Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 18th October 2019
One of the great pop goddesses of South-east Asia, and particularly Malaysia, Siti Nurhaliza performs in Adelaide exclusively for OzAsia. She is so popular – 6 million records sold at last count – that audience members came from interstate and even overseas, to see her at the Festival Centre, for one night only. This made for an electric atmosphere before she had even taken the stage and helped maintain an hour and a half of high-octane entertainment.
Supported by a very tight band, and a great troupe of dancers, Siti owned the stage. Her lavish costumes, engaging and warm banter with the audience, and sparkling personality all added to an evening solidly built on her stupendous voice.
Mostly singing in Malay, Siti’s work is of the power pop ballad genre. She also performed a small set of songs from her English language album All Your Love. In fact, the range of languages in which she can sing is extraordinary, including Urdu, Arabic and Javanese.
Her final set consisted of traditional Malaysian songs, given her special pop treatment. The preservation of these traditional works is something Siti holds dear.
This was an amazing evening. For audience members not of Malay background, it was a privilege to be part of an event so full of love and joy. This is the stuff that makes OzAsia the world-leading festival that it is.
Anyone who attended is now happy to call themselves a “Sitizoner”!
Reviewed by Tracey Korsten
Venue: Festival Theatre
Rating out of 5: 4.5 stars ELECTRIC