Tell us about Angin
I waited four years for Angin to be staged, next year when it will be finally staged at DPAC, will be the fifth. It was worth the wait.
The story was not ready. Heck, back then, even the angin Song was no where, out of sight. Not even conceived. I never thought about making Angin song, because I was busily thinking of arranging my own songs.
Angin is special because it marks the first co writting project I had with AG Coco. It was phenomenal. It was fun.
Would I have imagined it back then, four years back?
I may have the story. It was entitled Angin but it is nowhere more impactful than what I have in store in 2018. And back then, it doesn’t have the song yet. The song, I believe, was the secret ingredient the universe was giving to me. I couldn’t rush it, all I could do was have a bit more faith and let time reveals everything in its due course.
I won the Asia Pacific Cup when I was 21.
Winning that gave me a new sense of purpose. Hope.
Good, unexpected and extraordinary things could happen. Second, I want to continue my life not on stages or from a pulpit, but living it, as from the books. The heroes, struggles and all. I want to be inspired to live it, everyday of my life. A purposeful life.
And what is that?
To be a leader. In Islamic teachings, it is said Allah swt said that every human being is a khalifah. In our lingo, it means ketua.
Winning that gave me that spark of realisation that I could be one, a khalifah, of my own self. A leader of my own self. My own life. Of my own destinty.
It was powerful. It’s still is now.
That also means to pay heed to my own calling, whatever it is. I mean, I had to dug deep inside of me too you know. By 21, I myself wouldn’t have guessed I’d be a managemement consultant hired by a top firm to work on the biggest project in Asia Pacific in IT of its kind at the time. Would I know that I would also be hired as a manager by agencies belonging to the biggest group in the world in PR, Ad and Marketing? No idea at all. What? True. There were no straight lines at all. I got hauled into a ditch, sprained my ankle, only to jump into a sinking quicksand. Looking back, I can smile at it all, heck, laugh at it all.
I was fired or let go or as they say it ‘we part mutually’ with soo many employers than anyone I ever knew, perhaps save Barbara Corcoran, which she shared this bit of info herself ( you can find her in Sharks show), which I find inspiring and freeing. All in good faith. For learning’s sake.
But one thing I did had more than an inkling was my love for music. My music in particular. I’ve wanted to sing. Sing my own brand of songs. And I didn’t have any idea that I would meet Yuna’s producer and collaborator from her early days and cut a few singles of my own. I wouldn’t have dared plan such things.
But for every breath and step I took, I tried to do it bravely. I guess, you could say, the heart brings me here. Of all the things that’s happening, I am most thankful for these spectacular turn of events that made my musical dreams a reality. For a boy, whose parent split when he was one month’s old, with no one to tell me to follow my dreams, to tell me that I can be anything I want to be, that’s something.
I am thankful very much for this.