M. Nasir

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M. Nasir

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M. Nasir performing during the 2008 Anugerah Juara Lagu
Mohamad Nasir bin Mohamed

(1957-07-04) 4 July 1957 (age 62)
NationalitySingaporean - Malaysian
Other namesMohamad MN (briefly in 1981)[1]
OccupationSinger-songwriter, composer, producer, actor, & film director
Years active1979's–present
  • Junainah Johari
    (m. 1986; died 1998)
  • Datin Marlia Musa (m. 2000)
  • Mohd. IIham
  • Mohd. Yasin
  • Mohd. Hidayat
  • Mohd. Shafie
  • Nurnilam Sari
  • Suci Musalmah
Musical career
LabelsLuncai Emas
Associated acts
WebsiteLuncai Emas

Datuk Mohamad Nasir bin Mohamed (born 4 July 1957)[2] is a Singaporean-Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor and film director.


During the Konsert Alam Muzik M. Nasir at Istana Budaya in 2009.

Mohamad Nasir had been deeply exposed to music not only through listening to the radio; but also his elder brother who had brought him purchased records of bands such as Bob Dylan, Queen, Al Stewart and Led Zeppelin while they were growing up in Singapore in the 1960s and 1970s.[3]

He attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and graduated with a diploma in Western painting in 1978,[4] originally wanting to become an artist. He was roped into music making in 1978 when a friend of his Wan Ibrahim, then executive producer of Polygram Singapore, had invited him to write song lyrics for the band Alleycats, who were rising in popularity at that time.[4]

Nasir decided to venture into singing, releasing debut album Untuk Pencinta Seni/Pelukis under the name of Mohamad MN in 1981, which ended up being a flop. He moved on to form folk rock act Kembara with four other members; A. Ali, S. Sahlan, and siblings Abby and Eddie Ali. The Ali siblings however left the group early on the band's formation due to disagreements on picking what genre they were to take.[1]

Kembara released their own self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success with 25,000 copies sold.[4] The band went on releasing six albums riding on their fame until their disbandment in late 1985.[1]

He also dabbles in the art of painting, particularly abstract art. He has conducted several exhibitions on his canvas works; the first being Tanda in 2014 and Tanda II in 2015, both in Shah Alam.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Nasir moved along with his family to Malaysia in 1984, where he became a naturalised citizen in 1989.[4]

He married Junainah Johari, who was the lead singer of Ideal Sisters, Singapore's earliest girl group. Their relationship - from which they have five children namely Ilham, Yasin, Hidayat, Syafi'i and Nurnilam Sari - lasted until Junainah's death in 8 August 1998[6] due to asthma. Nasir's second marriage not long after was with actress Marlia Musa, where they have a daughter named Suci Musalmah.

His children also involve themselves in music making: Ilham, Yasin and Hidayat make up the band Pitahati while Syafi'i is a member of the psychedelic rock band Ramayan.[3]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) and recipient(s) Results
1984 Malaysia Film Festival Best Song "Sandarkan Kepada Kenangan" - from the movie Azura Won[7]
1990 Malaysia Film Festival Best Song Istana Menanti
Best Original Film Score Fenomena
1994 Anugerah Juara Lagu Best Irama Malaysia Song "Bonda" Won
Best Pop Rock Song "Tanya Sama Itu Hudhud" Won
Best Performance Won
Overall Best Song Of The Year Won
Malaysian Video Awards Silver Award "Mentera Semerah Padi" Won
1995 Anugerah Bintang Popular Most Popular Artiste Won
1997 Anugerah Skrin TV3 Best Film Merah Won
2001 Anugerah Planet Muzik Popular Male Artiste Won
Best Male Artiste Won
Best Album Phoenix Bangkit Won
Anugerah Bintang Popular Most Popular Male Singer Won
Anugerah Industri Muzik Best Male Vocal Performance Srikandi Cintaku
Best Rock Album Producer AKU - by Amy Search
2002 Anugerah Indusri Muzik WIRAMA Award - honorary award for great contributions towards the Malaysian music Industry Won
2012 Angerah Juara Lagu Best Song Awan Nano - performed by Hafiz Won

Other honours[edit]

Partial discography[edit]

With Kembara[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Duet album(s)[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Best Of Kembara (2001)
  • Best of M. Nasir Dengan Kembara (2001)



Year Title Role Director Notes
1986 Kembara Seniman Jalanan Bujang / Jebat Nasir Jani Also as writer and composer
Balik Kampung Album Producer Zainal Othman
1990 Fenomena Azlan Aziz M. Osman
1992 Selubung Kamal Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba
1993 Balada Desa Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin
1994 Simfoni Duniaku Iskandar Datuk Aziz Sattar
1997 Merah Hassan Himself Also as director and writer
1999 Perempuan Melayu Terakhir Himself (The Stage Actor) Erma Fatima
2001 Putih Prince Aftus Rashid Sibir Voice actor
2004 Puteri Gunung Ledang Hang Tuah Saw Teong Hin
2010 Magika Naga Tasik Chini (the Chini Lake Dragon) Edry Abdul Halim
2014 Yasmine Datuk Raja Nan Hitam Siti Kamaluddin
Chan Man Ching
Brunei movie
2017 Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba Tan Sri Berham Seth Larney

Television show[edit]

Year Title Role TV channel Notes
2005 Akademi Fantasia (season 3) Himself (Principal) Astro Ria reality TV show

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role TV channel Notes
1993 Hello
2000 Salam Taj Mahal Master Ji TV3
2018 Dosa: Sacred Sin Latif Astro First Exclusive 8 Episode


  1. ^ a b c Adly Syairi Ramly; Sheryl Stothard (November 2001). PHOENIX BANGKIT: BACK TO ROOTS?. TONE. pp. 46–49 – via Prahara Seni.
  2. ^ "M.Nasir". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Wavelength: The Journeyman". BFM 89.9 (Interview). Interviewed by Ali Johan. BFM 89.9. 20 February 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "M. Nasir: Traditional music meets Western sounds". The Straits Times. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ Goh, Daryl (29 April 2015). "M. Nasir: He sings, he writes, now he's making art". The Star. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ Ku Seman Ku Hussein (13 August 1998). "Apabila irama terhenti seketika". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ Begum, Mumtaj (18 November 2011). "Mahawangsa triumphs". The Star. Archived from the original on 19 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".

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