According to information provided, the Esplanade Concert Hall was full with 1,600 people, so there was a packed house when Sweet Charity performed on Sunday (31.05.09).
Lead by Papa Rock vocalist Ramli Sarip, the band, in all its glory met again for its 40th anniversary concert to thrill the audience with Sarip's powerful vocals, SC's slick guitar runs, classic rock songs and stage presence.
Although most of the band boys are in their 50s and Sarip and drummer Rahman Sarbani the only original members left, they were as spritely on stage. For many fans in the audience, it was a night of nostalgia and definitely a meeting for music lovers, rock or otherwise. Thumbs up for Sweet Charity.
Another one next year?
Added in May 2012:
Ramli Sarip or PapaRock is an iconic figure in the Nusantara music scene. Ramli shot to fame with his pioneering rock group Sweet Charity that was set up in 1967. His last concert with his band, Sweet Charity in 2009 at the Esplanade was a sold out.
Generally accepted as the ‘father-figure’ by the artistes community on both sides of the causeway, this recipient of 1998 COMPASS Artistic Excellence Award is an all-rounder singer, musician, producer, composer and mentor. His last solo concert titled ‘Perjalanan Hidup’ was staged 27 years ago at the then World Trade Centre. SADAQA is therefore his first solo concert in almost 3 decades and the only concert for the year that is charity-based.
With special guest artiste, Raihan, Ramli will perform songs from his latest album – SADAQA. SADAQA features a compilation of 14 selected hits throughout Ramli’s solo career. SADAQA is in aid of Hasanah Mosque.
Article: by Andy Lim
Image from: The Star Online/star-ecentral.com /Azhariah Kamin 12/05/2008.