Ever since returning to the spotlight a couple of years ago, veteran singer Zaiton Sameon has been keeping busy with singing gigs around Malaysia and across the causeway.
“Singapore is like my second home now,” she said when met at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur recently. “I am there almost every week performing at a dinner event. I also get invitations to sing in Brunei.”
She said she has also completed recordings of nine new songs for an upcoming album titled Terimalah Aku, which is still waiting for a release date.
“One of my favourite songs on the album is called Insan Kecil,” she shared. “It’s a song about orphaned and abandoned children.”
Zaiton turns 60 years old this year, and while her speaking voice is ever so soft, she hasn’t lost the melodious vocals that help made her popular in the late 1980s. Mention her name, and the 1987 award-winning tune Menaruh Harapan comes to mind.
“Menaruh Harapan is still the one song everyone requests for all the time,” Zaiton said with a smile. “Sometimes I will sing Menaruh Harapan more than once on the same night.”
No doubt, there have been many changes in Zaiton’s life. For one, her current image is different from the sexy one most fans remember.
But, like a true celebrity, while having her photos taken for this article, Zaiton made sure the photographer got the right angles that would show her in the best light.
Zaiton dropped out of the limelight after a horrendous automobile accident in 1990. That tragic incident robbed her of her 13-year-old son, and killed fellow musician Ismail Shaari.
The then-33-year-old Zaiton suffered massive injuries to her neck and legs, and was in a coma for six months. In 2012, her life-story was turned into a film titled Zaiton Ceritaku, starring actress Nadia Aqilah as Zaiton.
Today, the singer is happy whenever she’s performing on stage singing the song she is famous for, as well as new songs from Terimalah Aku.
“I am looking forward for the album to be released so I can go on a promotional tour. InshaAllah, today’s music fans will accept me and my new songs.”