My interest, or rather, the lack of , in the Malaysian music scene is quite legendary among my friends. I am always the last to know what the top Malay songs are, and what was hip three months ago only enters my realm of senses today. The only time I try my best to catch up with what is latest is during the end of the year; or more specifically, during the Juara Lagu finals.
Thanks to the power of the Internet (and what is only to be expected in a country that is home to the Multimedia Super Corridor), we managed to catch this year’s Juara Lagu, already in its 17th year, via the Time.net webcast. This year I watched it at Yana’s house in Bowland, but we obviously weren’t the only ones, as there were various ‘pusat operasi’ on campus – Kak Faridah in Cartmel, Helmi & co at Lonsdale, Jun and her ‘kids’ in Pendle and probably even Mas Ayu in Furness.
For the first time as far back as I can remember, a song I had a particular attachment to and therefore backed from the beginning came out tops! Misha Omar’s Bunga Bunga Cinta (song and lyrics by Adnan Abu Hassan) has long been on my playlist for some unexplainable reason; it could be that this song was playing on Zieha’s computer when I slept over one night, and some part of my subconscious was ‘altered’ in the process. And for once there were no politics attached to my decision to back the song. If last year I wanted Zamani’s Syair Si Pari Pari to win to spite my brother who hated that song with a passion, this year I wanted Misha to win because, well, I liked that song. Period.
So well done, girl. I can’t say that I’m well proud because I don’t know much else about the song or the singer, but I’m well chuffed all the same. After 16 years of Juara Lagu, I finally backed a winner!