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Nadhira makes her move


Music is her journey. AREF OMAR chats with the new indie artiste
SHE spent her formative years in different countries including the United Kingdom, Brunei and Indonesia.

“My dad’s work (in finance) took him all over the world and the family was always on the move,” says indie singer-songwriter Nadhira Nishaa.

Never staying in one place for more than several years made a big impression and exposed her to different cultures.

“It was exciting as a kid but, at the same time, making friends and then leaving them was hard.

“I’m used to it now. It helps in adapting to situations,” says the 25-year-old who coped by channelling her creative energy into music. Singing came naturally and with encouragement from her parents, she studied classical piano at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

“I loved every second of it and was always excited to learn new songs,” she says. Along the way she picked up the drums, guitar, saxophone and violin but confesses that the piano remains her best loved instrument.

At the moment, Nadhira is working on her debut album and has released a single, Breaking Up, which is currently on FlyFM’s Campur Chart.

Going under the moniker of Irie Ira, her smooth vocals provide a silky wash over the reggae-infused track that features Senegalese dancehall artiste King Lhota. “He liked my singing style and contacted me online. We got together and collaborated,” says Nadhira who also sings on his song, Konvict Souljah.

Her follow-up single, Do It Again, which comes with a new music video, is an R&B flavoured track produced by Tatsuro Miller of Global City Music.

She hopes to work with more producers, including a Colombian and a Belgian, to realise her musical vision.

“The tracks will be in English but I do have a few in Bahasa Malaysia done by Fathullah Luqman,” says the advertising and graphic design graduate, who works for Crush Communications.

As for the feel and flavour of the album, she has yet to decide on a coherent sound, preferring to let things play out as they go.

A fan of a wide spectrum of music genres, she used to be in alternative and rock bands during her teenage years.

“I played bass guitar for Sil Khannaz (local death metal band) in a concert in Indonesia which also featured Nidji, Padi and Dewa.

“It was a phase and I later decided to concentrate on my voice and singing,” says Nadhira, who grew up listening to a lot of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

She has slowly been gigging in the music circuit with past performances at the Sunburst Music Festival and an opening set for DJ Yogi at Life Centre.

The plucky singer will be heading to Canada in May for a few shows and to test the waters with her music.

During “live” performances, she is known to sing covers in an R&B style.

“I like to make it into my own. One example was Michael Jackson’s Earth Song done a cappella, accompanied by some beatboxing,” she says.

You can check her tunes out at

Nadhira is also part of the MoveMint label, formed with Canadian rapper Vandal, which focuses on emerging artistes and talent development, currently catering to the hip-hop and urban music segments as a network and support group for the scene at the grassroots level.

An entry on her MySpace page says it best: “I am still struggling at it as there is so much to learn in this very short time given,” she writes.

“Just take me to wherever it is supposed to go. I want to take my listeners on a journey through my music.”

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Anyways, here's just to clear up some of the mis-info's about the article. 
I think I may have talked about the numerous bands I was involved in and I was never part of sil-khannaz nor did I ever play bass for them. I used to have a band called Amethyst and that band's guitarist is also the guitarist of Sil-Khannaz.:) 

About featuring with bands like nidji, padi,dewa.... what I said was we SHARED THE SAME STAGE. That was it. We never featured with them. 

The band I played bass for was called Bukit Hijau.  

That's all. 

Thank you Aref Omar for featuring me in this week's New Straits Times, life&times segment.

"From Malaysia with Love" EP

Am currently working on finishing up a few tracks which will be featured on my EP that I am planning to launch early May. We are planning to host The MoveMint 2nd anniversary. Haven't confirmed the location yet but we'll see...

The event is going to be the launch event for my EP "From Malaysia with Love". This EP is for me to bring to Canada...I am going there this May for just over a month. Will be performing in Toronto, Vancouver BC, Salt Spring I'd like to leave them something from here... hah!

Gotta run, peace out. X

Oh and look what i stumbled upon... - The JUICE interview that was out in Feb... but via online, with a different picture of me and Lynda.

I got a story to tell... hah!

I'll tell it in the next post!

At this point, "Breaking up" is sitting at #3 on the Fly FM Campur Chart...


'Do It Again' just entered the MET10 charts. Goodluck Nadhira! haha...We signed this track with R Records for the ringtones...and are currently waiting for the video cut to be released... by tomorrow hopefully!! *cross fingers!*

New Single 'Do It Again' on - MET10

I'll put up the interview session when I have more time.... but for check out the MET10 (Malaysian English Top 10) every Sunday from 4-5pm.
Please help support by voting. Every vote counts so, if you believe in VOTE! :D



Recyling Environtmental Charity Event

I performed for a Recycling Environmental Charity Event at One Utama last night (6th March 2010), I invited King Lhota to join the set and do our 'Breaking Up'. The show was abit different because I did an accapella with Vandal on the beatbox. I sang the 'EARTH SONG' by Michael Jackson. It was nice I liked it...had fun! I also got tons of drinks and 2 recycled notebooks :)

'Earth Song' by Michael Jackson
(I know I know, shouldn't have read it off a paper. I was told to prepare a song about the environtment, and all the songs I heard online was all cartoony and for kids, this is the only song I FEEL for anyways. Suggest an environmental song for me to sing? Anyone?)


Nadhira feat. King Lhota on 'BREAKING UP'


Vandal on Beatbox for 'EARTH SONG'

Videoshoot COMPLETE!

 My MTV was successfully shot on 28th February 2010. I was very happy with the outcome and I have to admit...Adam's acting was awesome...
A big hug and thank you's to the Three Librans production team especially Ismail Kamarul. Thanks to Idan (camera man) & Goh (video editor) and the rest of the team for being there on that day. Adam Sinclair for being the fabulous actor who helped me feel a bit comfortable in front of the camera, my brother Naqib for coaching me...and Mr. H.W Tey from Awai Photography who helped for the video's and pic's for 'behind the scenes'. OH! and not to forget...the house owners.. Hanna Baharin and Husband!

Here's are few pictures from Mr. Tey from that day. There will be more to come. Video will be out before March 15th. So buckle up and prepare yourselves... :)

Film Director telling me what to do next.

  Preparing for another scene.

 Kitchen scene.

Adam Sinclair (acts as my bf in the past) gives me a (REAL) diamond necklace! hehe

Film Director (Ismail Kamarul)

 The crew on set! :)

Nadhira in action

Previewing the shots

Nadhira in action

 Preparing sandwich for my 'boyfriend'

 The playing scene

Adam sleeping...for REAL!

International Lefthanders Day

Taken from from 2009 :

"August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by Lefthanders International. It was first observed 13 August 1976. As its name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and difference, who are from 7 to 10 percent of the world’s population.

People who are left handed use their right brain, which appears to help in geometry, and related subjects. There also appears to be a connection between lefthandedness and intelligence. (from wiki) "

This was about almost 1 year ago. There was a competition for Lefties and I signed up and got a FREE Tune Hotel Stay in Penang. Here's what I had to say...
Nadhira- Singer 
I’m left handed. Here goes the answers for you!
a) Which leg would you kick a ball or which hand do you use a racket? I kick a ball with my left leg and use a racket with my left hands.
b) Can you write with both hands? No. I have attempted to but unfortunately i can’t.
c) Which hand do you use to open a can with a can-opener or which hand do you use a scissors? I open a can with my right hands but i use the scissors with my left!
d) If you play the guitar, which hand do you use to strum the guitar? Left or right? or both? This is really weird but i play the guitar really well but strum it with my right hands. I control the chords with the left..
Growing up and being left handed was really hard!  — until now i don’t know why my parents and school teacher tried to make me write with my RIGHT hand! When truth is, i’m a natural lefty! That was around the age of 6. By 7 years old everybody already figured that i was left-handed. I love it because it’s rare and when i meet another lefties, it’s like a common bond.