So there I was at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur a couple of days back to witness a rather prestigious album launch. Proudly presented by Shazzwan, an up-coming hip-hop artist and producer supported by Yayasan Raja Muda Selangor (YRMS), debuts his first album titled ‘Titipan Banduan Muda’. The 28-year-old budding star enrolled under the ‘Talent for the World’ programme, developed his rudiments in the music scene under the guidance of renowned artist and producer Yogeswaran Veerasingam a.k.a. Yogi B.
|Shazzwan Launches Debut Album 'Titipan Banduan Muda' @ Hard Rock Cafe KL|
The prestigious launch event received royal attendance by Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, Raja Muda Selangor; Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj. and Y.A.D. Dato’ Setia Aubry Rahim Mennesson.
|The very good looking Raja Muda Selangor was in attendance|
Also present at the event were the foundation’s Board of Trustees comprising of Y.A.D. Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of YRMS; Y.A.D. Dato’ Setia Mohammad Adzib bin Mohd. Isa; Y.A.D. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Mohd Yusof bin Tun Syed Nasir; Y.Bhg. Puan Sri Datin T.D. Ampikaipakan; and Y.Bhg. Dato’ Richard A. J. Curtis.
I like the story behind the creation of this debut album. The album ‘Titipan Banduan Muda’ reflects Shazzwan’s life transformation from a juvenile delinquent to a hip-hop artist. His journey is well illustrated in the eight featured songs including ‘Titipan Banduan Muda’ featuring upcoming singer, MAL; ‘Aku Tak Kisah’; ‘Aku Udah Turun’; ‘Cakap Dalam Gelap’; ‘Dosa Menghantui’; ‘Hidup’; ‘Every Single Morning’; and ‘You’re My’ featuring renowned singer and actress, Tisha Shamsir.
|Shazzwan performing live during the launch event|
“This album reflects my life story and hopefully teaches others about the lessons learnt from my experiences. My story is induced into this album, creating priceless pieces of music, hoping to inspire the upcoming generation, leading them to a better and brighter future,” said Shazzwan.
He added that this dream will not be possible without the support of YRMS and Yogi B. “This life transforming process was tough, but the relentless support of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, donors and Yogi B, led me to a life I have always dreamt of.”
|Y.A.D. Raja Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Arshad bin Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of YRMS|
|And it's officially launched!|
“The Yayasan supports youths between the ages of 18 to 29 years old by helping them develop their confidence and motivation, skills and talents, enabling them to be employed. Today, the ‘Talent for the World’ programme heralds the graduation of Shazzwan after undergoing ten years of apprenticeship under the tutelage of Yogi B. This is indeed a dream come true not only for him, but also for the foundation to be able to help someone from a chequered past to turn over a new leaf,” Raja Arshad explained.
|From delinquent to superstar|
The ‘Talent for the World’ programme selects candidates who show great potential in a particular field who will then be trained and guided by a mentor. The first three youths successfully developed under this programme were Wong Eng Leong, an artist; Goh Chiu Kuan, a potter who specialises in ceramic sculptures; and Azhar Asrar, a marble sculptor. These talents were nurtured by world-renowned award-winning artist, Juhari Said.
|Love the pretty decor of Hard Rock Cafe KL|
|Pretty bloggers at the launch|
‘Titipan Banduan Muda’ will be on sale at music stores nationwide and iTunes from Friday, 4 September 2015 and end of September respectively. Fans can follow Shazzwan’s updates on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shazzwan.mss.
|New fans of Shazzwan ;)|
I currently have his album looping in my car's audio system, and I must say it actually sounds really good. Love the songs inside, especially the "Aku tak kesah, aku tak kesah" song aka Titipan Banduan Muda song. For more information about YRMS, visit www.yrms.org.my.