When I started my career in entertainment, one of the scariest things for me was to interview nasyid groups. But I had to.
So terpaksalah sorang budak Cina yang rupa ngan besi bersepah kat muka, dan rambut yang pelik pelik ni nak temuramah orang yang berdakwah melalui lagu.
My first few nasyid acts interviewed were Nowseeheart and Rabbani, whom I did like a lot musically because I loved their music. Tuk aku, I have always believed music, and lyrics are poetry - no matter what genre, and someone who loves music - should appreciate it in all forms.
Tapi takotnya orang judge luaran aku... and dismiss me as being unable to.
But I was surprised. Most nasyid groups took to me with ease.
And one group I always had fun interviewing was Rabbani. Seronok layan meka ni. Kelakar... happy go lucky dalam serious meka.
And yang tukang ringleader nak kaco aku was Ustaz Asri. He always smiled, shared a joke and a hug for me, and didn't look at me any different.
Kalao bab event jumpa kat anugerah, abang Asri kalao nampak je mesti tegur pelok tanya khabar. And dia, like bebudak lain, tau aku erm.. melatah. So meka ni suka cucuk usik.
Just got a call from Farihad. Asri bin Ibrahim has just passed away. Arwah baru celebrated his 40th birthday just over a week ago. Rapuhnya nyawa manusia sekarang...
Still haven't gotten over the passing of kak Min... now abang Asri...
Pada yang beragama Islam, sudilah sedekahkan al-Fatihah buat arwah, and for everyone else, please say a prayer for the soul of the departed,
Abang Asri... orang kampungku. Missing you already...