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Remembering Anita Mui


ANITA Mui (pic) may be gone, but she's never forgotten. This month, we pay tribute to the late Hong Kong superstar, commemorating the 10th anniversary of her untimely death. A series of themed playlist featuring Mui's most popular songs will be aired on 988's weekend show, Remember The Moment (every Sunday from 6pm to 9pm).

A decade after her demise, Mui's legacy still lives on through her music and movies. Her powerful stage presence was second to none and those who have had the privilege of watching her perform live will always cherish her shows. So, join 988 in their tribute to the legendary performer.

Playlist theme:

Dec 15 – Remembering Anita: Together with ...

Dec 22 – Remembering Anita: Live

Dec 29 – Remembering Anita: Legend in style

Also on 988 this week:

Music Gets Crazy (Monday-Friday, 12.30pm-4pm)

Time for freebies! Stand a chance to win tickets to the premiere screening of the movie Control starring Daniel Wu, Simon Yam, Yao Chen and An Yi Xuan. The sci-fi thriller was directed by Kenneth Bi, the Best New Director award winner at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards. There are also heaps of movie goodies for everyone so do look out for the cues to call.

Pasar Malam (Monday-Thursday, 8pm-10pm)

988's Mah Jian Ming (better known as Xiao Mah) is often dubbed a "Mr Nice Guy", which is why DJ Leaf is determined to try and get something "nasty" out of the man. Xiao Mah currently hosts 988's weekend show, Go, Go Weekend with DJ Shiang Jiun.

Go, Go Weekend – He & She (Saturday, 8am-9am)

For some, once you meet your true love, you don't even need much time to get to know them before walking down the aisle. DJ Shiang Jiun reckons a "fast food" kind of marriage is more like a natural disaster, while DJ Xiao Mah sees nothing wrong with it. What do you think?

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New Capital injection


Three new ladies add cool factor to Capital FM.

CAPITAL FM has just introduced three new faces, or rather, voices to its station. There's the chatty duo Pamela and Janice to brighten up the mornings on Capital Breakfast (6am-10am on weekdays) and to accompany you in the evening rush hour is Isabel on The Jam Break (4pm-8pm, with co-host Non).

Newcomers to radio, Janice, Pamela and Isabel bring a new level of wholesomeness to Capital FM. Each one has a background that enables them to relate to the women of today.

"To connect with the diverse, complex and colourful listeners of the station, the lingua franca adopted at Capital is that of Adventure, Compassion and Humility," says general manager Lynette Ow.

"These are qualities Pamela, Janice and Isabel have in spades. They are able to relate and be relatable to our listeners."

On Capital Breakfast, Janice and Pamela will bring real issues faced by Malaysian females to the forefront. Is the glass ceiling still present in male-dominated industries?

Do workplace policies ensure sexually-hostile environments cease to exist in Malaysia, or is this merely on paper to comply with labour laws? Janice and Pamela have witnessed enough to know that women with real issues need a place where things can be discussed.

Stressed out because you are stuck in the evening traffic jam? Let Isabel and Non help de-stress you!

The two announcers are like chalk and cheese where they both offer multiple perspectives that mirror the listeners point of view on the day's topics, ranging from the serious to the irreverent and sometimes just plain "I didn't know that!".

Isabel shares: "Listeners can look forward to fun chats with Non and I about interesting stories we've found from across the globe, insightful how-to guides and random fun facts, all with a good dose of cheeky banter!"

Although new to the radio industry, Isabel is fitting in just fine. Non finds his new co-host a pleasant to work with.

"Isabel is one of the most energetic, composed people I have ever met. It sounds like a contradiction, I know, but if you tune in to The Jam Break you'll hear what I mean," Non says.

"She's easily the most mature 'young' person I've had the pleasure of working with. And respectful too; she always let's me cross the road first."

Lost in music


Nile Rodgers cranked the groove machine up to 10 and swept concert goers off their feet in a night of nostalgia.

NILE Rodgers shouldn't still be playing today, technically speaking. He began his musical journey in the 1970s, along with Bernard Edwards, creating disco music with Chic.

With Rodgers on guitar and Edwards on bass, they were responsible for the biggest dancefloor fillers of their day (Good Times, Le Freak, Everybody Dance and others).

They could do no wrong back in the Saturday Night Fever age of mirrorballs, sequins and discotheques. In their down time, they also produced We Are Family and Lost In Music for Sister Sledge. Then, the magic carpet ride ended.

The "disco sucks" movement came along and drove a huge wrecking ball into the band's disco titan stature. The anti-disco movement was formed in the late 1970s by fans of manly rock music who abhorred disco's softer sound.

The disdain for the genre went as far as blowing up a crate full of disco records at a football field in Chicago in the United States in 1979.

Chic came to an end in 1983. But an undeterred Rodgers, who was incidentally, raised by heroin-addicted parents, went on to forge a solo career producing funky, feel-good records for Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, INXS and others.

However, the times changed again. Acid house and grunge came along and rendered that type of sound frivolous.

Even if Rodger's career had ended there, he could have taken pride in knowing that he was behind hits from two decades.

The 1990s and the noughties saw Rodgers soldiering on, producing and collaborating with artistes like Bowie, Van Halen's David Lee Roth, the Dandy Warhols and playing guitar on records by Michael Jackson. But the hits weren't flowing.

In 2010, Rodgers, 61, faced another challenge. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

"I never let the cancer stop me from doing my job, which was playing music," he said during a Red Bull Music Academy session, where he shared the intricacies of his craft.

Miraculously, the guitar-man was given a clean bill of health from his debilitating condition this year.

Recently, another miracle happened – Rodgers actually had a huge hit with his collaboration with EDM (electronic dance music) purveyors Daft Punk. Called Get Lucky, it became the song of the summer.

Interest in Rodgers output was soon re-ignited and he began to tour with a new version of Chic, as Edwards and drummer Tony Thompson had passed on in 1996 and 2003, respectively. Rodgers now helms a full eight-piece band that includes a brass section, percussion and backing vocals.

Dubbed Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, the band has played triumphant shows at Glastonbury, the Shanghai Electric Disco Carnival and Hong Kong's music and art Clockenflap music festival and other Asian venues.

The ensemble took in Kuala Lumpur's Live Centre, too, a couple of nights ago.

Formalities went out the window as he came on stage during the warm-up set by retro-DJ Jakeman, nodding his head to songs by Imagination and Bobby Caldwell, before heading backstage to get ready. It was clear that Rodgers simply loves music.

When it was showtime, he sauntered onto the stage, looking slim and dapper in a white suit, cutting a fine figure for someone his age, before launching into the boogie hymn Everybody Dance, the song he said was the first he wrote for Chic.

Rodgers led the band through Chic classics, as well as songs he produced for other artistes – Diana Ross' Upside Down, Sister Sledge's We Are Family, David Bowie's Let's Dance, Madonna's Like A Virgin, Duran Duran's Notorious and others.

The New York City native looked as if he lived to play his songs. Lost in the music he had created, he seemed to savour every moment on the stage, moving around and jumping up and down occasionally.

He played the genial host, too, speaking freely to the audience, who were a mix of young and old, saying how the band would love to be back in the capital.

The highlights of the 90-minute set were definitely Le Freak (a song that was initially titled an explitive) and the finale Good Times, which had select members of the audience (including dance artiste Melissa Indot) boogying down on stage.

Many of these people weren't even born when the song came out in 1979, but the power of the song was apparent as these youngsters danced and expressed more passion than at an EDM party.

The Chic show discarded tradition, too – instead of leaving the stage at the final note, Rodgers hung around, autographed some vinyl records and copies of his autobiography, before calling it a night, revealing his magnanimous demeanour in the process.

The man has created hymns for the dance floor, all about good times and feeling great. We may never see another quite like him.


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