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Received this piece of art from ArtPortraits. Baik per?? It does look like me, but maybe a little skinny than I actually am. Can I use this for the new album cover artwork? The moment I received this, I obsessively changed all the avatars in all my social media networks. Did I miss out anything?

My passion for technology news, and all things apps and gadgets, was paused for a second when I realized that such literature is hardly available in Malay. There’s Amanz.my but they don’t cover the stuff I like, for example, YouTube monetization tutorials for artistes (in Malay), or how to get onto Spotify (in Malay), and perhaps, how does free audio streaming really work, (in Malay)? So guess what I did?

Look out for THIS when it becomes a clickable link soon.

This footage used to be on Keek but ever since I took it down, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share this again. This video contains a snippet of “Hargailah Dia” (Treasure Her) from the upcoming “Setulus Kasih” album. Take a listen and share! Tell me what you think?

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If you are wondering why I am wearing all black at the beach, I was, literally, under the weather, hiding under the shade off the coast of South China Sea. 1 big night of seafood at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah a few days earlier didn’t go well with me, but I jumped out of bed and made my way through the zig-zag inner-roads of Johor to get to Mersing. I had NO IDEA that these was where the beautiful beach islands were all located, like Perhentian and Tioman. If I had done my Google Maps prior, I would have packed some sunblock, soak in some sun.
Alas, my visit was purely an educational one. My team and I were invited to speak about Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media, and we had done so in the capacity of the invitation extended to us via Kolej Komuniti department. If I was not mourning over my sensitive stomach, I would have dived into a fresh catch of prawns, in huge abundance, as the border of Johor-Kuantan is famous for. Next time, janji!

Thanks to the kind people at SMK Mersing, Johor.

There must a system that radio stations use that tags songs in its playlist to its YouTube videos, because more than 1 radio station tweets my song with the spelling similar to the way the first video that contained my song spelt it. It was a fan-made video recording of my first time singing “Dikalung Kasihan” on TV, and the uploader spelt it as seen in the tweet above. Even after the official video came out with all the spelling corrected, this recurring tweet remained with Red FM, and a few other stations too. My dear Lord knows how OCD I can get when people spell like this. Not the radio station’s fault, but the system is flawed!  Anyone knows how I can correct this?

It is my first time meeting singer, songwriter and writer, Dewi Lestari, and our chance meeting could have only happened because I took up the invitation speak at the Singapore Writers Festival’s Malay leg. I have listened to her songs, read 1 of her books which I had bought in Jakarta in 2008, and have watched one of the movies that she wrote, ‘Perahu Kertas’. But only upon having sat next to her, and listen to her speak about her craft, that I knew I’m a true fan. She spoke of her poetic influences and I wasn’t the least bit shy to admit the lack of appreciation towards poetry and spoken word in Singapore. When asked by the moderator, Oniatta Affendi, could music be a distraction when lyrics are poetry in itself; I said this – “On Indonesian television, on Hari Raya, on their Independence Day, at concerts, it is not unfamiliar to have a poetry recital on stage, true?” Dee, as she affectionately calls herself, nods. Afterwards, a kind soul in the audience asked if one requires to be powerful in the Malay language to be able to write lyrics, or can anyone with a flair for words get away with writing songs? I say, kind soul, because I was so confident to answer it as though she came purely to pick my brains.

I replied, “In Singapore, the artiste and the creative individual, be it, songwriter, composer, or arranger, is not identified as different people. It is known to all as one person. Therefore, it is the singer of the song who is seen as creative if the song enlightens you, artistic if the song touches you exactly where it intended to, and automatically too, the artiste is blamed for any errors in language. If the artiste is the songwriter is the composer is the storyteller, the flag that he bears is one that is carefully stitched, and any mistake you hear in the song is not intended. (Going off topic but remained cool to not look awkward, exhale!) Yes, you need to speak well, in order to write (a song) well.”

Dewi was asked if songwriting can be forced. She said “There are some producers who can sit down in the studio, on the piano and work on 2 songs a day, churning out hits for random artistes everytime they come and challenge them with an offer. But I can’t do that. It comes to me, at those unknowing, special times, in the shower, when I’m alone, and a line comes with its melody strikes me, like a lightning!” She took the words right out of my mouth, and there I was, with my mouth wide open, so amazed at her choice of words. Like a strike of lightning, too, I was made to understand this vast unexplored world of Malay-language literature in this short 1 hour forum about “effective songwriting through the decades” from Cikgu Yusnor Ef’s catalogue of 400 since 1947, and Dewi’s 2 song per year repertoire. It made me feel small and humble. At the closing, I sang lines from my own favourite song, “Hanya Menari”, and later in the day, Dewi had tweeted her fondness for my lyrics. The feeling is magical. Is that how some fans feel when I tweet to them? Heh.

Only because I read as a child, as a teenager, as a young man, that I know all the things I today and I write the way I do. Thanks for the inspiration, Dee!

Thank you to Firda, National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Writers Festival for having me!

I think I have spent too much time on social media, consuming and contributing on a daily basis and have come to a point where it is not exciting as before. I like routines. I wake up, check for missed messages and calls, check Twitter first, then browse through Instagram, skim through Facebook a bit while waiting for the unread messages to load, and the occasional Tumblr-ing. Oh ya, how can I forget? Even trying to see what’s up on Google+. How long can one do this? Just because you’re a fan of fried chicken, doesn’t mean you would eat it everyday right? Ok, some would, bad example. My point is that: As a social media enthusiast, the longer you’re online, the more you do, the more you have to do. The more you consume, the more you contribute. I even asked if it was a good idea to get off it, everyone says they could do without going online for 24 hours maximum. Can you? Erm, can I?

I have decided to blog again, like I did throughout the 90s and early 2000s where it was a joy to read and write online journals, and chronicle the daily doings and opinion to purposefully find a voice. At the Singapore Writers Festival, I was surrounded by readers and writers. I told Rauzan that “most of these talks start off really slow, and when it picks up and gets intense, it’s already finishing”. I was right. It just ended while we were right on course with the discussions. There must be a way for me to say more, to give more, to absorb and learn more at the same time. Botched writing deal, kiss my a**! I know what I can do.

Thanks to my fanclub, #imtiaz100, for encouraging me. They even remember that my old blog was called “Diari Seekor Kumbang” (Diary of a Bug). Oh, those days were fun. They call it long-reads now because everyone is on Twitter for short and quick rants. Twitter is just too quick. Facebook is just too crowded. But here, here on my own blog, is a sort of peaceful garden where you come only for me, only to see me, (how syiok sendiri that sounds). But it is via my blog too, let me remind you, that I did say too much at one time, and unintentionally offended some people with my idealistic opinions. You know what they say, the pen (or keyboard) is mightier than the sword! Not that I’m going to purposely ruffle some feathers, but if this is the only way to be heard, I will try not to be careless. I will tweet less, post less on Facebook, and write here more often. You will simply have to start paying attention.

Here we go. Digital decrease, self-help/self-upgrade/spiritual-healing/Alzheimer’s-prevention increase, starts now.

p/s Thanks to the Admin team who have been updating for the past year!

Last Saturday’s performance of “Menimbang Rasa” by Imran Ajmain who was the surprise guest for #AkiAkmal’s wedding at Dewan Felda, Kuala Lumpur. This 15 sec video was shot by a guest, embedded with permission.

1st out of 3 videos shot by members of #imtiaz100 who came for Imran’s short performance at Laman Budaya during Estari. The video was edited by Nasrullah Napi. To find out more about joining Imtiaz, please read up at http://officialimtiaz.me.

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Waxing Lyrical across the Generations (Menggarap Seni Kata yang Tahan Berzaman)

Apakah hubungan antara seni kata lagu dan puisi? Pelajari kaitan mendalam dan kemungkinan-kemungkinan imaginatif antara dua bentuk berbeza ini dalam lanskap kebudayaan Melayu. Sertai Dewi Lestari, Imran Ajmain dan Yusnor Ef di sesi perbincangan yang akan menyingkap trend penulisan seni kata lagu.

What is the linkage between song lyrics and poetry? Discover the rich connections and imaginative possibilities of these two different forms in the Malay cultural landscape.

This session is in Malay.

Moderated by: Oniatta Effendi

Featuring: Dewi Lestari, Imran Ajmain, Yusnor Ef

2 Nov, Sat

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 60 mins

Seminar Room, National Museum of Singapore.

For more details about the festival and ticketing, please visit: http://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/

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PetroSains Science Festival will be hosting a Social Media Forum on the 23rd October 2013 at 3pm and it’s for everyone so check the details at www.sciencefestival.my, book your tickets by calling 03-2331 8181 or pre-register http://sciencefestival.my/whats-in/pre-registration.

Imran Ajmain will be joined by Celebrity Chef Nik Michael Imran and other celebrities to discuss “Building your brand on social media”.

More details at: www.sciencefestival.my

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The album and all its tracks is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and almost 10 other online music platforms for downloading or for audio streaming. The release date is set at 15th October. 1 song will be promoted each week, with a focus on a brand new song not released before “Cemburu”. All the songs are written, composed and produced by Imran Ajmain with the help of some heavyweights such as Sulu Sarawak, Shah Shamshiri, Khairafik “Rafikoncept” Khairudin, Andi Merican and introducing new blood such as Fadly Ahmad, Reyza Hamizan and more.

The song “Sesebuah Perubahan” written for Hyrul Anuar by Imran Ajmain and Sulu Sarawak is now being used at the theme song for a MediaCorp Suria season II run of “Ubah Segalanya” that airs every Wednesday at 9pm in Singapore, and where the channel reaches to.

Follow Hyrul Anuar on his Social Media networks for updates.
Twitter: @hyrulanuar
Instagram: @hyrulanuar
Facebook: facebook.com/hyrulanuar

Imran recently had a FaceTime session with Nasyeed singer, Hafiz Hamidun, uploaded specially for the #imtiaz100 members 2 weeks ago. The video is now made public. The 6 minute video talks about Imran’s involvement in Hafiz’ charity single, #R4biaSyria. Imran wrote the English version of the viral song. You may listen to the song on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and now on YouTube too.