NAJWA Latif, 19, came to the attention of music lovers when her song, Cinta Muka Buku (Facebook Love) was uploaded on YouTube three years ago.
It generated considerable interest, prompting NAR Records to call her for an audition and offer her a recording contract. She is now studying at a local university and working on her second album.
Q: For a start, which university are you studying at and what course are you taking?
A: I’m now studying the Bachelor of English course, majoring in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) at Unitar International University.
Q: How do you find life as a student so far?
A: It’s been good, I have completed my foundation studies, the first semester of my undergraduate course just started last month, and I’m getting into the swing of things.
Q: How is the progress of your second album coming along? And tell us about your second album.
A: It’s work in progress but the album should be released next year. It will have ten songs, mostly ballads.
Q: How do you juggle your life as a student and an artist? Is it challenging?
A: I’m juggling both my recording sessions and my classes. If I have classes, the recording sessions and shows will be after that, usually in the evenings and weekends. Now that I’m doing my degree, there are times when I have one or two classes a day so there’s more time for me to do my showbiz-related activities.
Q: What do you intend to do after you graduate and do you think you can continue to be a singer after getting a job?
A: I want to be an English lecturer and I also hope to keep on singing. I have always wanted to teach to follow in the footsteps of my parents who are teachers. I also love music and singing is natural to me. I want to do well in both.
Q: Who is your idol?
A: In showbiz, it’s Datuk Siti Nurhaliza. I also look up to the late Sudirman Haji Arshad because he was both a graduate and a well-known entertainer.
Q: As a teen idol, do you sometimes get uncomfortable when your actions and conduct get too much attention from the public? How do you deal with this?
A: I realise that I’m still young and I have many years ahead of me. I have a lot more to learn because I have only been in showbiz for three years. Thankfully, I haven’t been on the receiving end of any unpleasant gossip or rumours so far and I want to keep it that way.