NST: “Sean Ghazi mentors new talent”
(Article written by Aref Omar, first published in The New Straits Times on 26 May 2022.)
KUALA LUMPUR: Singer and actor Sean Ghazi who has been in the entertainment industry since the late 1990s says that he has been told he is not mainstream enough.
“I’ve always been around but not in the mainstream side of things. People have told me that I’m not suited as a mainstream artiste in Malaysia.
“So, I say alright, if I’m not suited, then I’m not suited,” he said when met after a recent screening event for the upcoming film Spilt Gravy: Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah at Dadi Cinema in Pavilion KL.
The 53-year-old artiste added that he now runs a restaurant-cum-performance venue called Bobo KL.
“I run Bobo KL, a premise in Bangsar where I also serve as artistic director. I do perform but I also am a mentor to talents.
“I have my own band Tarakucha and every year we organise a series of shows with the latest happening sometime in November,” he said.
Sean has appeared in the 1999 Hollywood movie Anna And The King, as well as on stage in London’s West End and in Europe in productions such as Miss Saigon, Rent and The King And I.
He released his first music album in 2006 titled Semalam, which featured jazzy renditions of classic Malay songs and was named Best New Artiste at Anugerah Industri Muzik in 2007.
The debonaire Ku Impikan Bintang crooner added that he was currently focusing on music and developing new and upcoming talents.
“I’m currently at the stage of my career where music is the most important thing. In life, we go through three phases, that is to master our craft, become a mentor and then make a difference.
“I’m now at the mentoring phase and haven’t gone on to the third one yet. At Bobo KL, we help young talent to further develop their potential in the performing arts scene,” he said.
Meanwhile, cinemagoers will be able to catch Sean in action in the Datuk Zahim Albakri-directed Split Gravy: Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah, which also stars Zahim, Datuk Rahim Razali, Na’a Murad, Bernice Chauly and Juliana Ibrahim.
The dramatic black comedy, adapted from the late Jit Murad’s award-winning play Spilt Gravy On Rice, tells the story of an elderly patriarch with not much longer to live who gathers his five estranged children for dinner together in order to resolve the various conflicts within the family.
Split Gravy / Ke Mana Tumpahnya Kuah opens in cinemas nationwide on June 9.