Sunday, May 15, 2016

Veteran Singer, DJ Dave – A Kampung Boy At Heart

KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian singer veteran DJ Dave, famous for its classic Raya song Menjelang Hari Raya, is a boy kampung in the heart

His strong bond with her family and. traditional values ​​instilled are the key elements that keep the go.

To be specific, it applies the 5K formula for success -. Keluarga (family), kampung (hometown) Kesenian (Arts), keturunan (ancestor) and kebudayaan (culture)

Despite his tight schedule, Datuk DJ Dave, who is based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah , finds time for his 92-year-old father in Tanjong Malim back, Perak and is now in a wheelchair, blind and frail but healthy.

kampung Its values ​​are reflected in his self-penned number Di Desa Kasihku Tertumpah, a song he gladly returned at the end of the interview WebTV Portal with Bernama.


Dave or Irwan Shah Abdullah, believes that these elements, which have been practiced over the years, are the key to its success.

With the blessings of Allah, said Dave, his children are now successful in their careers. He has three children -. Two son of an engineer and pilot, respectively, and daughter of an architect

Dave, who keeps busy with charitable work, is president of Yayasan Artis 1Malaysia (1Malaysia Artist Foundation), he launched in 2012. the foundation has helped organize a concert in tribute to a living legend, Tan Sri SM Salim beginning this year.

The last time the popular artist, who is known for his evergreen hits and Maafkanlah Ingin Bersua recorded one was in 2014.

He wrote the song called Di Pertemuan Abadi (Meeting in eternity) and sought the help of lyricist Habsah Hassan to supplement the words of the number, which was dedicated to the victims of the unfortunate MH17 and MH370.

high of RM50,000 Proceeds from sale of single, were presented to family members of the crew, Dave said.


As singing is in his blood, Dave still makes dinner shows in both Malaysia and Singapore.

An entrepreneur, Dave has also ventured into the hotels and the renewable energy sector -. Waste processing such as rice balls, chicken waste and empty fruit bunches energy

At 68, Dave, who played an active role in the entertainment industry for the past four decades, not much has changed since then, thanks to his fitness regime where it has been practiced for over 20 years.

The crooner who plays badminton twice a week, won a silver medal at the 44th World Cup badminton championship Morning approved by the Badminton World Federation held in Taipei, Taiwan last year.

In 2013, he also took two silver medals in the championship, a tournament for veterans, in which he won in the categories single and double.


Back on the journey of his life, Dave was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He learned all he could from his parents, including doing household chores.

Despite his poor background, his parents taught his children that no one should leave home without eating.

“Charity begins at home. You have to feed people first and continue to give them, especially children. Some do not have good food.

Happiness is when people are happy, when you see joy on people’s faces when people appreciate your presence. you can not find happiness on your own. “

Dave’s father treats him like a friend . “I can always talk to my father when I am in distress.

After talking to him, I felt so happy. Also, I share these moments with my children, especially when they were down and out. “


due to his poor background, Dave could not pursue his ambition to become a doctor, but given his vocal talent, he became a singer.

He did not stop to buy a bus for his father who wanted to take the kids to school. “I became the conductor for my father but I’m happy.”

As a singer, Dave, who has more than 50 albums to his credit, started earning RM150 for a show. ” today, our artists are supported RM25,000 per show. ”

Dave also keeps in touch with his old friends from the United Kingdom, The Hague and Singapore, with regular performances appointment every six months in Port Dickson.

During these meetings, they sang oldies such as The Beatles, Bee Gees and Cliff Richard hit to bring nostalgic memories.


In order to strengthen family ties, appointment of meetings with parents are also organized and held by the older generation.

Reminiscent of the past, Dave says gone are the days when children used to fly kites and balls, while the neighbors knew. His own parents used to Capati and shared their home cooking with their neighbors.

“All this does not occur now. Children are glued to their handsets during meals with their families. People no longer talk to each other. Is the technology or people behavior model? They respect each other.

If I can bring it to Yayasan (Artis 1Malaysia) where we can create these scenes of yesteryear yet, it would be good.

Perhaps, choose one or two kampungs where children play marbles and awareness of communication between children putting aside their phones during dinner.

Parents have lost quality time with their children, and children are picking up trash from the Internet and has been corrupted. Where are we going? “

learn to forgive

Dave says he has always been guided by the philosophy of respect for people, regardless of race and religion.” Wishes always good for people. Practice a religion of love in your heart. Do not question the other on their beliefs. “

” Believe in your religion, but respect others too. You are going in the right direction.

You must also learn to forgive. I was hurt by many people in many ways, but I will keep in my heart. Just forgive and walk.

Whatever you do, do not go too far. Extremism is always difficult and leads to different directions. It will even kill in religion. Moderation is the word. Everything we do must be in moderation, “says Dave.

Whether it is expected to come with a new album, Dave said friends were asking him to make a comeback with new songs, including Hindi numbers from Dilwale craze.

transcends the barriers

“I can probably go back to the studio and produce a single Malay. If I can help, why not. Sometimes my fans, even the Chinese, usually me ask to sing Menjelang Hari Raya during non-festival seasons. “

” music and sport can unite people from all walks of life that transcends all barriers. My participation in badminton championships for older people keeps me and allows me to meet many other parts of the world people.

the music is universal. at the end of the day, it is a language in itself. God thank you I music and sport in me. It keeps me until the day I die. ”

His last post before concluding the interview: “Do not forget your parents, your family, and your kampung roots. Always go back to basics. “


Entertaiment – Veteran Singer, DJ Dave – A Kampung Boy At Heart

Veteran Singer, DJ Dave – A Kampung Boy At Heart

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