Fans were over the moon when it was announced that powerhouse vocalist siblings Anuar Zain and Ziana Zain were doing a joint concert for the first time ever in Malaysia. The musical duo shared the news back in May and the website to purchase the tickets crashed multiple times in just seconds after tickets went on sale. That’s how excited fans were to see them live!
Speaking of fans, many were already gathered as early as 4pm at the Plenary Hall at KL Convention Centre on Saturday (6th August) to witness the two legends perform live on stage at 8:30pm. We also got the opportunity to catch the whole show and it was definitely a legend – wait for it – starry night to remember!
As soon as the lights went out, the audience cheered with excitement as the giant screen on stage played an interview video of Anuar and Ziana’s parents reminiscing on the siblings’ childhood as well as the start of their career in the music industry. The scene cuts to a slide show of family photos accompanied by Anuar’s charming vocals singing the first few lines of his hit “Ketulusan Hati”.
Starting off the concert strong with an up-tempo disco theme medley of “Sangkar Cinta” and “Bila Resah”, the two legends came on stage in bedazzled outfits. With a total capacity of 2994 seats, the sold-out show definitely felt very intimate every time the singers interacted with the audience by entertaining them with their bubbly personalities, cracking up jokes as well as throwing official t-shirts for the audience to catch.
At 54 years old, Ziana Zain proved that she still has the pipes to sing her classics such as “Puncak Kasih” and “Terlerai Kasih” during the first round of her solo act, perfectly hitting and holding those long high notes with amazing control, focus and breath support. Her brother, Anuar Zain did just as amazing when he took the stage and struck a chord in the audience’s hearts when he sang the full version of “Ketulusan Hati” and his other hit “Mungkin”, showing off his outstanding vocal runs and breathtaking vibrato.
With an outstanding repertoire of hit singles and albums throughout their career, it’s simply impossible for the veteran singers to perform their entire discography for the one-night-only show, which is why we as the audience were extremely lucky that they took in requests to perform a 1-minute A Capella and acoustic versions of some of their chart-topping songs during their solo acts. The powerhouse duo also surprised fans when they covered each other’s songs with Ziana being the first to start off by performing her rendition of Anuar’s “Sedetik Lebih”.
Despite both Anuar Zain and Ziana Zain being power house vocalist, their voices complimented each other while not overshadowing the other, further proving that they’ve put so much effort in singing duets of each other’s song such as “Sesucinya Cintamu”. During certain part of his solo acts, Anuar came down and interacted with the audience, singing with them as well as taking selfies. He even comforted a crying fan (who was screaming her lungs out the entire show); she was left speechless in his presence before going back on stage to sing his rendition of his sister’s song, “Lara”.
All good shows must come to an end (or so we thought) and the siblings performed a duet version of Ziana’s “Lembah Asmara” before saying goodbye as the lights went out. But the suspiciously abrupt ending left fans screaming “WE WANT MORE! WE WANT MORE!” accompanied by the drummer’s powerful beats, perfectly syncing with the audience’s chant. Both Anuar and Ziana came back on stage to make a special announcement that they will be doing 1 more show in Singapore on 24th September!
The legendary duo then gave an emotional speech talking about their long career, praising each other’s accomplishments and Ziana even shed some tears when she shared how their parents did a wonderful job of raising them to become the individuals and artists that they are today. The two siblings then properly ended the show with a duet of “Cinta Di Akhir Garisan”.
With a setlist of 16-songs excluding the 1-minute A Capella requests, both Anuar Zain and Ziana Zain did not disappoint and has certainly left the audience wanting more. While there’s not much info on their upcoming concert in Singapore as of now, you can bet that fans are definitely looking forward to see them perform live together once more!