THEY are powerhouses in their own right and now, Anita Sarawak, Maria Cordero,Frances Yip and Elisa Chan are teaming up for a one-night concert here inSeptember.
Called Four Asian Divas Live In Singapore, the two-hour-long concert will be at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sept 9. It is organised by Unusual Entertainment.
The four singers, who have more than a century of experience in showbiz among them, are well-known for their excellent showmanship and witty on-stage banter and antics.
In a phone interview from Hong Kong yesterday, Cordero, known affectionately as Fei Ma or Fat Mama because she used to tip the scales at 100kg, says she was the one who thought of staging the concert.
She came up with the idea after watching four women singing together on American television.
"I thought, 'Why not have an Asian version?' "
The Macau-born Cordero, 53, says that six well-known performers were identified to be in the concert, and from them, four were chosen.
She declines to say who the other two are, but explains what makes a diva: "A diva not only sings but also has her own personality."
She is best known for singing the theme song to the 1987 Chow Yun Fat movie, Prison On Fire. She also has her own cable television cooking show called Maria's Kitchen.
Fans will be able to see her new figure, which went from about 100kg to 63kg. Cordero says that her weight loss, which happened over four months, came about from a change in eating habits. She says: "I used to eat two large meals everyday. I've since learnt that having a big breakfast in the morning and ending off with a light dinner is much better."
She jokes that she is on a "See Food" diet. "See food, I eat."
She and the other divas are in Hong Kong to plan for the upcoming concert.
Anita says she will be singing the evergreen Mandarin hit, Moonlight Represents My Heart.
In the same interview, the Singapore-born singer, 55, who does not speak Mandarin, says she is learning the song phonetically.
Renowned Hong Kong singer Chan, 52, says: "We're going to come up with something special for our Singaporean audience.
"On behalf of my three sisters, we just want to say hello to the Singaporean audience and give you a hell of a good show."
The four Asian divas will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sept 9 at 8pm. Tickets at $68, $99, $128, $148 and $168 (excluding $2 booking fee) are available from Sistic (tel: 6348-5555 and www.unusual.com.sg).