Awie

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Awie

Awie on MeleTOP.jpg
Awie in 2016.
Born
Ahmad Azhar bin Othman

(1968-11-24) 24 November 1968 (age 53)
Other namesHusin, Tok Wie
OccupationSinger, musician, actor, host, producer, director
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)
Arni Nazira Anuar
(m. 1998; div. 2006)
Rozana Misbun
(m. 2006; div. 2014)
Datin Sharifah Ladyana
(m. 2016)
Children6
Musical career
GenresRock, pop rock, heavy rock, blues, ballad, funky

Ahmad Azhar bin Othman (born 24 November 1968), better known by his stage name Awie, is a Malaysian singer, musician, and actor.[1]

Born in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, Awie's music career start in 1985 with a rock band called Wings, which he became a lead vocal at age 17. Their First Studio Album Released in 1987 called Belenggu Irama that sold around 180,000 units which at the time is pretty impressive for a young newcomer and thus hit an instant fame. After Belenggu Irama, He records another four hit albums with Wings in five-year span between 1988 and 1993. Awie ventured into Acting and starred in Pemburu Bayang alongside the future Queen of Rock Ella in 1993. Awie then starred in many movies in the 1990s. While Wings is at the very peak of its career, Awie had a disagreement with then Wings manager Ali Bakar and left the group in 1993. As a solo artist, Awie became one of the best selling artist in Malaysia and became a millionaire in 1995.

Awie's career slowed down in early 2000s but he still appeared in many movies - mainly comedies. He rejoined Wings to record two more albums and became one of few artist in Malaysia to record studio albums in four different decades (80s, 90s, 00s, 10s). In 2017, he has been given Knight Companion The Esteemed Order of the Crown of Pahang that carries the title Dato' by Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah.[2] Now, he is called Dato' Ahmad Azhar Bin Othman or Dato' Awie.

Career[edit]

Early Involvement[edit]

At the early age of 17, Awie worked at Panggung Anniversary, Kuala Lumpur. His work enabled him to accompany several popular rock bands at the time such as Search, Bloodshed, Ella & The Boys, Sweet Charity.

Wings[edit]

Awie performing in 2007.

Awie started his music career in Kuala Lumpur in 1985, fronting the Malaysian rock band Wings,[3] which had an original line-up of Black (drums), Syam (guitars), Eddie (bass) and Awie (lead vocals). They debuted with the album Belenggu Irama. Their subsequent album Hukum Karma features successful singles "Misteri Mimpi Syakilla" (composed by J.S. Kevin) and "Taman Rashidah Utama" (written by a producer Bob Lokman). Various albums followed, including Teori Domino, Jerangkung Dalam Almari and Bazooka Penaka. A number of Wings's hits are composed by singer-songwriter M. Nasir.

Awie left the band in 1993 after reported disagreements with Ali Bakar (Wings manager), and pursued a career as a solo artist and actor. He re-joined Wings in 2002 after lukewarm fan response to his replacements Mus (formerly from May) and Mel (a club singer). The band is still active. Their recent concert appearances and recordings include Wings Alive 2006 and Wings Live in KL 1991. On top of that, Awie had joined the band Samudera Astana.

Solo career[edit]

During his departure from Wings in 1993, Awie recorded his first solo album called Awie (1994) which sold around 220,000 units, a record for the highest selling album for male solo artist in Malaysia to date. Followed by couples of successful Albums such as Awie Unplugged (1995), O-Tak (1996) and Satu (1998). His compilations album Best Of Awie (1999) sold around 300,000 to 600,000 units.

Film career[edit]

Awie began his acting career in 1992 with the film Pemburu Bayang. Other locally-successful films followed, the more prominent ones being Bara and the Sembilu series. Recently Awie has concentrated on comedic roles.

Personal life[edit]

Awie was engaged to Erra Fazira, his co-star in Sembilu. Due to reported infidelity, the engagement was called off.

Months later, he was caught by several Islamic law enforcers in a hotel room with Arni Nazira, his co-star in Nafas Cinta. Their obligated marriage produced two daughters. In October 2006, Arni Nazira filed for divorce after 8 years of marriage. The reason for the divorce was claimed to be due to Awie's marriage to Rozana Misbun in a secret ceremony in southern Thailand.

Awie married again in 2016 to Sharifah Ladyana Syed Samsuddin at Songkhla, Thailand.[4]

In November 2021, Awie was ordered by the Malaysian Court of Appeal to pay RM80,000 in damages for the assault and battery of ex-wife Rozana Misbun.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Pemburu Bayang Awie Debut film appearances
1994 Sembilu
1995 Sembilu II
1996 Tragedi Oktober
1997 Merah Merah
1998 Maria Mariana II Sazali
1999 Nafas Cinta Amir
Bara Amri
2001 Getaran Awie
2003 Iskandar Karl Iskandar
2005 Sembilu 2005 Zambri
Baik Punya Cilok Bob KP
2006 Diva Popular Faizal
2007 Brave John
Zombi Kampung Pisang Husin
Sumolah Harris
2008 Cuci Jojo
Duyung Kordi
Antoo Fighter: Amukan Drakulat! Drakulat Van Listerbooy
Cinta U-Turn Faiz
Apa Kata Hati? Sophi
2010 Andartu Terlampau... 21 Hari Mencari Suami! Aziz Al-Biruni
Kapoww! Astromen
Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah Husin
2012 Baik Giller! Kimie
Berani Punya Budak John
Leftwings Himself
2013 Husin, Mon dan Jin Pakai Toncit Husin
Bikers Kental Eddie Guardo
Lemak Kampung Santan Abu
2014 Zombi Kilang Biskut Husin
Dollah Superstar Dollah Rimau
Ribbit Kulup (voice) Malay dubbed
2016 Warna Cinta Impian Himself
Upin & Ipin Jeng Jeng Jeng!
2017 Lebuhraya Ke Neraka Bob
2018 Hantu Kak Limah Husin
Operasi X Belut
2019 Bikers Kental 2 Eddie Guardo
2020 Rock 4: Rockers Never Dai Himself
2021 10 Tips Tipu Bini Brother Love Also as producer
Kampong Pisang Musikal Raya Istimewa Husin
Kampung Latah Kena Kuarantin Dukun Palermo
TBA Rebel Also as director

Telemovie[edit]

Year Title Role TV channel
2010 Buta Warna Amri Astro Ria
2013 Malaikat Di Pintu" Zai TV3
2014 Takhta 3 Ratu Astro First Exclusive
2015 Aku Benci Raya Amir Astro Ria
2016 Dari Kerana Mata Ramzi HyppTV
2017 Kalut Nak Raya Bobby Astro Warna
2018 Studio Awie Himself TV3
Berani Jadi Papa Sani Joned Astro First Exclusive

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role TV channel Notes
2000 Spanar Jaya Himself NTV7 Episode: "Takkan Kot... Awie"
2006–2007 Awie Records Himself Astro Ria
2018 Mak Cun (Season 4) Rock TV3
Ammar & Opie Tok Wie
2020–2021 Kampung Pisang Bersiri-siri Husin Astro Citra
2021 Semanis Senyumanmu Himself TV3
2022 Sudin dan Kaya Samad Awesome TV

Television[edit]

Year Title Role TV channel
2004 Akademi Fantasia (season 2) Invited Artist Astro Ria
2012 Maharaja Lawak Mega 2012 Permanent judge Astro Warna
2013 Tunggu Sekejap Host TV3
Maharaja Lawak Mega 2013 Invited Artist To Shiro Astro Warna
2015 Juara Parodi Invited Artist
2016 Ceria Popstar Permanent judge Astro Ceria
3 Juara Permanent judge TV3
Joras & Star Invited Artist Astro Warna
2017 Rockanova 2017 Permanent judge Astro Prima
AF Megastar Invited Artist Astro Ria
2018 MeleTOP Host with Erra Fazira
2019 Muzikal Lawak Superstar Permanent judge Astro Warna
Maharaja Lawak Mega 2019 Invited Artist
2020 Rumah No. 107 Invited Artist
Gegar Vaganza (Season 7) Invited Artist Astro Ria
Muzikal Lawak Superstar 2 Permanent judge Astro Warna
2021 Sumbang Suara Permanent judge TV3
Havoc Nak Raya Invited Artist
2022 Mic On! (Season 2) Jury Awesome TV

Discography[edit]

Album studio (With Wings)[edit]

Year Title Sales
1987 Belenggu Irama
  • Album studio
  • Released : 1987
  • Label : ASP
180, 000 Unit
1988 Hukum Karma
  • Album studio
  • Released : 1988
  • Label : ASP
180, 000 Unit
1990 Teori Domino
  • Album studio
  • Released : 1990
  • Label : Fly Wings & BMG
200, 000 Unit
1991 Jerangkung Dalam Almari
  • Album studio
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Fly Wings & BMG
200, 000 Unit
1993 Bazooka Penaka
  • Album studio
  • Released: 1993
  • Format: Kaset
  • Label: Fly Wings & BMG
200, 000 Unit
2002 Naga Kramat
  • Album studio
  • Released: 2002
  • Format: CD & Kaset
  • Label: BMG
50, 000 Unit
2014 Menakluk Kosmos
  • Album studio
  • Released: 2014
  • Format: CD
  • Label: KRU Records
15, 000 Unit

Album solo studio[edit]

Year Title Sales
1994 Awie
  • Album studio
  • Released: 1994
  • Format: CD, Kaset
  • Label: BMG Music
220,000 unit
1996 O-Tak
  • Album studio
  • Released: 1996
  • Format: CD, Kaset
  • Label: BMG Music
150, 000 unit
1998 Satu
  • Album studio
  • Released: 1998
  • Format: CD, Kaset
  • Label: BMG Music
50, 000unit
2000 Rentap
  • Album studio
  • Released: 2000
  • Format: CD, Kaset
  • Label: BMG Music
25, 000 unit
2005 Santai
  • Album studio
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD, Kaset
  • Label: EMI Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Awie". Encyclopedia Metallum. metal-archives.com. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  2. ^ Awie dapat gelaran Dato'
  3. ^ "Cici the Musical Cast List". Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Awie: I Have Another Wife". The Star. Archived from the original on 6 November 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Awie ordered to pay RM80,000 to ex wife for assaulting her". The Star. Retrieved 24 March 2022.

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