It’s been a long time since I posted on SabahSongs. Here is a video of wonderful Double Take Dec 23 … More
This made me happy. Alyssa Manjanga came across my book in Times book store in Kota Kinabalu. I remember looking … More
(I have updated this a few times to add online publications.) My last day in Kota Kinabalu – after virtually … More
Well, here we are. If you have the time to celebrate the launch of OUR BOOK SABAHSONGS, wouldn’t that be … More
I will courier fifty books from Taiwan to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia to fit in a book launch before we … More
Okay. It’s time to let you know that this blog is about to become a book entitled “SabahSongs: Excerpts from … More
It was 3.00 pm at Razz Ma Tazz nightclub, Kota Kinabalu. Outside was bright, inside was dark. U.S. heavy metal … More
“Look, for example, I hate politics. If I want to sing abour that, I don’t want to strum a guitar … More
Yap Keng Vui invited me to Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School [STTSS] to listen to a Chinese orchestra. This was … More
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. … More
Shockwave Entertainment said the As Blood Runs Black tour is postponed to September 2012, adding to please stay tuned for … More
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
It’s mid-year and that time again… the tennis courts at Sutera Harbour Resort are veiled in waterfalls of tiny lights, and this idyllic covered outdoor venue becomes the site of the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival, now in its sixth year.
Rain poured down on Kota Kinabalu city Sunday June 10th, as I was driving around Asia City to find my friend Bro Langau, the most hard-working hero of Indie bands in Sabah.
There’s a slow build before the singer launches in with his madness: “…started over again,” he growls, like a demon from Hell. They start, they stop, they build and build, the pulse changes one way, another way, faster and faster – drums and guitars so together. They punish their instruments, tearing up a phrase again and again, chopping the rhythms, then STOP. Then they build up a new phrase, again and again to finally crescendo out.
“Bringing in an event is always a risky business, especially when you talk about metal and hard core genres: a lot of people just don’t understand that this is music as well. We want people to know that – even though it’s metal or hard core – it’s okay! It’s okay to come and have a good time at a metal show!”
– Nuk Chee, Shockwave Entertainment
“The Legendary Concert 2012” was a concert tour bringing together four titans in Malaysian music today: Jamal Abdillah, Sheila Majid, … More