Dayang Nurfaizah says she sees it as her patriotic duty to sing the Sea Games 2017’s theme song. Pix by Nur Adibah Ahmad Izam

SHE may have two decades of singing experience, but Dayang Nurfaizah still has butterflies in her tummy as she prepares to belt out the theme song of the Sea Games 2017 in August.

“I’m feeling a little jittery because it’s a first for me. Furthermore, it’s a major regional event and I’m the singing ambassador,” said Dayang of her impending task when met recently at the recording of a Ramadan special episode of Muzik Muzik at Hotel Royal in Kuala Lumpur.

The Youth and Sports Ministry had invited Malaysian songwriters to pen the lyrics to the theme song, composed by Datuk Ramli M.S., and to be sung by Dayang.

The chosen lyrics, based on the slogan “Bangkit Bersama” (Rise Together), will be unveiled next month.

“From the looks of it, it’s going to be an upbeat song and that’s something I’m looking forward to,” said the 35-year-old Sarawakian, known for her hit ballads, such as Lelaki Teragung and Di Pintu Syurga.

“Once the lyrics are ready, it’s full steam ahead with daily rehearsals for me. I’ll be singing it live at the Sea Games’ opening ceremony and recording a studio version of it, complete with a music video to be broadcast on television.”

She said she was determined to stay fit and healthy while waiting the big day.

“It’s going to be another career milestone for me and I want to make sure things go smoothly in the studio and stadium.

“I see this as my patriotic duty and it’s something that I’ll cherish and remember.”

Dayang is mentally preparing to sing the theme song by listening to past sports anthems like Gemuruh Suara, the Team Malaysia song for the 2011 Sea Games, which was performed by several artistes, including Datuk Ramli Sarip and KRU.

This year’s Sea Games will be held primarily at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, from Aug 19 to 30.

Aside from that, Dayang will be performing as a guest artiste of Universiti Teknologi Petronas’ performing arts showcase, “Tapestry of Colours 2017”, at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur on July 29.

She will also join fellow Malaysian singers, Faizal Tahir and Azlan Rosle, and Indonesia’s Cakra Khan, Judika and Syarini in Konsert Nova at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam on Aug 5.

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