Headline: Two divas, one album
Publication: NST
Date of publication: Jan 27, 2010
Section heading: Life & Times
Page number: 011
Byline / Author: By Hizreen Kamal

DATUK Siti Nurhaliza and Indonesia's Kris Dayanti talk about their collaboration which culminated in the album CTKD. HIZREEN KAMAL writes.

It was about 18 months ago when these two popular singers, who also happened to be good friends, decided to work on a special album. It is one that their fans have been waiting for all these while.

However, the project only took off late last year as they were both busy with their own stuff. The collaboration between our own No. 1 singer Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Indonesia's Kris Dayanti finally came to fruition with the launch of CTKD (Canda. Tangis. Ketawa. Duka) recently.

The production of the album took only a month to complete and they only spent five days in the recording studio.

Produced by Siti's SNP (M) Sdn Bhd and KD's KD Records, the album is made in the name of friendship between the two popular divas.

CTKD showcases the various emotions that they have gone through as an artiste.

"And we would like to share these with our fans," said Siti, after the album launch in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Meanwhile, KD is pleasantly surprised at the lightning speed the album was produced. "This is the quickest album project I have ever embarked on. It's just magical," said KD.

The evening also saw Siti's 31st birthday celebration. About 500 guests were in attendance, including TV host/actor Aznil Nawawi, actress Lisa Surihani, singer Fazli Zainal and astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al-Masrie who came with his fiancee Dr Halina Mohd Yunos.

CTKD features 10 tracks, comprising six full songs and four minus ones. They are Jika Kau Tak Datang (composed by Audi Mok/lyrics by KD and Riznadianka), Sebagai Teman (Sharon Paul/Lew Mable), Amarah (Audi Mok/Siti), Hanya Dia (Aubrey Suwito/Pacha Adrian), Dalam Diamku (Audi Mok/KD and Riznadianka) and Tanpamu (Charly ST12). The minus one tracks are Tanpamu, Amarah, Hanya Dia and Dalam Diamku.

All, except Tanpamu, were recorded at a studio in Kuala Lumpur. Tanpamu was recorded in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Grateful to the composers involved in the album, Siti views the tracks as some of the "beautiful songs" that she and KD have ever performed to date.

During the launch, Siti and KD entertained the audience with two songs from the album - Amarah and Hanya Dia.

While some suggests that Siti's vocal seems to be more dominant, she disagreed, saying: "The album is not meant to outshine any of our vocals. With every track being a duet, we both have equal share. If you listen carefully, no one is dominant," said Siti, who had previously mentioned the possibility of a concert with KD in the near future.

Asked which of the tracks are the hardest to sing, both singers singled out Dalam Diamku.

According to Siti, this was the only track where two studios were utilised at the same time.

She elaborated that each of them occupied a studio each to sing their respective parts.

"It's something different. Audi (the composer) wanted to see how it turns out. And it worked well," added Siti.

CTKD is available in the market since last December, and will penetrate the Indonesian market on Jan 27.

Siti's not new AF principal

AS popular TV reality show Akademi Fantasia (AF) returns for the eighth season this year and rumours are rife that Datuk Siti Nurhaliza will be the new principal.

But Siti quickly dismissed it, saying that she is still not ready to take on the responsibility as the academy's principal, which she finds a huge task.

However, she did not deny that she had been approached and that she had turned down the offer.

"I'd like to share my knowledge (on singing and performance) with anyone who wants to be a singer, just not as an AF principal.

"It is not easy to helm an academy as you need to have thorough preparation. Otherwise, it will leave a negative impact as the post is a very hot seat."

Before this, there have been rumours that the 31-year-old award-winning singer would be the AF8 principal. Last year, Astro appointed Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina for the post.

Asked about her birthday present from husband Datuk Seri Khalid Mohd Jiwa, Siti revealed that it was a Louis Vuitton limited edition handbag.

Called the Louis Vuitton Calliope handbag, it is part of the brand's Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 collection. Believed to be the only one available in Malaysia, it retails at roughly RM40,000 a pop.

It is made of brocade silk textile and 34 pieces of different exotic skins, which are hand-dyed. "But what is more important is the love and care from my loving husband," she said.

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