Voice OUT – Sharing the love at 1Borneo

Voice OUT cd Chris Pereira, Decipher, for Youth Prep in Alamesra Kota Kinabalu

Voice OUT Fundraiser concert at 1Borneo shopping mall Kota Kinabalu musicians perform

[This is the third in a series of posts.  The first and second posts are included below.]

So all this work culminated in the Voice OUT concert in Centre Atrium, 1Borneo Hypermall, July 31 2011.

Youth centre PUSAT BELIA YOUTH-PREP ALAMESRA held a two-day event at 1Borneo, to raise awareness of their facilities and raise funds for their operation. Their leaflet says: “Our Youth Centre is open for all youths. We have a mini-hall, meeting room, wifi, counseling services, legal advisory and so much more, for free!”

It’s a One Stop Shop for Sabah youth, especially those considering leaving home for the first time, with many advisory services.

The concert was all set up when I got there.  Jade Sisters had performed first, followed by Bring Back the Arcade. After saying “Hi” to  soundmen Lazman and Tinus of Mega Boogie, I went into the audience to listen to Donatello.  [Lazman said Mega Boogie supplied equipment for the band, for this event. The main sound system for the event belonged to 1Borneo.]

Donatello played new songs plus their first single ‘Sakura’. Some kids from Youth Prep moved up to the front and cheered them on.

Chris Pereira was pacing around in the aisles. “Must remember my lines…” was etched on his face.  The Voice OUT musicians were on next!

Chris got on stage and took the mic.  He talked about the making of the CD and how all the proceeds will go straight to YouthPREP.  I bought mine, then waved it about so Chris could see it.

Then they were ready.  To warm cheers from the audience, plus onlookers from the second and third floors of 1Borneo looking down into the Central Atrium. 

Voice OUT Fundraiser concert at 1Borneo shopping mall Kota Kinabalu musicians perform

Angel opened with her lyrics:

“Dance behind a curtain,
Feeling so small.
Knowing life’s uncertain,
rather lose it all

An’ thinkin’
of risking everything,
But don’t you know, there’s always Hope?” 

It’s such a good song! Many people in the crowd knew it already,  and by the time those Jade Sisters blasted in with:

“Get up and make something right,  ‘Cos this is your life!”

the crowd were all whooped up.  Man,  I LOVE the way those sisters sing!  Not sure which sister sang that line, but she’s got a VOICE!

Then all the YouthPREP kids were standing, arms up to their guy: Chris P.

“It’s time for the kids to stand up, fist up! 
Hold on to your dreams, live up!
Don’t give up!
This place is big enough for you and me
hold on to your thoughts and ideology
Believe your dreams are more than blasphemy…”

At the end they sang their parts together and in uplifting harmony.

“Open your eyes now! We are the voice of today…”

This is the last chapter in a story about four artists collaborating to make something good.  Or maybe it’s the first chapter in a bigger story about what people can achieve when they have the will to do it.

First update, posted July 26 2011: VOICE OUT. BELIEVING IN WHAT THEY CAN DO

They did it.   Youth did it.

“Take your chances and live your dreams, Just like the stars they will keep on shining”

Eyes & Ears has presented a collaboration between four acts:  Bring Back The Arcade + Donatello + JADE Sisters + Decipher = Voice OUT

“Don’t stand in the shadows. Hey you, get up and make something right, ‘cos this is your life”

It’s a song about all the things we want to be true in the world.

“Hold on to your thoughts and ideology, believe your dreams are more than blasphemy”

It’s a song about helping each other find courage to take a risk and strive for a dream

“And thinking of risking everything, but don’t you know there’s always hope?”

It’s written by young people, performed by young people, and the money raised will all go towards helping other young people who need it even more.

It’s a beautiful song, with beautiful intentions behind it. Well done guys.  I wish my written words could help people hear it,  but for that, YOU NEED TO BUY THE CD.  😀

Make sure to save one for SabahSongs to buy, ok?   We oldies need to acknowledge you and do our part too.

[Song lyrics all taken from the song “Voice OUT”, written by the artists listed above.]


I think this post will be updated a few times before it’s complete. But here’s the initial idea. Chris Pereira, that imaginative man with energy, enthusiasm and passion all thrown in, invited me to Eyes & Ears, because several musicians are getting together to make a song, as part of a compilation album.

So I get to Damai. A bunch of them have clearly been there for a while, and they seem kind of happy and a bit relieved and worn out….

“Sorry,” said Chris. “We’re a bit hyped up. We just finished the lyrics to the song!”

Oh yeah? So the name of the song is….?

“No name yet.”

OK. So how does creative writing happen these days? Do you guys sit together in the studio, sharing ideas, work out chords on a guitar, while humming and scribbling on manuscript…

Chris: “I did my part on my Blackberry.”
Joan [Jade Sisters]: “I wrote mine on my iPhone.”
Angel [Bring Back The Arcade]: “I did mine on my iPad.”

“Saving the trees, bah!” shrugged Chris. Yeah, right Chris! Next time I’m gonna get these kids to show me how they hold a pen. Chris said he wrote his lyrics, and he put his hands in front of him and waggled his thumbs :D.

“Actually, this might be the fastest song I’ve ever worked on,” Chris mused. “The musicians came in. We talked about what the song should be about…”

Which is?

“Youth Empowerment. Positive thinking. Don’t give up on your dreams, lah!”


“So,” he continued, “After we talked about the song, we had a jamming session. Then Angel basically worked out the verse and the bridge. Today we did the lyrics. Now we’ve just got to wait for Donatello to do their part.”

Mitch [Bring Back the Arcade] said that since Donatello is such an upbeat and energetic band, they are thinking that Donatello can take the song to its crescendo in the middle. Nice.

Elsewhere, videographer Jason Bullah was sorting out stuff on his laptop, getting ready to document the session visually. [He looked so familiar but I couldn’t remember meeting him . Later, when I got home, I realised I had seen his picture in one of the earliest Bandwidth editions. The magazine had interviewed him – could have even been Issue 1 or 2.]

I asked him if he could help me with a few stills from his video, and he very kindly emailed me the ones posted here. Thanks Jason.

He’s worked with Chris three or four times, and he’s got some interesting projects coming up. One is with Jon Paradise, and another with RapSoul in a few weeks. Jason’s from Tambunan too – that place has all these talented people – as well as a permanently dry golf course. [My husband and his mates are always going there when every golf course in Sabah is waterlogged, except Tambunan, ‘cos it’s very high up].

Well, if you haven’t seen RapSoul on video, here’s a beautiful piece of work. RapSoul’s cover of ‘Nobody’. Like I said, there’s a lot of talent in Tambunan.

Chris was remembering how Jade Sisters said they never imagined they would work with other bands, and here they are in a collaboration already!

Angel said, “Chris is making dreams come true,” then promptly regretted making such a gooey comment. Actually Bring Back The Arcade is also a pretty new band, they started up a year ago, when Angel and the other band members Mitch and Awang were still at Multimedia College.

I asked the Jade girls how they came up with their lyrics for this song. In their previous interview with SabahSongs, they said there’s no point writing about things which haven’t happened to you – lyrics should be drawn from real experiences, to capture truth in your songs.

In response to my question, Joan said, “First we had to liaise with Angel and Chris and know what they are writing about, and make sure we synchronise with them. This time, the lyrics are not so personal like in our own songs, but still it has to come from the heart.”

It was approaching 5pm, and I was starting to think about cooking the family dinner… time for me to go. I would miss Donatello this time round, but no doubt I’ll get to hear them in this song later.

As I was packing up, lead guitarist [for BBTA I think] Syazwan walked in the door. The backing track was playing in the background. Mitch said, on the backing track, Angel is on keyboards, and Clare did some things with the piano.

“Who’s Clare?” I asked. I didn’t recall seeing another gal.

“Clair – Innocentclair [Malim], from Donatello.”

Ah, I see…

So, more updates to come, plus a review of the song, soon!


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