Despite having a list of accomplishments as long as your arm, oboist and conductor Howard Ng can tell a good … More
In 1961 when the Rebels first hit the stage at Jesselton’s Community Center for the 1st installment of Talent Time … More
After my first blog post in this series, I am glad a number of readers came out to comment on … More
“Do not let people tell you that there is no hope for musicians, that they can’t earn a living. That’s … More
When bass player Moses de Silva tagged me in his Facebook status update, I learned that Sabah’s composer and music … More
This made me happy. Alyssa Manjanga came across my book in Times book store in Kota Kinabalu. I remember looking … 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
We are almost there! Click the book cover to read the nice quotes on the back! I’ll be couriering a … More
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 … More
“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.
GORDON PAN is from Tanjung Aru. He’s semi-retired now, and has a hobby. He modifies guitars. Related stories Trust and … More
[SabahSongs thanks Yap Keng Vui for translating all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong in this post.] Related story Shanghai … More
I was searching my emails and came across this from Jan 2011. It made me smile to see it again. … More
“I learnt music at the age when I learnt how to read and write French” Sophie Van Aerde is my … More
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.”
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.”