“Do not let people tell you that there is no hope for musicians, that they can’t earn a living. That’s what everybody says, but it’s absolutely not true. If they […]
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When bass player Moses de Silva tagged me in his Facebook status update, I learned that Sabah’s composer and music director Datuk Peter Pragas died on June 30, 2014, aged […]
This made me happy. Alyssa Manjanga came across my book in Times book store in Kota Kinabalu. I remember looking at a similar bookshelf this time last year before the […]
The Year 2012 began with some features of local girls – JADEsisters and Beverley Rachel – as the EP Janji was out, and Beverley Rachel wowed us out with her […]
(I have updated this a few times to add online publications.) My last day in Kota Kinabalu – after virtually staying up all night to pack before my move to […]
Well, here we are. If you have the time to celebrate the launch of OUR BOOK SABAHSONGS, wouldn’t that be great? Here are the details. Let me know on Facebook […]
I will courier fifty books from Taiwan to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia to fit in a book launch before we move. The books will arrive December 18th 2012. The book […]
We are almost there! Click the book cover to read the nice quotes on the back! I’ll be couriering a small number of books from Taiwan for the book launch […]
When we talk about exposure to music, KL is very good. But if we are talking about wanting to build a career long-term, I needed to come back to Sabah, I needed to share my knowledge and experience and serve my Sabahan people. Andrew Poninting also felt like that. We feel we have to share, because we are from here. We know what the level [of music knowledge] is like here. There was no college of music in Sabah, before the Music Programme in UMS.
Okay. It’s time to let you know that this blog is about to become a book entitled “SabahSongs: Excerpts from a blog about people in music in Sabah”. This is […]
It was 3.00 pm at Razz Ma Tazz nightclub, Kota Kinabalu. Outside was bright, inside was dark. U.S. heavy metal band As Blood Runs Black [ABRB] was due to play […]
“Look, for example, I hate politics. If I want to sing abour that, I don’t want to strum a guitar and sing nice lyrics. I want to shout and scream […]
TERENCE BLANTOCAS of Tonguz Entertainment made a video of T-Street’s catchy song “Kau Saja Milikku”. I watched it and remembered the great time I had when I first met these […]
“In my family there were no musical people. Nobody knew that music could do anything for our lives.”
Simon Kong has won international awards for his fusion work. He has transcribed scores for the national orchestras of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. UK percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has performed his work in Taiwan and in England.
SabahSongs hasn’t made any posts about Hari Raya songs this year, so here is one called “Raya di Kinabalu“, a song originally written and recorded by Alvin MY in 2009, […]
Surprisingly, these stories haven’t turned out to be about wood, paint, varnish and electronics. Professional musicians give Gordon their guitars, or he works with them to make something new. The guitar is the way through which they express what they have to say to the world. Not wood and varnish; trust and humanity.
GORDON PAN is from Tanjung Aru. He’s semi-retired now, and has a hobby. He modifies guitars. Related stories Trust and Humanity | Gordon Pan’s guitars for Hillary Ang and Sonny […]
Yap Keng Vui invited me to Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School [STTSS] to listen to a Chinese orchestra. This was their annual concert, and a group of music students from […]
[SabahSongs thanks Yap Keng Vui for translating all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong in this post.] Related story Shanghai comes to KK | Chinese Orchestra Concert at Tshung Tsin […]
I was searching my emails and came across this from Jan 2011. It made me smile to see it again. I swear, when I first opened it I froze and […]
Stairway to Heaven [Led Zeppelin], Smoke on the Water [Deep Purple], and then Sonny Bahari was trying to end the set, but the crowd kept shouting, “One more! One more!” I even heard, “One bottle of whisky for you! Play more!” Sonny appeased them with a promise to be back soon, and wound everyone down with the beautiful Still Got The Blues [Gary Moore].
I had the good luck to experience ‘Talent Time’ (a talent competition) at a primary school in Kota Kinabalu recently. SRS Datuk Simon Fung is a private school teaching in […]
“I learnt music at the age when I learnt how to read and write French” Sophie Van Aerde is my violin partner. She’s also a medical doctor, and Director of […]
This is a Latin ballroom track for the uncles and aunties! Sumarli’s voice is warm, smoochy [think Englebert Humperdinck]. ‘Sang Perindu’ is Easy Listening, with a touch of the gentle side of 1950s Cuba. Why Cuba? Because Element Tree’s Ateq is playing Timbales, the sound of which immediately conjures up visions of men wearing suits or flowery shirts and women in print dresses dancing close together in sweaty, smoky Cuban nightclubs.
Danny said, “Who’s really made it big in the States, from here? Zee Avi. Why? Because she’s Zee Avi, and there isn’t another one! She’s true to herself, with her own quirky sound, and people here picked up on that.”
Shockwave Entertainment said the As Blood Runs Black tour is postponed to September 2012, adding to please stay tuned for further updates.
Andy said getting the footage is about 50% of the work. “Editing is where you show your work and make the impact. Since this is a concert, we will use original sound, so it will all depend on the quality of the audio recording and the angle that we shoot. We will use four cameras, including the Go-Pro, so we hope to capture lots of footage. There will be four of us filming.
Chef Leo said , “Help me tell people about Bella, about what we do. Tell them about the people who work here, the personalities. Tell them how we’re a family, so they know who will take care of them. Tell them about our relationships with local producers, tell them…”
Chneoh Beng Hin, aka Carlos, is founder of clothing line AFRAID. “I do it for the love of the music,” Carlos said. He works with his younger brother Sky. “It was Sky who picked out the name ‘Afraid Clothing’,” said Carlos. “I thought it was a cool name for a clothing line. So we stuck with it. The business started just this year, although we have been preparing it for about one year.”
I didn’t intend to blog about Jiaja [brothers Nazri JI and Naza AJA] when I went to listen to them at Station One cafe in Suria Sabah. But they said […]
The Jazz Sounds of Teresa Teng is an album of songs which were previously sung by Taiwanese pop icon Teresa Teng, and now presented to us by Malaysian singer Winnie […]
There’s something a little adolescent about being in a band. It’s like four boys who get together and argue and act like a really bad family. But then the music comes out and it’s a little bit different, it has a little something that it wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s always like that. When I go to hear bands, a lot of times I can tell whether it’s really a band or not. They could be the greatest players in the world, but they may not be a band. There’s a big difference. Joe Ravo, guitarist.
“I do workshops, to introduce my drums. I say that everybody has the potential. Don’t look down on yourself. If you really want to do something, if you really put the heart and the effort into it, you can definitely make your dreams it come true. But there’s no shortcut, and there’s no magic. It doesn’t take 1-2 days, it doesn’t take weeks. It takes years. This took me 15 years.
Sound engineer Stephen Lim said in a show with lots of different artists, you can use presets up to a point. Along with the musicians, the sound and lighting crew have to work “on the fly” to some degree, since live, improvised music means no backing tracks, and limits the amount of preparation possible.