It might be old news to some, but, Singaporean punk rocker Azhar has split from his long time Ska-Punk outfit, Murder By Ska and has on the 7th of May 2020, released his debut single, Apa Nak Jadi. This comes after 16 years of rocking the local underground scene with fast and skanky tunes, with mostly covers from Rancid and Operation Ivy. Although Murder By Ska has seen relatively modest success, playing alongside local heavyweights such as Full Pledge Munkees and Iman’s League (to name a few), the band never got around to recording their own music. The few originals they had, swinging with catchy bass lines and up-tempo drum beats, faded into obscurity. The messages they sang about youth empowerment and the social commentary never really spread. That lack of tangible achievements has propelled Azhar to leave Murder By Ska, on the last gig of the decade, The Last Show. The announcement came at the very last song of Murder By Ska’s performance, and to some, it was bittersweet.
In the months that have passed since the New Year, Azhar has been hard at work writing new material and the rewards of that hard work can be seen in his new single, Apa Nak Jadi. Apa Nak Jadi is a Malay song about the vices plaguing youths in his community. As in your face and brutally honest as it may be, it also indirectly urges anybody listening, to better themselves, in every sense of the word.