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
The Year 2012 began with some features of local girls – JADEsisters and Beverley Rachel – as the EP Janji … 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
We are almost there! Click the book cover to read the nice quotes on the back! I’ll be couriering a … 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
This is a Latin ballroom track for the uncles and aunties! Sumarli’s voice is warm, smoochy [think Englebert Humperdinck]. ‘Sang Perindu’ is Easy Listening, with a touch of the gentle side of 1950s Cuba. Why Cuba? Because Element Tree’s Ateq is playing Timbales, the sound of which immediately conjures up visions of men wearing suits or flowery shirts and women in print dresses dancing close together in sweaty, smoky Cuban nightclubs.
The Jazz Sounds of Teresa Teng is an album of songs which were previously sung by Taiwanese pop icon Teresa … More
Why can’t I write lyrics like this?
“Rush now, to the oblivious sky,
casting down a never-ending catastrophe…
What we thought was real was a wall of never-ending delusion…
Is this the end?”
“Sekian Lama” is simple and lyrical for the most part, before building into something richer and more complex towards the end. Devreney is a confident and powerful singer, and her skill gives Matlan all the freedom of musical expression he needs, to achieve what he wants with this track.
“Setiap Waktu” starts like a folk-ballad, so striking in its simplicity. Sparse piano chords and gentle guitar picking provide a carpet over which a cello pulls long dignified notes, and the hint of an oboe voice appears just in time to lead into the main part of the song.
Jangan Ambil Dia/Bukan Aku | Until The End of Time/Not Me, new EP by Dayang Noraini The new EP by … More
Are my lyrics really clever, oblique and alternative? Are the sentences unusual, ending in the middle of the next line, with subtle rhymes which are almost missed? No. Music is not just about melody, nor just about lyrics. It’s about all that and more. In this case, the ‘more’ is DAYANG NORAINI. It’s about her ability to infuse meaning and commitment to her delivery. She makes the song
Also from Element Tree Music House Element Tree Music House presents lovely new singer “WEN” KIdZ! “Di Hari Raya” and … More
So, when 18-year-old Beverly Rachel Matujal came to Eyes and Ears to record one of her original songs because her friend said to send it to hitz.fm, Chris Pereira got on the phone to Tonedeaf Stephen [I know right? And he’s a sound engineer] and said something like, “OMG, get over here Tonedeaf! We have to do something with this!” Tonedeaf was quite effervescent. “It’s really exciting to find somebody like that! She knows music…
This is my advice to every Sabahan guy who is living somewhere in the world OUTSIDE SABAH: Get hold of … More
January began with Bro Langau’s On9fm’s Mini Jam and 1st Birthday, where I was honored to sit on the same … More
This appears in December’s Sabah Property Magazine, distributed throughout Malaysia. Click on each image once, let it load, and then … More