After more than two decades, it seems that Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza, fondly known as Siti, has always been one of the Malaysia’s most loved singers. In fact, everything that she does will immediately become the talk of the town, becoming headlines in the pages of local magazines and newspapers.
Recognised as the Malaysian artiste that has won the most awards, she has put many other neighbouring countries under her spell for a very long time, including Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.
If you are a fan, or interested in getting to know her better, following the list of places that are significant to the ever-elegant singer is a good starting point!
1. Temerloh, Pahang
Why: It’s her birthplace.
A true ‘Sitizoner’ (the official fan club member of Siti) must know this town and the state of Pahang well, other than being famous for its ikan patik masak tempoyak. The singer was raised in this town, specifically Kampung Awah, besides Kuala Lipis where she attended her secondary school.
Read more articles about Pahang HERE.
2. Royal Albert Hall, London
Why: It’s the place that put her standard on par with other world-class performers.
Named in the honour of the late Prince Albert, this London’s most atmospheric amphitheatre has witnessed a stupendous list of world-class singers performing concerts inside its prestigious hall such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Adele and, of course, Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza in 2004. Siti has been recognised as the first singer in South East Asia, and the third in Asia, to perform a solo concert here.
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3. National Stadium, Bukit Jalil
Why: Where the fans and even the Queen were her spectators.
Home to many international sporting events, Siti once performed here during the 1998 Commonwealth Games where she shared the stage with her fellow singer cum idol, Celine Dion. It was said that this was her first biggest appearance on the international stage. Among the notable dignitaries from 70 nations that saw her performance that night were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Besides, the National Stadium was also the venue for her first solo concert, Konsert Live Siti Nurhaliza, back in 1999, including Konsert Mega Siti Nurhaliza, Bukit Jalil in 2001 and the finale for her first concert tour, Siti Nurhaliza Live In Concert 2004.
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4. Shanghai, China
Why: One of the places where she received her first international awards.
Years before Shila Amzah, Jaclyn Victor, Misha Omar and Sharifah Hadijah Mosswere recognised as champions in this singing competition, Siti wielded her own influence when she won the Gold Award during the Asia New Singer Competition in conjunction with Shanghai Asia Music Festival 1999.
China seriously has a lot to offer! Read more about China HERE.
5. Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Why: Where she was honoured the ‘Voice of Asia’ title.
Mostly serving as the venue for football matches, the stadium, which is the home stadium for Kazakhstan’s football team, is actually multipurpose. During the Voice of Asia 2002 singing competition that took place in this stadium, Siti garnered the Grand Prix Champion award, earning her the title as the Voice of Asia ever since.
The region of Central Asia, which includes countries like Kazakhstan and neighbouring Uzbekistan, is full of exotic landscapes, peoples and heritage. You can read about Uzbekistan HERE: https://www.gayatravel.com.my/?s=uzbekistan
Why: It’s literally her “second home”.
Siti took the Indonesian hearts by storm since 1997. Among the cities that she had visited for concerts were Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Bandung. Siti also openly admitted that Indonesia will always be special in her heart due to proximity and cultural affinity that she considers this populous country her “second home”.
There are so much to tell about Indonesia. Check out the destinations that we have covered HERE.
Why: She’s a familiar face when it comes to Malaysia.
Siti proves music is indeed a universal language – Siti was recently chosen to perform during the ASEAN-Japan Music Festival 2018 in Tokyo. This was the first time she brought her adorable daughter, Siti Aafiyah, along for this concert; she actually had been invited to the same event in 2013, also in Tokyo. Other places she had been performing were Saga (Pop Queen Festival 1998) and Yokohama (Japan and ASEAN Pop Stars Dream Concert 2003).
Fun fact: In 2007, a cartoon on MSN Messenger (now Windows Live Messenger) resembling Siti was used by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism in order to introduce Malaysian destinations to the Japanese travellers.
We’ve covered quite a lot of destinations in Japan. Check them out HERE.
8. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
Why: Where the wedding-of-the-decade took place.
KLCC is arguably the country’s most photographed spot, a must for every visitor who comes to Kuala Lumpur for the first time. Besides being recognised as one of the tallest buildings in the world and has become the venue for many international events, it was here where Siti and Datuk Khalid Mohd Jiwa or Datuk K’s wedding took place in 2006. This wedding, which was attended by royal families, country leaders, fellow local and international artistes, was also televised, a first in Malaysia, with a total of 6.3 million viewers nationwide. No wonder the event was listed as one of Asia’s Most High-Profile Weddings.
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9. Bangkok, Thailand
Why: Alicia Keys reiterated the ‘Voice of Asia’ title.
Before Siti performed her hit Seindah Biasa during MTV Asia Aid 2005 at IMPACT Arena, the host reiterated Siti’s unfading title as the Voice of Asia. That, ladies and gentlemen, was a historic moment for any ‘Sitizoner’ as it was acknowledged by none other than Alicia Keys!
Nevertheless, Bangkok that night was definitely blown away by Siti’s flawless performance.
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That’s it! Are there any other places that we have missed? Do let us know!