will proceed as planned, with the earlier uncertainty now attributed to a procedural snafu and not any prospective capitulation to those who think the pop star is “too sexy” for Malaysian sensibilities, or that such a performance would not be appropriate for the country’s Merdeka Day observances this year.

Not at all, it turns out; it was all merely because the organisers’ application for a permit was submitted too late for consideration by the relevant authorities at their regularly scheduled meetings to consider such applications. It’s unfortunate that this could not have been made clear at least a week ago, or before this snippet of entertainment news made headlines all over the world in further emphasis of Malaysia’s quaint conservatism when it comes to contemporary pop culture. The Western media gleefully lap up stuff like this; it emphasises the great divide between their enlightened liberal civilisations and, well, ours.

Some have called for forestalling such embarrassments in future by issuing guidelines for foreign artistes performing here, but of course, such guidelines have existed for years. Besides, the several similar controversies undergone in the past have seen to it that Malaysia’s code of conduct for such performances (no skimpy attire or sexual allusions; no screaming, running, jumping, etc) is practically common knowledge worldwide. Ever since Cliff Richard, that epitome of wholesomeness, had to overfly Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s because his hair was too long, right up till the more recent instances of Beyonce Knowles and Christina Aguilera opting to perform in neighbouring countries rather than abide by such strictures, Malaysia’s rules have become all too familiar among artistes and concert promoters worldwide. Still, Gwen Stefani had no problem “covering up” for her KL gig last year; her black spandex body suit and elbow-length gloves indeed showed no bare flesh, with no deleterious effect on the quality of her performance.

Really, there’s no reason for these distresses. Let the shows go on; if they are then marred by overspills of unwarranted exuberance, as happened with the Pussycat Dolls’ wardrobe malfunctions at their concert here last March, they (or more precisely, their promoters) literally pay the price in fines, and in so doing further establish awareness of the limits applied in this country. It took a cabinet decision to allow Lavigne to come here to perform as scheduled, when all it should have taken was a bit of common sense and attention to set procedures.

New Straits Times

NewsFocus: Singing A Different Tune

10 Aug

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Malaysia risks losing out on big-name entertainers if officials continue to give in to the whims of minority groups, industry sources tell AUDREY VIJAINDREN

Inul Daratista is yet another big name crossed off as the list of foreign acts skipping our shores grows longer.
Inul Daratista is yet another big name crossed off as the list of foreign acts skipping our shores grows longer.

ELVIS the Pelvis made rock ‘n roll famous because he had the world all shook up. Entertainer Datuk M. Daud Kilau brought it to our dance floor and turned it into a craze.

Yet Indonesian performer Inul Daratista, who gets her audience excited with similar gyrations, had her scheduled concert in Kuala Lumpur cancelled.

The official excuse for scrubbing the concert was because of “security”. But most liberal-minded Malaysians knew that was bull.

It was more due to pressure from the so-called moral guardians of society than pressure from terror groups.

Dangdut queen Inul’s spiralling hip actions became a hot topic last month, when her “drilling” stirred strong emotions among religious bigots and forced City Hall’s hands into cancelling her much anticipated concert.

This came as a shock to organisers IMS Prima, who made sure they adhered to Malaysia’s strict performance guidelines.

“When we got the green light to bring Inul here, we were told that it would be smooth sailing as long as she didn’t have her back to the audience or expose ‘sexy body parts’,” said IMS managing director Nasir Abu Bakar.

“And since she has been performing in Malaysia many times since 2005, we didn’t expect any obstacle.”

But just days before Inul was to take the stage, the organisers were told that the show could not go ahead.

“After signing a contract for RM35,000 with Inul’s management and forking out another RM100,000 for publicity, we were told that it is a ‘no go’.

“Although we got the approval of Agensi Pusat Permohonan Penggambaran Filem dan Persembahan Artis Luar Negara (Puspal) to bring Inul in as a foreign act, the local council and police didn’t think it would be ‘safe’ for the concert to be held.”

Puspal, a committee under the Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry, co-ordinates and approves applications for filming and performance by foreign artistes.

“They said foreign artistes such as Inul were able to perform previously because the scenario in the country was different. But what is the difference? It is an entertainment event, not a political protest,” said Nasir.

“Since she last performed here, Inul hasn’t changed. Our authorities have.

“Are they going to ban Avril Lavigne next? Will Shakira’s hip-shaking be a problem one day? Where do you draw the line?”

Nasir said besides targeting a profit, IMS Prima had hoped the concert would foster better ties between Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Our target audience was Indonesian workers in the country. But we were told too many foreigners in one place could pose a security risk.

“But isn’t every event a risk, even football and cricket matches? That’s why we have police personnel at concerts, to maintain security and order.”

Another burning question on his mind was why the ministry could not overrule the local council.

“Puspal didn’t even give Inul a chance to meet them. Instead they listened to a few people and let the local council and police decide on the matter. So what is the purpose of the ministry?

“In Malaysia, each party does as it pleases. There is no standard rule or logical discussion,” said Nasir.

Religious minority groups, he said, would always find something to protest against.

“I understand there will be political parties that are unhappy with certain events. I don’t blame them. That is their view.

“But if government officials are not firm and keep giving in to protesters, demonstrations will soon be the order of the day.”

Nasir feared that news would get around that Malaysia had too much restrictions and red tape for performers.

“We are going to lose out on watching a lot of good acts. Performers would rather fly to Singapore and Bangkok and even Jakarta because there is less hassle.”

Last November, R&B singer Beyonce Knowles bypassed Malaysia and took her act to Jakarta after being told her costumes and dance routines were “too suggestive”.

The organisers, Pineapple Concerts, said although Malaysia had acceptable performance guidelines, its implementation is inconsistent.

“Some entertainers are allowed to perform while others are denied a permit. The final decision is often based on the opinions of a small group of people.

“Such baseless and drastic actions will surely jeopardise our music and tourism industry,” said Pineapple chairman Razlan Ahmad Razali.

He claimed that decision makers were those who sat behind a desk with neither any musical experience or exposure.

“The team that hands out permits should have at least one member who is well versed with the global music scene.

“We are not inviting ‘stripper type’ performers. Singers like Beyonce are fashion icons. They will not strip down to their underwear.”

Razlan said stage rules and instructions to the artistes should be reasonable.

“We were asked to guarantee that Beyonce would adhere to the dress code and stand still while singing. What type of performance would that be?

“In the end, we can only tell the performers what to do, but we can’t guarantee what they might do.

“If they break the rules, what do the authorities expect of us? Should we switch off the power while they are performing? Run up on stage and put a scarf on them? It is so silly.”

However, not everyone in the industry has issues with the guidelines.

Industry veteran Freddy Fernandez said he had not faced any problem with officials.

“The rules for local and foreign acts are the same. If local artistes perform improperly, they would get into trouble, too,” said Fernandez.

“Artistes who are scantily clad and have ‘suggestive’ movements are asked to clean up their act. But local performers know their limits as they know the local culture.”

Fernandez, who has been in the industry for 30 years, said everyone has to deal with the guidelines.

“At one time, authorities frowned upon rock music. I remember a performer’s long hair being cut on live television.

“Today, ‘being too sexy’ is taboo. Rock music is in, but sexy is out. Next year, that might change. Whatever it is, we just have to deal with it.”

Fernandez, who is president of Persatuan Karyawan, said giving in to demonstrators could lead to more protests.

“In the long run, it gives Malaysia a bad rap. It suggests that we don’t have freedom of expression.

“If officials assert themselves, protesters will back off. Was giving in to them the best option? That is left to be questioned.”

City Hall director of licensing Saringat Adnan explains

What is the code of ethics for performers in Kuala Lumpur?

A: There are eight rules for artistes who want to perform here, viz

> No jumping, screaming and throwing items to audiences or vice versa;

> No dance moves or using words that have sexual connotations, including kissing audiences or any similar act.

> Don’t act or say things that are meant to single out any community or religion, which may affect the political stand and stability of the country;

> Don’t perform without clothes or remove clothes, be it shirts or pants;

> Female performers have to cover up from the chest to below the knees. Male artistes have to cover up from chest to knees. They have to look neat and clean throughout the performance.

> Performance has to be clean and should not have vulgar, dirty or crude stories, lyrics and any language against Malaysian values, law and the Rukun Negara;

> Every show or performance has to adhere to the date and place, as stated in the licence;

> Promoters and licence holders have to give priority to the safety of its audience and general surroundings, at all times.

Why was Inul Daratista not allowed to perform last month?

A: City Hall didn’t approve her application for an entertainment licence due to security reasons.

Would other similar protests force City Hall to cancel future concerts?

A: We will take into account the criteria as stated in the approval of the licence. If there is a valid objection and we believe the performance would bring discomfort to the public, we will disallow the performance.

PUSPAL’s DOS AND DON’TS FOR FOREIGN ARTISTES

> Don’t display improper and indecent behaviour.

> Don’t perform in an obscene manner.

> Don’t do or say things that may touch on religious, racial and cultural sensitivities of the communities in Malaysia.

> Dress appropriately accord
ing to the type of performance and congruent with Malaysian culture.

> Don’t join the audiences at any time; performances confined to the stage of the premises.

> Performances that involve the promotion of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, either directly or indirectly, are not allowed.

Foreign artistes who braved it

> In August last year, Grammy award winner Gwen Stefani (above) performed in Kuala Lumpur after enduring a storm of protests from various religious groups who called for her concert to be cancelled because of her revealing costumes.

> In April this year, Canadian Celine Dion (below right) took her chances by performing at Merdeka Stadium. She came on stage in a glittering short dress and a pair of knee-length black boots.

> Decked in a midriff-baring glittery top, a pair of silvery pants and a matching trench coat, Whitney Houston (below left) performed in the Live & Loud 07 series at the Bukit Kiara Equesterian Centre last December.

> Mariah Carey, whose fondness for miniskirts is common knowledge, was not spared and had to adopt a more conservative dress when she performed in Kuala Lumpur in 2004.

 

New Straits Times