Headwind : The Magic Still Exists

Last update: 19/01/2015

By Murni Nasri

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- The last time fans heard Headwind performed together was in 1989, the year they produced their last album.

Headwind’s appearance on Anugerah Juara Lagu Ke-29 yesterday at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil brought back a lot of memories for this writer who grew up listening to the band.

After more than twenty years, Zainal Abidin and the gang got together and once again wowed the audience with a medley of their best songs, Memori Luka, Suraya and Segalanya Mungkin.

Members of the audience, young and old, were seen singing along, proof that Headwind’s music is evergreen and transcends generations.

The audience at the stadium, intent on having fun, seemed oblivious to a stage malfunction (one section of the drape did not fall as intended) and Zainal’s miscalculation of the tempo of Memori Luka.

Zainal’s appearance with the rest of Headwind, no doubt was the icing on the cake for AJL29, itself full of surprises.

The band’s performance was an apt ending for a great show, opened by a great singer-composer himself, Datuk M.Nasir, singing Kembara and Mentera Si Merah Padi.

Fans of the band could not get enough of the performance and wanted more, as seen from their status on Facebook. Obviously for them, three songs were not enough and if yesterday were a reunion concert, an encore would have been heard from the crowd.

AJL29 witnessed the recognition of hip-hop in mainstream music industry when Apa Khabar, a song by Sona One, featuring Joe Flizzow took home the Best Song Award.

Dayang Nurfaizah, whose performance of Ke Pintu Syurga sent chills down the spine, won the Best Vocal category, and also the second runner up for the Anugerah Juara Lagu. Shila Amzah showed how much she did not care about the controversy circling her professional as well as personal life by giving her best belting Masih Aku Cinta, which won the second place for Best Song.