After my first blog post in this series, I am glad a number of readers came out to comment on some minor sequence of events that took place. Since this […]
(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 […]
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 […]
“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.
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.
Matlan Kidz and his Abah; an extraordinary journey from Kudat to KK Extraordinary things sometimes happen in quiet places. In Kudat, at the Northern tip of Borneo Island, a boy […]
Despite having a list of accomplishments as long as your arm, oboist and conductor Howard Ng can tell a good yarn, and be self-deprecating in the nicest way.
Mike and I came across some lads singing a capella in the newly completed Oceanus shopping mall on the waterfront in Kota Kinabalu. Apart from sharing their lovely singing, I’m […]
It’s been a long time since I posted on SabahSongs. Here is a video of wonderful Double Take Dec 23 2015. https://joannafunk.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/sabah-holiday-2015-16-a-double-take-christmas/
In 1961 when the Rebels first hit the stage at Jesselton’s Community Center for the 1st installment of Talent Time finals, they had Hofner V2 guitars. These were solid body […]
This is the first of a series of posts by Gordon Pan on the origins of Western band culture in Sabah. It was around the middle of the year 1960 […]
“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 […]