M. Nasir

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Datuk
M. Nasir
M Nasir.jpg
M. Nasir performing during the 2008 Anugerah Juara Lagu
Born Mohamad Nasir bin Mohamed
(1957-04-07) 7 April 1957 (age 60)
Republic of Singapore
Residence Sungai Buloh, Selangor Malaysia
Nationality Singaporean
Other names Mohamad MN (briefly in 1981)[1]
Occupation singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor, & film director
Years active 1979's–present
Spouse(s)
  • Junaidah Johari (1986 - 1998; her death)
  • Marlia Musa (married 2000)
Children
  • Mohd. IIham
  • Mohd. Yasin
  • Mohd. Shafie
  • Nurnilam Sari
  • Suci Musalmah
Website Luncai Emas
Musical career
Genres
  • Nusantara
  • R&B
  • etnik kreatif
  • Irama Malaysia
  • pop tradisional
Instruments Vocals
Labels Luncai Emas

Datuk Mohamad Nasir Mohamad or M. Nasir (born 4 July 1957 in Singapore), is a Singaporean-Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor and film director.

Background[edit]

During the Konsert Alam Muzik M. Nasir at Istana Budaya in 2009.

Mohamad Nasir had been deeply exposed to music not only through listening to the radio; but also his elder brother who had brought him purchased records of bands such as Bob Dylan, Queen, Al Stewart and Led Zeppelin while they were growing up in Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s.[2]

He attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts graduating with a diploma in Western painting,[3] originally wanting to become an artist. He was roped into music making in 1978 when a friend of his Wan Ibrahim, then executive producer of Polygram Singapore, had invited him to write song lyrics for the band Alleycats, who were rising in popularity at that time.[3]

Nasir decided to venture into singing, releasing debut album Untuk Pencinta Seni/Pelukis under the name of Mohamad MN in 1981, which ended up being a flop. He moved on to form folk rock act Kembara with four other members; A. Ali, S. Sahlan, and siblings Abby and Eddie Ali. The Ali siblings however left the group early on the band's formation due to disagreements on picking what genre they were to take.[1]

Kembara released their own self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success with 25,000 copies sold.[3] The band went on releasing six albums riding on their fame until their disbandment in late 1985.[1]

He also dabbles in the art of painting, particularly abstract art. He has conducted several exhibitions on his canvas works; the first being Tanda in 2014 and Tanda II in 2015, both in Shah Alam.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Nasir moved along with his family to Malaysia in 1984, where he became a naturalised citizen in 1989.[3]

He married Junainah Johari, who was the lead singer of Ideal Sisters, Malaysia's earliest girl group. Their relationship - from which they have five children namely Ilham, Yasin, Hidayat, Syafi'i and Nurnilam Sari - lasted until Junainah's death in 8 August 1998[5] due to asthma. Nasir's second marriage not long after was with actress Marlia Musa, where they have a daughter named Suci Musalmah.

His children also involve themselves in music making: Ilham, Yasin and Hidayat make up the band Pitahati while Syafi'i is a member of the psychedelic rock band Ramayan.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) and recipient(s) Results
1984 Malaysia Film Festival Best Song "Sandarkan Kepada Kenangan" - from the movie Azura Won[6]
1990 Malaysia Film Festival Best Song Istana Menanti
Best Original Film Score Fenomena
1994 Anugerah Juara Lagu Best Irama Malaysia Song "Bonda" Won
Best Pop Rock Song "Tanya Sama Itu Hudhud" Won
Best Performance Won
Overall Best Song Of The Year Won
Malaysian Video Awards Silver Award "Mentera Semerah Padi" Won
1995 Anugerah Bintang Popular Most Popular Artiste Won
1997 Anugerah Skrin TV3 Best Film Merah Won
2001 Anugerah Planet Muzik Popular Male Artiste Won
Best Male Artiste Won
Best Album Phoenix Bangkit Won
Anugerah Bintang Popular Most Popular Male Singer Won
Anugerah Industri Muzik Best Male Vocal Performance Srikandi Cintaku
Best Rock Album Producer AKU - by Amy Search
2002 Anugerah Indusri Muzik WIRAMA Award - honorary award for great contributions towards the Malaysian music Industry Won
2012 Angerah Juara Lagu Best Song Awan Nano - performed by Hafiz Won

Other honours[edit]

Partial discography[edit]

With Kembara[edit]

  • Kembara (1981)
  • Perjuangan (1982)
  • Generasiku (1983)
  • 1404 Hijrah (1984)
  • Seniman Jalanan (1984)
  • Duit (1985)

Solo albums[edit]

  • Untuk Pencinta Seni (1979)
  • Dia Ibuku (1981)
  • Irama M.Nasir – instrumental LP (1982)
  • Solo (1988)
  • Saudagar Mimpi (1992)
  • Canggung Mendonan (1993)
  • Srikandi Cintaku (1999)
  • Phoenix Bangkit (2001)
  • Sang Pencinta (2006)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Of Kembara (2001)
  • Best of M. Nasir Dengan Kembara (2001)

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Kembara Seniman Jalanan Bujang / Jebat also as writer and composer
1990 Fenomena Azlan
1992 Selubung Kamal
1993 Balada Desa
1994 Simfoni Duniaku Iskandar
1997 Merah Hassan also as director
1999 Perempuan Melayu Terakhir the Stage Actor
2000 Salam Taj Mahal Master Ji TV drama
2001 Putih Prince Aftus voice actor
2004 Puteri Gunung Ledang Hang Tuah
2005 Akademi Fantasia as himself, the head judge. reality TV show
2010 Magika Naga Tasik Chini (the Chini Lake Dragon)
2017 Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Adly Syairi Ramly; Sheryl Stothard (November 2001). PHOENIX BANGKIT: BACK TO ROOTS?. TONE. p. 46–49 – via Prahara Seni. 
  2. ^ a b "Wavelength: The Journeyman". BFM 89.9 (Interview). Interview with Ali Johan. BFM 89.9. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "M. Nasir: Traditional music meets Western sounds". The Straits Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Goh, Daryl (29 April 2015). "M. Nasir: He sings, he writes, now he’s making art". The Star. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Ku Seman Ku Hussein (13 August 1998). "Apabila irama terhenti seketika" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Begum, Mumtaj (18 November 2011). "Mahawangsa triumphs". The Star. Archived from the original on 19 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 

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