“Sekian Lama (Melepaskan Cinta)” by Devreney, from Element Tree Music House

“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” by Sasqia, from Element Tree Music House

“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.


CALUM: To be a musician is a combination of stupidity and obsessiveness. I started playing from about seven. From about 11 to 18 I did nothing else but play. KEITH: Like the fame or success is just a by-product of what they do, if they do it well. For me, it’s just about getting better at what you’re doing. STEVE: My parents never said, ‘You need to get a proper job or further your education.’ My dad wanted me to be a rock drummer! I’m not doing it for him, but I am doing it because he was supportive, and I was very lucky like that.

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“I’ve spent the last four or five years working on concept albums, and now I’m ready to write a new album. I’ve started writing for it, and it started with a folk feel, but has developed more into a singer-songwriter, with kind of a rock feel to it. I think that’s what happens with albums, they change; you start writing something but later it ends up being something else.”

‘Honeydew’ by Beverly Rachel. It’s beautiful, you’ll want to be her Valentine

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…

Didi Moo on the news with Datuk Masidi Manjun for entering MBC Star Audition

Datuk Masidi Manjun said to SabahSongs in an email: “Convey my congratulations to her [Didi]. I am very proud of her achievement and wish her continued success in the competition. As a token of my Ministry’s appreciation of her effort in ‘selling’ Sabah to the Koreans I have asked my Permanent Secretary to approve and issue a cheque of 2,000 ringgit to Didi Moo to enable her to prepare for the next round of the competition.”