Amid the electric ambiance of the Axiata Arena on the night of August 25th, A-mei, known to many as the enigmatic rocker queen Amit, gave us a masterclass in the art of concert-holding – a true testament to her position as the reigning Queen of Mandopop.
In a nutshell, her performance was nothing short of a cathartic journey.
Launching into her ASMR concert with tracks from her Amit albums, including the curiously enchanting “Freak Show,” the rhythmically infectious “Jamaica Betel Nut,” the direct and unapologetic “Straightforward,” and the captivatingly intense “Black Eats Black,” the 43-year-old songstress turned the expansive stadium into an immersive dance floor. Despite a setlist that seemed to stretch beyond the horizon with nearly 40 songs, A-mei commanded the stage with an unwavering grasp on her astounding vocals, the pulsating energy of the performance, and the crowd’s undivided attention.
Naturally, the audience responded with unadulterated enthusiasm, becoming increasingly frenzied from the opening notes to the final chords. Every single soul in the venue – all of us – found ourselves caught in a whirlwind of screams, dance moves, and airborne leaps throughout the entire two-hour-plus spectacle. At one point, the singer herself paused, almost breathless, to exclaim, “You guys are too high, and I am loving you all!”
A-mei exemplifies true class, not only for her ability to energize us with infectious melodies and dynamic stagecraft, but also for her unique gift to forge an emotional connection with her audience. Every word she sang during crowd favorites like “Remember,” “You Love Me,” and “Hostage” seemed genuine and heartfelt, even though she must have performed these hits countless times over the years. And then, with the transition back to her alter ego Amit, she artfully guided her audience into a frenzy with the explosive “Bloody Love Story” and “Matriarchy,” effortlessly reaching astonishing high notes.
The pop diva wields an undeniable gift, as evidenced by the rapt silence that enveloped the arena as she sang the hauntingly melancholic ballad “March,” her voice resonating through the vast expanse of Axiata Bukit Jalil. The audience united once again during performances of “Rainbow” and “My Dearest,” celebrating the essence of love.
In quintessential A-mei style, the songstress concluded her concert with a grand 30-minute medley of seductive dance tracks, featuring hits like “Booty Call,” “One Night Stand,” “Bad Boy,” “Yes Or No,” and her unmistakable anthem “Three Days Three Nights.” As the curtains began to close on her remarkable show, she knelt on the stage, perhaps overcome by the intensity of her performance and the incredible energy of her fans. Although there was no formal encore, the overall concert experience was nothing short of astonishing.