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Studio album by Siti Nurhaliza
Released 17 November 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Ethnic, Folk, Traditional
Length 45:02
Label Suria Records
Producer Pak Ngah, Rahim Jantan, S. Atan
Siti Nurhaliza chronology
Siti Nurhaliza
(1997)Siti Nurhaliza1997
Singles from Cindai
  1. "Cindai"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Joget Pahang"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Joget Berhibur"
    Released: 1997

Cindai is the third album from Malaysian pop singer Siti Nurhaliza released in 1997. This is the second album she released in the same year.

Cindai would be the first attempt by Siti to sing traditional Malay folk songs. It has been the most memorable album in the 90's for its impact in the Malaysian music industry.[according to whom?] The eponymous first track has been nominated for the best song in the 90's.[citation needed]

The album become Siti Nurhaliza's first album to have the title track.


Cindai was Siti Nurhaliza’s first collaboration with Suhaimi Mohd Zain, fondly known as Pak Ngah, as the album producer and became her first full traditional album. It was produced after massive success of her two self-titled albums.[1] It also become her first album to feature the title track.

Following the successful of her debut traditional Malay song, "Sri Mersing" in her second self-titled album, Siti Nurhaliza later recorded a fully traditional Malay album. Most of the songs from there were traditional compositions. There were only two that were original namely "Cindai" and "Joget Berhibur". Other eight song tracks were produced with new arrangements.[1]

Musical style[edit]

Cindai on which Siti Nurhaliza is accompanied by an acoustic band for the traditional feel[2] and adopted the zapin rhythm.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Cindai was released on 17 November 1997, eleven months after Siti Nurhaliza released her second self-titled debut album to popular success.[4] Siti Nurhaliza would later emphasize traditional Malay music on her later albums: Seri Balas (a duet album with Noraniza Idris; 1999), Sahmura (2000), Sanggar Mustika (2002) and Lentera Timur (2008) and continuing her collaboration with Pak Ngah to present day.[4]

To promote the album, three songs in the album - "Cindai", "Joget Pahang" and "Joget Berhibur" were released as the main singles and later received music videos. Siti Nurhaliza also performed the titular song, "Cindai" as part of her special performance during the 1998 Commonwealth Games.[5] Cindai was a commercial success, sold over 400, 000[6] upon its release and being certified 5x platinum.[4][7] "Cindai" has also been translated into Mandarin sung by Chinese singer Chien Bai Hui, though some of the lyrics remained untranslated, in which Chien claimed that she could not alter them due to its perceived beautiful and poetic composition.[8]

On 1 April 2005, she sang Cindai as a part of a medley of Zapin songs along with Mahligai Permata and Ya Maulai at the end of Irama Malaysia segments of her solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.[9] Siti Nurhaliza also performs "Cindai" as part of the fourth medley {traditional) in her SATU concert in Istana Budaya in June 2009[10] and her Konsert Lentera Timur in October 2013[11] respectively, the song also performed by Siti at her recent concert, Dato' Siti Nurhaliza & Friends Concert in April 2016.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Cindai" Hairul Anuar Harun Pak Ngah 4:52
2. "Laksamana Mati Dibunuh" Copyright Control Copyright Control 5:20
3. "Janji" Copyright Control Copyright Control 3:17
4. "Lela Manja" Copyright Control Copyright Control 4:12
5. "Kaparinyo" Copyright Control Copyright Control 4:20
6. "Es Lilin" Copyright Control Copyright Control 3:56
7. "Damak" Copyright Control Copyright Control 4:28
8. "Joget Pahang" Copyright Control Copyright Control 3:51
9. "Patah Hati" Copyright Control Copyright Control 5:11
10. "Joget Berhibur" Syed Indera Syed Omar (Siso) Rahim Jantan 4:35
Total length: 45:02

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Cindai booklet liner notes.[13]


Competition Award
Anugerah Juara Lagu Winner Best Creative Ethnic - Cindai
Juara Lagu - Cindai
Best Performance
  • 5 Platinum Album "Cindai"


  1. ^ a b Raul Carlo, Allison Smith, and Menno Visser (10 January 1998). "Hits Of The World - Malaysia". Billboard. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Charles de Ledesma, Mark Lewis, Pauline Savage (2002). "Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei". Rough Guides. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Ooi Keat Gin (2010). "The A to Z of Malaysia". Scarecrow Press. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cindai". SitiZone. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Best Ever Commonwealth Games Comes to a Close". Utusan Online. Utusan Online. 22 September 1998. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bintang Cemerlang dari Kampung Awah". Kompas (in Indonesian). 17 June 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin Official". Facebook. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Shuib Taib (7 September 2009). "Top 10 influential celebrities in Malaysia: Stars with the x-factor sizzle". The New Straits Time. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Siti all set for London show". New Straits Time. Digital Collections DC5: Text Archive. 14 January 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Konsert eksklusif 'SATU' Siti Nurhaliza di IB! (Siti Nurhaliza’s 'SATU' exclusive concert at IB!) Siti Azira Abdul Aziz. mStar (May 20, 2009).
  11. ^ Rosli Manah (27 August 2013). "Konsert tradisional Siti Nurhaliza untuk angkat seni budaya". (in Malay). Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Budiey Isma (March 2, 2016). "Konsert Dato' Siti Nurhaliza & Friends di Stadium Negara" [Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza & Friends Concert at Stadium Merdeka]. (in Malay). Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Cindai (liner notes). Siti Nurhaliza. Suria Records. 1997. 

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