Sanggar Mustika

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Sanggar Mustika
Studio album by Siti Nurhaliza
  • 10 March 2002 (Malaysia)
  • 4 April 2002 (Indonesia)
Recorded January 2001 - February 2002
Genre Folk/Traditional
Length 49:42
Label Suria Records
Producer Pak Ngah, S.Atan, Ramli M.S
Siti Nurhaliza chronology
Sanggar Mustika

Sanggar Mustika is the eighth studio album from Malaysian pop singer Siti Nurhaliza released in 2002.

Sanggar Mustika also pay tribute to the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee with his song "Bunga Melor" and Toh Puan Rafeah Buang "Bisikan Hati". This song has been recorded by Siti Nurhaliza dedicated especially for her beloved mother, Siti Salmah Bachik. Among the most popular and well accepted song in the album are "Badarsila", "Nirmala" and "Kurik Kundi". Both "Nirmala" and "Kurik Kundi" were composed by the same composer (Pak Ngah). With his magical touch in traditional songs he made those two songs became popular and accepted by listeners with the touch of catchy beats blended with Samrah.


Sanggar Mustika became Siti Nurhaliza’s fourth traditional album after the success of her previous traditional album - Cindai (1997), Seri Balas (with Noraniza Idris; 1999) and Sahmura (2000). It also was her fourth collaboration with Pak Ngah.[1]

The album title was chosen based on the meaning "sanggar" which means place and "mustika" means beautiful or perfect. It was translated as the beautiful places to putting the traditional rhythms. The recording of Sanggar Mustika was took place in January 2001 when Siti Nurhaliza launches her seventh album, Safa and completed in February 2002.[2] Most of the lyrics in this album revolves around the question of discretion, moral, divine, avoid slander and many more.[2]

One of the songs in the album, "Kurik Kundi" composed by Pak Ngah and written by Nurul Asyiqin requires Siti to use seven Malaysian state accents - namely Penangite, Kedahan, Perakian, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantanese, Sabahan and Sarawakian accents.[3] In an interview with Utusan Malaysia in March 15, 2002, she said she willing to learn several district accents from several states in Malaysia to be included in "Kurik Kundi".[3] Through this song, Siti wants to tell communities there that Malaysia is rich with various cultures, while saying: "I found this just very difficult while singing it in Kelantanese dialect, other languages such as Sabah and Sarawak was not a problem".[a][3]

Siti also said she is willing to work hard to ensure that the traditional rhythm successfully placed on a higher level, while satisfying with musical arrangements made by Ramli MS who also provides the modern rhythm.[3] In Sanggar Mustika, she wrote the lyrics for "Panas Berteduh Gelap Bersuluh".[3]

Musical style[edit]

Sanggar Mustika is accompanied by ethnic fusion with the host of Malaysian artists.[4] According to Siti, she choose to sing desert, joget, kroncong, inang, canggung music and other songs that reworked.[1][2]

Release and reception[edit]

Sanggar Mustika was released on March 10, 2002 and was well-received. The album launch was took place at the One Utama Shopping Centre in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya and inaugurated by Malaysian cultural figure Azah Aziz and attended by at least 2,000 fans.[1][2]

Suria Records choose 10 March 2002 to launch this album to give a chance for Siti’s fans to see the album launch.[2]Jaya Jusco 1 Utama became the location for the album launch due to SRC and Siti’s relationship with the management of Jaya Jusco 1 Utama while giving an open chance to anyone who came the album launch.[2] Apart from that, Siti was chosen as the Jaya Jusco spokesperson who signed a deal officially on March 7.[2]

Three songs from Sanggar Mustika – "Nirmala", "Badarsila" and "Kurik Kundi" was released as the main singles and later made into music videos. The album sold over 40, 000 copies in Malaysia and 75, 000 copies in Indonesia and being certified gold by Asosiasi Industri Rekaman Indonesia (ASIRI).[5] The album was released in Indonesia in April 2002.[1][6]

Critical response[edit]

Sanggar Mustika received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. Both Zainal Alam Kadir of New Straits Times and Jad Mahidin of The Sunday Mail gave the album two and half stars.[7][8] Both critics were unimpressed with the songs included in the album. Zainal reviewed them as "mediocre" and Jad commented as "not one song that is outstanding".[7][8] The same sentiment was echoed in reviews by Abie Abdullah of Harian Metro and Ellyna Ali of Berita Minggu.[9][10] Most reviewers however have no qualms with Siti's vocals in the album. Zainal commended her vocals as one of the things listeners can look forward too and Abie noted that her vocal performance is one of her best.[7][9] In a positive review by Meor Shariman of The Malay Mail, he praised the uniqueness and the music production of each song and he reviewed the album as one of Siti's best efforts.[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Nirmala"Che'KemPak Ngah5:36
2."Joget Senyum Memikat"Nurul AsyiqinS.Atan4:28
3."Panas Berteduh Gelap Bersuluh"Siti NurhalizaKhir Rahman5:51
4."Bisikan Hati"Haimon Abd. RahmanHaimon Abd. Rahman5:49
5."Badarsila"LokghaSuflan Faidzal4:11
6."Syair Kamelia"Nurul AsyiqinS. Atan4:24
7."Di Batas Waktu"Habsah HassanNaim5:09
8."Sulam Sembilan"LokghaPak Ngah5:40
9."Bunga Melor"S. SudarmajiP. Ramlee4:09
10."Kurik Kundi"Nurul AsyiqinPak Ngah3:49


Awards Category
Anugerah Juara Lagu Ke-17 Best Performance ("Nirmala")
Anugerah Juara Lagu Ke-17 Ethnic Pop Song Champion ("Nirmala")
Anugerah Industri Muzik Best Female Vocal Performance in an Album (Sanggar Mustika)
Anugerah ERA Best Choice Ethnic Song ("Badarsila") 2003
Anugerah ERA Best Choice Ethnic Song ("Nirmala") 2002
Anugerah ERA Best Choice Music Video ("Nirmala") 2002


  • Siti sang Nirmala (Track number 1) during her solo concert on 1 April 2005 in Royal Albert Hall London for the Irama Malaysia segment where the audience applauded her high notes and the spectacular collaboration of graceful traditional dance and musical performance.
  • Siti also won and notably awarded as The Best Vocal of Asia, during the Voice of Asia 2002 Grand Prix Champion where Siti sang Nirmala.

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original: "Siti cuma menghadapi sedikit masalah sewaktu menyanyi lagu dalam loghat Kelantan. Bahasa lain seperti Sabah dan Sarawak, tidak ada masalah,"


  1. ^ a b c d Saharudin Mustafa (10 March 2002). "Sanggar Mustika mercu seni Siti Nurhaliza". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "SANGGAR MUSTIKA, ALBUM TERKINI SITI NURHALIZA". MyArtis. 10 March 2002.
  3. ^ a b c d e Khadijah Ibrahim (10 March 2002). "Siti Nurhaliza tampil tujuh loghat dalam Kurik Kundi". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 2 February 2010.
  4. ^ Charles de Ledesma, Mark Lewis, Pauline Savage (2002). "Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei". Rough Guides. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^ Beny Benke (22 July 2003). ""Gold Award" Siti Nurhaliza". Suara Merdeka. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  6. ^ Abie Abdullah (11 June 2002). "Siti ubati rindu peminat di Jakarta". Berita Harian. Retrieved 10 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ a b c Zainal Alam Kadir (18 March 2002). "Radhi wakes up to Malay groove". New Straits Times. Retrieved 8 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  8. ^ a b Jad Mahidin (21 April 2002). "Too much sweetness and light". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 8 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ a b Abie Abdullah (2 April 2002). "Masih menghiburkan" [Still entertaining]. Harian Metro (in Malay). Retrieved 8 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  10. ^ Ellyna Ali (28 April 2002). "Terbaru daripada Siti" [Latest [album] by Siti]. Berita Minggu (in Malay). Retrieved 8 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  11. ^ Meor Shariman (26 March 2002). "Siti sizzles again". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 8 March 2018. (Subscription required (help)).

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