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Shanty celebrates milestone 40th birthday with star-studded concert

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, March 16, 2019  /  06:25 pm
Shanty celebrates milestone 40th birthday with star-studded concert

Singer Shanty poses for a photograph at the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival. (Kompas.com/Andreas Lukas Altobeli)

Singer Shanty Paredes celebrated her milestone 40th birthday with a star-studded concert on Friday at Live Space Lot 8 SCBD in South Jakarta. 

Titled “Heels Forty”, Shanty appeared on stage singing her greatest hits, including Oh, Kasih” (Oh, Dear) and "Jatuh Cinta" (Falling in Love), while dancing the night away. 

The concert also featured local musicians, such as Melly Goeslaw, the singer’s longtime duet partner Marcel Siahaan, 1990s boy band M.E and music director Dandy Lasahido.  

“These people helped my career,” Shanty told The Jakarta Post through a messaging app on Saturday. 

Shanty said she thought of creating a special event for her 40th birthday two years ago. 

“Instead of parties, [I] wanted a special event [related to] my works,” she said. 

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Fortunately for her, event promoter Empire Live and her management team loved the idea. 

The preparation for “Heels Forty” started in September. However, as since she lives in Hong Kong, she had to prepare from afar.

“It was not an easy task,” she said, explaining that all dance teams involved had to learn their choreography through video.

“I used FaceTime and emails to [communicate] with the music director,” she said. 

When asked about her new age, she replied, “I feel that once a woman reaches 40, she has a different way of thinking and can become the captain of her life and family.

“I feel calmer and don’t seek justification from others anymore." (kes)

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