Khadijah Ibrahim: The Pearl Anniversary Concerts

Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 November 2008, 8.30 pm with Dato´ Ahmad Nawab guest artist Ramli Sarip guest artist.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Malaysia´s most exceptional performing and vocal talents with a magical medley of her best-known hits, soulful classics, Broadway showstoppers and jazz standards.

Khadijah Ibrahim: an extraordinary artist

KHADIJAH IBRAHIM is universally acknowledged as one of the leading singers of her generation, a pioneer and an innovator. Her wonderfully sonorous voice and sophisticated interpretations offer a highly distinctive style that is equally at home with Malay ballads, soul classics, jazz standards and Broadway show-stoppers. With eighteen albums to her credit and with a busy schedule of local and international concerts, Khadijah has stayed the course while musical fashions come and go. Today Khadijah is as much in demand as ever — as a performer, as a recording artist and as a cultural ambassador for Malaysia.

Born in 1960 in Singapore, Khadijah grew up in a large family that had an established reputation in the lively entertainment industry. Not surprisingly, the family imbued her with a love for music from an early age and provided some of her formative influences. Her older sister, Sophia Ibrahim, was a well-known actress — star of some of P. Ramlee’s best-loved films — as well as a noted singer. Khadijah tells a nice story of transcribing lyrics for her sister as the best way of learning the latest songs. Her brother, Latif Ibrahim, also became a star of the cinema and made a name for himself as a singer and recording artist. Khadijah’s uncle, Hussein Abu Hassan, was a towering figure in Malaysian cinema, both a distinguished actor and director. Recalling her childhood, Khadijah openly acknowledges the encouragement of those around her to explore her musical talents.

Today, it is hard to credit that Khadijah’s professional career has spanned thirty years. Emerging as a young star on the music scene in 1978 she quickly carved out an enviable reputation as a live performer. At the same time, she began a career-changing relationship with the saxophonist and composer, Dato’ Ahmad Nawab. He had an instinctive sense of Khadijah’s tone and range and together they developed a wonderful working chemistry. She was the first female Malaysian artist to sign for an international company, WEA (now part of Warner Music Group). Her first album, Sehari Dalam Cinta, released in 1979, made her an overnight sensation.

Throughout her long career Khadijah has worked with some of the luminaries in the music industry, helping to create memorable songs that show off her soulful voice and creative sensibilities. Besides Ahmad Nawab, her most important musical partnerships have been with the father of Malaysian rock Ramli Sarip, the composer Adnan Abu Hassan, the arranger Mac Chew, and the acclaimed singer-songwriter M. Nasir who produced her most recent album, Terbang Pulang. Together they have helped make Khadijah’s voice one of the most distinctive in the music industry.

And there is no sign of Khadijah slowing down. In fact, she is in the middle of a particularly busy period of her career. Over the last two years alone, she has performed more than sixty concerts at home and abroad and made several television appearances.

In 2006 Khadijah was invited to perform at a special concert hosted by former President Pervez Musharraf which helped raise considerable sums for the Pakistan earthquake relief fund. In January 2007 she was privileged to be chosen as one of the headliners at the closing Gala Soirée at the prestigious World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, an event that put the Visit Malaysia 2007 programme firmly on the international map. And in July 2007, she opened the first Ziryab International Music & Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur, performing alongside Arab superstars Marwan Khoury, Toni Qattan and Myriam Fares.

Khadijah has an astonishing versatility. An intimate gig in the 100-seat club No Black Tie, performing jazz standards and Broadway hits, can be followed by a Hari Wanita gathering in front of 25,000 at Stadium Putra. Her extensive repertoire, her quick wit and her ability to interact with a wide range of people — as well as her virtuoso singing — have left all her audiences with a unique experience and always wanting more.

This year is a very special time for Khadijah. It marks thirty years in the music industry — her pearl anniversary — and she has some very special plans to celebrate this extraordinary achievement. Work has already begun on two new albums — one a “Best Of” compilation of her best-known hits reworked in new arrangements, the other a collection of new songs and classic numbers. In addition, a series of major public concerts is planned for 2008 both at home and abroad to showcase the pearl anniversary milestone. This will culminate in two gala concerts at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur in November.

Famed for her professionalism and dedication, Khadijah has a raft of other interests, helping to create a rounded personality. The most important is her family, especially her son and daughter, and two young grandchildren. She has just opened an authentic Malay restaurant in Petaling Jaya called Khadijah’s Kitchen, having run a celebrated Malaysian restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand for many years. And she has a growing reputation as a first-rate interior designer blending the traditional and the modern. Khadijah is also renowned for her charitable work, helping to raise awareness of social issues such as HIV/Aids and the education of the children of single mothers.

Khadijah is truly the embodiment of all that is best in Malaysia.

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The Venue and Tickets

Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS
PETRONAS Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur

RM120 | RM100 | RM80 | RM50

Box Office: 03 – 2051 7007

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