SIMON KONG : Fusionist composer, Chinese orchestral music

“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.

Trust and Humanity | Gordon Pan’s guitars for Hillary Ang and Sonny Bahari

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.

Chinese painting of happy, musical tadpoles and frogs Teo Seng Chong

TEO SENG CHONG | The man who brought the Chinese orchestra to Sabah

[SabahSongs thanks Yap Keng Vui for translating all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong in this post.] Related story Shanghai…

Pandemonium as Momain Blues rocks Sabah Golf & Country Club

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].

As Blood Runs Black in KK: “Trust and Believe. It applies to everything.” Carlos, Afraid Clothing

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.”

Johnny Rodgers Band | boys from New York City

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.

KK Jazz Festival 2012: Peter Lau’s mini-drums: ‘it’s the journey, that’s what I like’

“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.

KK Jazz Festival 2012: Days 1 and 2. What A Wonderful World

It’s hard to believe that the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is held on the tennis courts of Sutera Harbour Resort. There are covered chairs and tables, it’s a plush, upmarket and intimate setting. Co-Organising Chairman Roger Wang [SPArKS] said: “After six years, we’re hoping we’ve got the mix right now.This year, we have some tables, some rows of seats, but there’s space to walk around for that feeling of freedom at a festival.”


CALUM: To be a musician is a combination of stupidity and obsessiveness. I started playing from about seven. From about 11 to 18 I did nothing else but play. KEITH: Like the fame or success is just a by-product of what they do, if they do it well. For me, it’s just about getting better at what you’re doing. STEVE: My parents never said, ‘You need to get a proper job or further your education.’ My dad wanted me to be a rock drummer! I’m not doing it for him, but I am doing it because he was supportive, and I was very lucky like that.

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“I’ve spent the last four or five years working on concept albums, and now I’m ready to write a new album. I’ve started writing for it, and it started with a folk feel, but has developed more into a singer-songwriter, with kind of a rock feel to it. I think that’s what happens with albums, they change; you start writing something but later it ends up being something else.”

Didi Moo on the news with Datuk Masidi Manjun for entering MBC Star Audition

Datuk Masidi Manjun said to SabahSongs in an email: “Convey my congratulations to her [Didi]. I am very proud of her achievement and wish her continued success in the competition. As a token of my Ministry’s appreciation of her effort in ‘selling’ Sabah to the Koreans I have asked my Permanent Secretary to approve and issue a cheque of 2,000 ringgit to Didi Moo to enable her to prepare for the next round of the competition.”

Thrashed Guitars, Slammed Bodies: Shockwave Entertainment Hits KK

The crowd was heaving now, strobe lights showing glimpses of the moshers’ leaping bodies thrashing, crowd-surfing. The Cowboy Bar in Asia City was as it was supposed to be, today: dark, smoky, sweaty, and throbbing with excellent sound, local bands giving it their all on stage, and slamming bodies in the middle of the floor.

5th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2011: Day 1. A Dream Come True

Guitarist Safri played a simple haunting melody. Singer DAYANG NORAINI walked on stage, and their voices entwined in a duet of long, spiritual notes which hung in the night air, clear and hypnotic. Shimmering cymbals lifted their song like a magic carpet, carrying it across the harbour out to sea like a Sabahan prayer. I was honoured to hear it…

Tian Long, the Hakka singer, CD Don't Go England, Interview in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.


A few days later, the Taiwan producer called me again. ‘How much you want for the song?’ At that time, I just started working, you know. I earned RM 1000 plus only! ‘How much do you want?’ I said, ‘I don’t know!’ Because I really don’t know! Honestly, I just want to keep it for myself. Then he said, ‘Make it this way. I will pay you the same rate as the top ranking Taiwanese composer’.
Aiya, I didn’t know what to do. Anyway. I didn’t ask what he was offering, because I really didn’t want to sell.

My Story #5 at Starbucks in 1Borneo is a massive HIT

Then – from his debut album My Tribal Roots, Atama did “Can’t Stop The Sumazau”, and the whole place erupted. Everyone stood up, doing the Sumazau, mating calls filled the air. I turned round and saw Jon Tse’s young videoman, Sam Vun, in the middle of a happy, rowdy crowd, arms outstretched like the wings of a bird. It was completely awesome.

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I needed to share my knowledge and serve my Sabahan people | Resot Iggau, Head of Music, UMS

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.