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I’ve selected some comments here. Single-word ones like Thanks! Good work! Dope! are skipped unless they come from somewhere unusual. Where the comment was quite strong, the opinion was put in a Facebook note, and we ran the link.

Your comments about each other are very moving. There’s a lot of care out there!

Post. Gordon Pan | making guitars for our working musicians
Lorna Timbah (@webgrrrl)

Submitted on 2012/08/12 at 3:59 pm

Am I the only one who noticed that you don’t have a Tweet button? This is such an excellent article — I never realize how many big talents we have in Sabah.

Post. Trust and Humanity | Gordon Pan’s guitars for Hillary Ang and Sonny Bahari
Submitted on 2012/08/09 at 7:47 am

very very nice! love to read it again & again!

Post. Gordon Pan | making guitars for our working musicians
Hillary Ang
Submitted on 2012/08/01 at 7:17 pm

He’s my Bro. I am glad there is an article done on him since I have acknowledged him so many times in the CDs I was involved in and people asks “who is Gordon ?”. Now I can tell them to look up this blog.

Rosly R T Jr
Submitted on 2012/07/27 at 1:36 am

He’s the best studio sessionist in KK. 40 Over Albums Can’t Be Wrong!!

Post. TEO SENG CHONG | The man who brought the Chinese orchestra to Sabah

Submitted on 2012/07/26 at 12:15 pm

I knew Yap! My senior, Mr Teo was my teacher back then, I used to watch the Chinese Orchestra and the concert band a few times a year when they perform in school.

Post. Email from Harvard University
Submitted on 2012/07/18 at 7:30 pm

Very impressive.

Post. Pandemonium as Momain Blues Rocks Sabah Golf & Country Club

Submitted on 2012/07/16 at 7:48 pm

Momain Blues.. awesome as always

Post. KK Jazz Festival 2012: Peter Lau’s mini-drums: ‘it’s the journey, that’s what I like’
Submitted on 2012/06/23 at 4:41 pm

Thanks alot Joanna!!! you’re “SUPER”!!!!!

Post. KK Jazz Festival 2012: Days 1 and 2. What A Wonderful World
Johnny Rodgers
Submitted on 2012/06/22 at 11:25 am

[…] “For ‘Jailhouse Rock’ Roger Wang got on stage! Johnny became The Pelvis, then Joe and Roger pointed their guitars at Johnny in machine-gun fashion, and twanged him full of holes…” – Joanna Funk, SabahSongs Music Blog, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Read Article […]

Post. KK Jazz Festival 2012: Days 1 and 2. What A Wonderful World
Genevieve Wong Frezer
Submitted on 2012/06/20 at 8:19 am

Rio Sidik made a lot of women go wild on that night

Post. Bands show for GMG Media’s Rockfest Marathon weekend auditions rain and shine
BRo Langau
Submitted on 2012/06/11 at 9:06 am

thank u mam…

Post. Listening to Maria Campbell
Submitted on 2012/06/08 at 10:53 pm | In reply to tin.ots.

I will re-lead the post. The lyrics are great.

Post. Listening to Maria Campbell
Submitted on 2012/06/08 at 8:55 pm

So everything started over again
what we used to be and still strong as it is
lets forget all about the past
move forward and incinerate everything that moves
and there’s nothing we can do

Rush now to the oblivious sky
casting down a never ending catastrophe
what we thought is real
a wall of never ending dellusion
is this the end?

This is thy fear itself
detorioration of once mind
never been and never was
So where now to begin?
This long hatred is breaking loose

Who did it?who did it?
everything that cant be answered
One book, One source
A stand to our morality

Worship the stones
source of misinformation
tools that conducted for greed and chaos
atonement to all individuality

This is goodbye to the truce which didn’t last
This is the start of a truce that will never end

O’ Hell is breaking loose
Angels and demons within a chaotic throne
whispers and answers will be revealed
a new world damnation
a leaders eyes
a code of the beast planted within our embroinic cells
demented in time which we dwells on
forgotten, fragmented, erased knowledge which we possessed

Demented in time which possessed
Demented in time which we dwells on

Post. “Honeydew” by Beverly Rachel. You’ll want to be her Valentine
Submitted on 2012/05/11

gosshh…its really does sounds good to the lyric..fighting! Beverly 🙂

Post. UK’s Calum MacColl, Keith Duffy, Steve Barney talk – in Sabah!
Submitted on 2012/04/25 | In reply to Zekiel.

Ya Zekiel. I didn’t know who the band was until I actually met them. They were so down-to-earth and normal. I guess when you’re good there’s nothing to prove, huh?

Post. UK’s Calum MacColl, Keith Duffy, Steve Barney talk – in Sabah!
Submitted on 2012/04/24

damn! some of these guys are grammy winners and have worked to some of the top music acts in the world! Should’ve bought myself the ticket to watch them live. bummer

I really thought that Ronan Keating is only coming alone oh..never knew that he’ll bring his band along..

Post. Roger Wang’s custom-made Crossover Nylon Guitar, made by Sabahan luthier David Chin
David Chin
Submitted on 2012/03/30

Hi Joseph Cozza,
It so happens that i am currently building a Famenco Blanca. The design is based on the Marcelo Barbero 1937 flamenco guitar with slotted headstock. its built with Australian timber to meet the specific requirement of an australian client. I mainly build with traditional woods ie. Western red Cedar/spruce and Indian rosewoods for back and sides and with mahogany neck.
We can chat more about your specific requirements.
Please visit my website or email me at

Post. Roger Wang’s custom-made Crossover Nylon Guitar, made by Sabahan luthier David Chin
Joseph Cozza
Submitted on 2012/03/30

Greetings, David . i’m very interested in your approach and philosophy about lutherie. i’m a left-handed player and its difficult to find a Flamenco Blanca unless i go off-shore and order a custom lefty and then find that they are not interested in building one unless my name was Paco De Lucia!. can you help

Post. Lounge piano at Bella restaurant. Thanks Chef, it’s been great
Submitted on 2012/04/01

It was our delight to discover you the very night this was video taped. Ummmmm the music was great and Nic was absolutely delighted too as he’s a jazz lover. Truly enjoyable and you’ll definitely see us more often to enjoy your music.

Post. Dayang Noraini. The task of appeasing family while reaching for your dream
Submitted on 2012/03/13

Superb. Getting better n better. Go n fly Dayang….talent itu anugerah Illahi. Jgn disia2 kan….Bravo to bro Lee too……!

Post. Writing English lyrics for Dayang Noraini
Submitted on 2012/03/09

Real nice .. Big TQ to you actually Joanna for agreeing & willing to help out


Submitted on 2012/03/12

Two thumbs up! Tq so very much again for ur willingness to be the (English) lyricist for my next project. So excited about it & can’t wait to see how it sounds like in the end. Shall do my very best to carry the song as nice as i possibly can.

Post. The Science of Art: Meet Nasier Lee, Photographer
Submitted on 2012/01/22

Awesome photography, those internal feeling are nice! Good job!

Chris Pereira.
Submitted on 2012/01/21

awesome pictures! we all should do a photo walk 1 day!

Post. You say Goodbye [2011] and I say Hello [2012] Momain Blues and Jiaja at Bella
Chris Pereira.
Submitted on 2012/01/08

It sounded like an EPIC night!! aaahhhhh

Sonny Bahari
Submitted on 2012/01/03

Oh! JF, you’ve done it again! This time you have set the tone for MB’s 2012. i hope the feeling’s as optimistic & positive for you too. BEST WISHES & A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. THX SO VERY. VERY MUCH!!!! – Sonny B

Post. 2011. The year in review
Submitted on 2012/01/05

KK Jazz Fest, the event in which we met for the first time. Thats the best event I’ve experienced in 2011. Love this post Joanna, let see whats in store for 2012.

Nasier Lee
Submitted on 2011/12/30

It’s a lovely post Joanna..=) I’m honored to be working with you this one whole year, it’s been a productive year for me and through this experience i shall come up with the next big thing next year…=)

Submitted on 2011/12/30 in reply to Nasier Lee.

I love your work, and the WAY you work. See you soon, Nasier

Leslie Chin
Submitted on 2011/12/30

We slog and hope to achieve something out of life. When we started publishing the Sabah Property magazine 5 years ago, we never dreamt that music would one day be a part of it. But my love for music was always first and meeting up with Joanna was just pure fate.

How does property and music tie up? It’s all down to the basics of vibration. Strings to be more exact! Buildings and architectural designs must all harmonize to it’s surroundings to not only make it pleasing to the eye, but also to make it safe – physically and structurally.

If you have watched documentaries on Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse “Gallopin’ Gertie” – or The Earthquake-Proof Tower in Japan – Secret Revealed – you will probably understand what I mean. Hey, a loud high pitched voice of a singer can shatter glass, so don’t you underestimate why it is important for people in property to know music. There you have it!

Leslie P. F. Chin – Sabah Property magazine

Post. DSD Sabah. Shockwave’s Chee brothers establish themselves as serious event managers
Submitted on 2011/11/10thanks joaana~!!^.^
4AG love u…ha~!!ha~~ha!!

Submitted on 2011/11/11

Thanks Mdm Jo! Her Name is Amy Dangin. She’s also Karuk’s (Dangbandangs) sister.

Post. Video. “Forget Not” Merdeka song competition winner
Chris Pereira.
Submitted on 2011/10/08

after 2 years, its still moving! thank you so much Joanna!

Post. Exclusive story. Didi Moo in Korea’s MBC Star Audition Season 2
Kyungsan Dj
Submitted on 2012/01/15

when do they make the audition for MBC talent on 2012?

Submitted on 2012/01/15 In reply to Kyungsan Dj.

I’m afraid I don’t know. Here is the wiki entry for MBC TV channel. Maybe you can start from there. There’s a lot on youtube too. I think Didi found the MBC Youtube invitation

Submitted on 2011/09/23

Congratulations to her. She is definitely deserving it. No doubt. I would say she is really really talented and she got a nice voice. I wish her all the best!

Nonie Vali
Submitted on 2011/09/23

Wow.. all the best girl! God bless!

Insight Sabah.
Submitted on 2011/09/27

Thanks for the lead.

Submitted on 2011/10/13

is she still on the competition?

Submitted on 2011/10/13 in reply to Vals

Hi Vals. No, she’s out of the competition now, and into her Music degree studies at UMS. But it was a great growth experience for her, and she’s keen to have another go, with JADE Sisters, next time

Submitted on 2011/10/15

something must be done about the hair. she’s so sweet and talented tho

Post. Video. Noize Coalition! Do you dare to hear it?
Project Indieband Sabahan.
Submitted on 2011/08/12

Good Job Guys!!

Post. Tian Long is in the World Hakka pop music finals in China
Project Indieband Sabahan.
Submitted on 2011/08/10

Good Job

Post. 4AG is KK’s Chinese metal band
Submitted on 2011/08/02

how do i contact this group. i’m interested to invite them to my karaoke for a show. pls anyone help me. tq

Submitted on 2011/08/03 in reply to kumar

Hi Kumar, you can contact me at this email address, Thanks for your interest. talk to you soon. And thanks Joanna.

Post. Shockwave brings moshers to Cowboy Bar, Asia City
Submitted on 2011/07/27

great photos!

Submitted on 2011/07/28 in reply to antaldamian

Glad you like them. They come from two photographers:
Brandon Christian, co-founder of Quick Reverb, based in KK and he specialises in this kind of scene.

The other is Vivian of Vivalova Hardcore Therapy. They are photographers and videographers based in Labuan, and wear several “hats” — this is the band scene. They have a wedding brand too. There are links to both photographers’ works in the post.

LadyshutterBugz Vivalova.
Submitted on 2011/07/27

It was a great experience…. great article!

Sasaki Kojirou
Submitted on 2011/07/27

I saw you!:D I sat beside the bar too realizing very well that I’m breathless in the crowd. Nice review:D keep it up!

Post. Introducing Shockwave Entertainment – Amos and Nuk
Simone Stewart
Submitted on 2011/07/16

Fantastic article. Glad to hear that music is alive & well in KK. The Chee brothers are going to make the world dance for sure. Go for it. Proud of you both! Melbourne, Australia.

Submitted on 2011/07/16

Hi Simone! We surely hope to make the world dance one day! Thanks for the support! =)

Post. Mega Boogie sets up trussing and lights at 5th KK Jazz festival
Peter Lau
Submitted on 2011/06/20

Those “Great” people who works so hard for us to perform, that they never get any hand clap!!! but they still go on. I really “RESPECT” them!!!!

Richard Heng
Submitted on 2011/07/01 in reply to Peter Lau.

True! Furthermore, if we made a mistake which organizers wouldn’t want, they’ll give us real **** about it! If we put up a hell of a show, there are no thanks given and all the credits goes to themselves! hahahahaa

Post. Day 1. 5th KK Jazz Festival
Tay Cher Siang
Submitted on 2011/06/18

Thank you for your well written entries. We are honored to be invited to the KK Jazz Festival, at the same time we are glad that you covered it so thoroughly in your blog. Keep it up!

Submitted on 2011/06/19

Hey! You are so welcome. I will write a bit more about WVC Trio + 1 in Day 2, since you supported Bossa Princess, so that will be nice. Sad that we didn’t speak, but I did have a good chat with your bassist Vincent. Keep in touch.

Submitted on 2011/06/19

This is the best musical event I have ever been to. Great performance by artist, smooth flow of the event. I would love to go again for the 6th.

Post. Roger Wang and Friends fundraiser at Sabah Trade Centre
Submitted on 2011/05/08

Hehe. Thanks, Joanna, for attending our fundraising concert. It’s great to see you there, and thanks for the wonderful report of the event. The artistes had given their minds and hearts and souls to the performance. God bless everyone!

Post. Stageless @ Starbucks
Bro Langau.
Submitted on 2011/03/27

yeahhh…i like to see our crowd support local act..:)

Post. Sabah Cultural Board dance demo at the Kinabalu international school
Rolf Reimers from Bremen, Germany
Submitted on 2011/03/11

2007 we have invited the Sabah Cultural Board for the Musikschau der Nationen. We want to invite this group again for our show 2012. our contact person at this time was mr. rusman abdullah. I think his is no longer on duty? Please can you give me the name and e-mail from the person who is responsable now.

Submitted on 2011/03/11

Hello Rolf Reimers. I will find out for you and get you the contact details. Give me a few days.

Submitted on 2011/03/15

I passed your contact details to the Sabah Cultural Board, and I expect someone will contact you soon. If you don’t hear anything after a few weeks, let me know, ok?

Post. Moses de Silva says RTM Sabah does a lot more than you know for local music
Submitted on 2011/12/03

Hello there,
I have a daughter with a good talent. She can play guitar, keyboard, piano and sing very well in english song. Her favourites song and singer is Taylor Swift. FYI when she was 10 yrs she already composed one english song. (The lyric and melody composed by her self). And now she is coming to 15yrs next year, she has 12 english song composed by her self. The question is, can you help my daughter to make a recording in the RTM?

Submitted on 2011/12/05 in reply to Cece.

Cece, I have sent your comment to the producers at RTM Sabah. If you don’t get an email from them by the new year, let me know and we can try again.

Submitted on 2011/02/22

Yupp. indeed, he got a good point there, very encouraging. but on d other hand for me not all d independent band got d advantage or d privileged to go far becos of d steps dat suppose need to be follow.

Not all d bands can afford in doing those thing liked he said. That’s d different n d risk our local indie bands nor artist need to face. But what he says was true, to get it in d air all d band must work really hard for making a better quality demos, standard n music so dat their stuff can b listen on d radio.

Not all d band specially those who plays in indie or underground scene have d money producing an album by dem self, dat’s why some’s need a little push like promoting they own stuff on d radio perhaps singles or promo track so dat our local listener knows dis kind of stuffs. Just a little push den perhaps eventually those who listened will acknowledge dem then will approach dem to buy their stuffs or even perhaps got d opportunity to play on our local gig or events.

Indie band doesn’t mind being paid or not as long they got d bridge or d platform to promote their own band den they will actually sells their own diy stuffs (CD) to those who wants.

Bandwidth n On9FM is 1 of our independent media for dis kind of stuffs, but it will much nicer if our local radio can give some slots for dis kind of stuffs (dis is just my opinion). Sorry for my poor English or have given a wrong statement or etc.

Submitted on 2011/02/22 in reply to ozie.

It’s a fantastic response. Thanks for reading and writing, Ozie

Omar Shah.
Submitted on 2011/03/19

Hi There,
I am an artiste doing shows around the world. I would love to come to Sabah and do a TV show with your esteem RTM orchestra. All my songs comes with professionally written ten piece charts- Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Sax, Trombone, Alto, Strings, Percussions.

Post. Tian Long, the Hakka Singer
René Barrow.
Submitted on 2011/02/21

Great interview! That’s the key…just have fun!

Submitted on 2011/02/22

Great post! Very encouraging.

Post. Revolution on Motion online media company
Submitted on 2010/12/04

Hey there Joanna!
It’s so nice to read your blog! It’s so nice to know that someone like you and some more others out there notice and appreciate our hardwork! and the words you put into this blog, blogging about us just makes our hope jump up to a whole new level! It gives me/us the “Burning fire sensation” to continue helping on the building up and exposing our talented local artist! To be honest, you’re also doing a great job blogging about the local artist and covering a lot of events happening here! You are indeed a BIG help to our music scene here! Keep up the SUPERB work! I/we hope to also work together with you on up coming events in the future if it’s God’s willing!

your humble friend,

Mitchell Lim Vui Peng
Submitted on 2010/12/05

Hello Madam Joanna!

We’re honored to be mention and highlighted in your blog! Your kind and motivating words will be always remembered and be kept as a motivation among us. When Mike, Ahaz and i started this idea, we never thought it’s going to be this big. Honestly, at some moments, the 3 of us almost gave up. But for what we believe in, helping local talents in Sabah, we strive to do our best. Now with additional friends comes up to the picture, we are more pump up than ever!

Thanks Madam Joanna!
p/s: As amos said, we are looking forward to work with you in the near future!

Revolution On Motion members,
Ahaz, Amos, Angeliegh, Emmanuel, Michael and Mitchell.

Submitted on 2010/12/05 in reply to Mitchell Lim Vui Peng.

Dear Ahaz, Amos, Angeliegh, Emmanuel, Michael and Mitchell.

Such lovely words from you. Well, we got the same heart, huh? I have no doubt there will be opportunities for exciting collaborations in the future. There’s so much going on locally, as we are all telling the world! But the other wonderful thing is that we have DIFFERENT voices: You guys are young, fresh, visual and energetic. I am more like a detective, trying to find that quiet musician’s story hiding away, to capture it in writing.

Let’s do our own thing in our own ways, and enjoy all the results! Have a wonderful time at your busker’s session today!

Peter Lau
Submitted on 2010/12/15

To Revolution On Motion members,
Ahaz, Amos, Angeliegh, Emmanuel, Michael and Mitchell!

I always want to say this: people always ask me, you know when you choose this road (music) is always very hard. No fix income! don’t know when is the next gig is? don’t body ever care how much time & $$ you spend on your instruments & practice. sometimes you play for hours and get nothing!! but We still Move On. why!! because We don’t just Love Music. But the Music is In us. in our Soul, Our Body. that’s why We just don’t care whether is Good or Bad day. our LOVE FOR MUSIC is On & On & On!! This music industries need Crazy People like Us!! hahahaha!!
Keep on my friends!!

Post. Musicians in Sabah. Boleh cari makan kah?
Submitted on 2010/08/16

Its not easy but we must never give up…

Rene Barrow.
Submitted on 2010/08/16

Very good article. It’s given me a lot to think about!

eric exodus.
Submitted on 2010/08/16

I think those musician should never think about profits first. It’s all about talent!

Submitted on 2010/08/16

Salam di bawah bayu ~
Industri Seni / Kreatif Sabah dilihat seperti terlalu ‘kecil’ walhal kita punya kelebihan dari segi keluasan geografi dan jumlah penduduk yang ramai. Kelemahannya ialah kurang permintaan pasaran disebabkan oleh kelebihan itu sendiri. Bagi memanfaatkan kelebihan yang ada, kita memerlukan medium penyampai. Pemasaran / promosi diri melalu media akan dapat banyak membantu. Kita tidak kekurangan bakat, cuma kurang saluran untuk mengetengahkannya.

Satu langkah yang bijak dengan penggiat industri seni kreatif di Sabah saling bekerjasama dan membantu menaikkan industri tempatan.

Impossible is just a words. YES! we can do it
sokong kamurang. hehehe

Submitted on 2010/08/16

KL is industrialized with laws & enactments that spur & regulate the industry which comprise of associations, unions, bodies, media, corporate business entities etc. It has become a Trade Industry earning up to 35million (just for MACP).

Here in Sabah, there is NO INDUSTRY nor fraternal bodies / organizations which fight for the rights of musicians : but nevertheless we can earn a good living in music. The lives of musicians will improve IF & WHEN musicians are ready to make a CHANGE.

Q: Musicians in Sabah: Boleh cari makan kah?
A: Yes. When they become Entrepreneurs. When they become professionals.

Submitted on 2010/08/16

It was a really interesting discussion that night. Idealists and realists speaking up.
Well, it’s hard but not impossible. Nothing pays without effort.

Reuben Raymond
Submitted on 2010/08/16

I love reading this article.

Submitted on 2010/08/16 in reply to Reuben Raymond.

Hello ‘Hidden Gem’ . Keep creating, and I hope to meet the whole gang one day. Something about you guys captures everything we have been talking about – wanting to make good and beautiful things because it strengthens our spirit, not wanting to leave this wonderful place, not dreaming of millions – just wanting to be able to survive and create more, and of course – the music: melody, harmony, feeling, memory and tribute; in English, Malay, Dusun, and maybe even some sign language? Haha. It’s truly been an honour meeting you.

Baha Tungau.
Submitted on 2010/08/26

Whether you admit it or not, music imbeds our daily life, weaving its beauty and emotion through our thoughts, activities and, stop cheating our listeners with just singing without composing. (panazzz2 hehehe)

Alvin MY.
Submitted on 2010/09/02

Joanna, I will be releasing a malay song soon which I co-wrote and sang together with Baha Tungau aka Ateng aka Joannes. He is also a singer-songwriter and later I will let you listen to his songs if you haven’t. ^_^

Post. Impromptu jam session at Eyes and Ears
Submitted on 2010/08/14

nice one…

Submitted on 2010/08/15 in reply to SabahSongs

Yeah, I translate SAYANG KINABALU in Japanese for some festival but somehow it didnt work out and decide to share it online. Have you listen to the Studio version one? Recorded it at Ear & Eye Production.

Post. Video. Recording T Street, Kau Saja Milikku
Submitted on 2010/08/04

i knew reuben since 2006, and i think i know how passionate he is in music, we are quite the same, i mean we are kampung boys who tries to make it big. how we got into music and how we got into r&b hiphop soul music as kampung boys? thats interesting for me, coz i didnt have much friend who shares the same sound and passion when i was back in ranau, i gotta meet a bunch of guys from another kampung to only realize that i got friends out there. for me, reuben, rolln, mern, rapsoul and tstreet – they are just gonna get better, because we have a team now.

Post. Peter Lau, Labuan’s jazz drummer
Submitted on 2010/07/29

Brilliant & Inspiring

Post. Video. Eloise Lau and Roger Wang play Vincent
brandon thomas
Submitted on 2010/07/22

Hai. I like your song. I also school in SMK Lok Yuk and I want to know where you records your song. I also want to record itVictor Ting.
Submitted on 2010/07/22

Hi Brandon Thomas,

It’s nice to hear that you’re from Lok Yuk too and I’m glad to hear that you decided to record your songs.

Our rate is RM 100 per hour. It doesn’t matter what kind of instrument you’re recording, or whether you’re with a band or you’re playing alone, all kinds of recording under the same rate which is RM 100 per hour.

My advise is that, before you start recording your songs, make sure you have enough practice on those songs that you want to record. This is so that later on during the recording, you won’t have to scratch your head, dragging the recording hours.

And also make sure you have a list of songs you want to record written down too.
We provide two types of recording, ‘Live’ and ‘Track by Track’ recording. ‘Live’ recording is the one that most artists/bands would choose for doing DEMO recording which saves time but has lower quality since everyone is playing at the same time. ‘Track by Track’ recording take up more time than ‘Live’ recording since it’s done in such a way that all instruments are played seperately. The final result of ‘Track by Track’ recording has a higher quality due to the low noise recording environment.

It’s up to you to choose how you want to record it. Haha…

If you want to know more about the studio or if you want to have a visit we’re open from Tuesday till Sunday and I’m mostly available in the studio from 12 pm till 6 pm.
We’re right on top of Olde Station in Damai Point.
Give us a call before you come k. This is our number : 088-218395
Good luck! =)

Post. Sunset Symphony at the Tip of Borneo
Submitted on 2011/01/07

Everyone got trolled during this event. Ha ha ha waited for hours in the searing heat for a short, short presentation. Hopefully the next one will be longer, MUCH longer. If need be a fee can be charged, I don’t think anyone would mind.

Peter Lau
Submitted on 2010/07/08

Hi! Joanna!! thanks alot for everything. that’s a real beautifull story. always enjoy reading whatever you write. hmmm, you got that “Magic Hand” hahaha!

Post. Day 2. 4th KK Jazz Festival
Submitted on 2010/07/11

Hi sabahsongs, thank you for posting up this blog. Really great write-up! Even the KKJF 2010 already passed, i still can feel the music in me. Its my 1st time actually to KKJF 2010 and i was having a blast on that night with my friends. Unfortunately, i m unable to come on the 2nd night. But, because of your blog here i can imagine all the great songs, all the great singers & bands performing the jazz music on the 2nd night. Thanks to you sabahsongs!! Not forgetting, our Sabahan’s singer, Rene Barrow. Proud of him! Anyway, do you know where i can buy his CD here in KK? Thanks again sabahsongs! Keep up promoting our local songs! Take care!

Post. Hyatt fringe event. 4th KK Jazz Festival
Datuk Adeline Leong.
Submitted on 2010/06/30

Hi Joanna,
Really enjoyed going through your blog. You are such a prolific writer and truly amazed at how you describe the music – simply mesmerizing! We are so blessed in Sabah to have you here putting into words all the feelings when one listens to beautiful music. Thank you for writing so well about the KK Jazz Festival. The organizers worked hard and are so glad that it went off successfully. Let’s look forward to the 5th Edition of KK Jazz Festival on 17 & 18 June 2011 which will be our 5th Anniversary! Regards, Adeline

Post. Day 1. 4th KK Jazz Festival
Submitted on 2010/06/20

oh joanna, in Ray’s words , ‘you’re too kind, you’re too kind!’ hehehehe. thanks so much for your support joanna, next time i perform i’m so going to dedicate something to youRoslee Haji Wahid [rafiqa roslee]

Submitted on 2010/06/21

Hye SabahSongs. Great pix & write-up. Mind tag this real nice article/post to my FB too?

Submitted on 2010/07/02
From Me & da SENI, UMS Big band .. Tq very much again

Post. Masterclass by Polish pianist Raphael Alexandre Lustchevsky, at Yap Ling’s home
Wilson Wang
Submitted on 2010/05/24

That little boy Warrick, by whom you captured his photo, is my son. Great article. keep up the good work

Post. Alvin MY’s “Learning You” EP launch [Dtk Masidi Manjun talked about the development of local musicians]
Tourism, Culture & Environment Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Datuk Suzannah Liaw
Submitted on 2010/05/04

What you have written reflects the local scenario. We are doing our best to encourage the local entertainment outlets to hire local singers and musicians but they themselves must make an effort to be current and have a wide repertoire of songs and also able to market themselves.

Rene Barrow
Submitted on 2010/05/05

Great article! I agree that there are many talented Sabahan singers but they don’t necessarily understand what their voices are doing. The difference between a singer and a vocalist is that a vocalist understands what he/she is doing. When we understand what to do with our voices, how to produce different types of sounds, and are able to work on diction, articulation, intonation and phrasing, then we can start to become more attractive than other countries/states.

I believe that Datuk Masidi has a real heart for the musicians and singers of Sabah, and that’s probably why he has hired me to work for the Sabah Culture Board. Next week I will be taking the musicians and dancers of the Sabah Culture Board through a week of Beginners Vocal Technique, which I hope will be the first of many ways that the skills of Sabahan singers will be improved.

Submitted on 2010/05/07

Sigh. Don’t you just hate double standards? Give us a chance man! Of course, some of us have to work on our work ethics, punctuality and reliability. Who will call you again when you don’t show any sense of urgency?

Atama Katama
Submitted on 2010/05/10

Posted by Atama Katama on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rene Barrow.
Submitted 2010/05/27

Rene Barrow.
Submitted on 2010/05/27

ATAMA made a good comment. I guess we’ll just have to see what the future brings, and take it one step at a time.

What I’d like to see in the future is that Sabahans with talent not only make it in Sabah, but in the international music scene. Roger Wang has already shown us that this is possible.

The biggest markets for purchasing music is the US, Japan and the UK followed by France and Germany. My experiment is to focus on selling digital albums and physical CDs to these countries. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks time, my music should be on iTunes in all those places, and within a year, I’ll be able to see if the experiment worked.

Post. Hinava at Ferdinand’s, Magellan Sutera. Who are these guys?
Submitted on 2010/04/12

all of them are from penampang. and the name was correct i think they wouldnt mind doing an interview.

Post. Bajau song competition Pertandingan Akhir Lagu Lagu Popular Bajau
Submitted on 2010/03/24

the biggest prize of the evening which you quoted ‘overall winner’ is actually ‘anugerah lagu terbaik’ , which means ‘ award for the best song’. it would be great if you added your own opinion on how the show was that night also:) i think moses will have more info on this

UP jakarta
Submitted on 2010/07/16


Post. My Story at Starbucks, 1Borneo
Alvin MY.
Submitted on 2010/03/16

Wow! Btw 3rd Dice shd play for My Story too, I believe they hav lots to say and play. It’s wonderful that you know how to express the moment and feeling that you’ve captured in writings Joanna. I feel that this is a very good way to let people know that we hav talents in Sabah and bring them here. At the same time the musicians in Sabah will get excited and do more good stuffs. What we need now is to share, and I hope we’ll get more medias to cover stories like this. You rock!!

Submitted on 2010/03/17

wow. ur writing makes me wanna relive the moment! dopeness! and yes JADE Sisters has been to the studio. more news in April! i’ll make sure u get exclusive 1st hand preview! maybe an in the making moment

Post. 4AG wins Battle of the Bands
Stephen Lim
Submitted on 2010/03/14

Hey 4AG congrats!! Tien Well done man. now lets record an album together? Finally?? hahahaha. hope to see u guys in action soon. Well Done. SABAH BOLEH!!

Peter Lau
Submitted on 2010/03/18

Well done 4AG band! keep up with that “High Spirit” & continue to move on! “Winning” is not so important but, it’s always during the “process” that each of us learn the most! Team-work, Trust, Friendship, Sharing & learning etc! that’s how make your band become NO: 1!!!! keep on “Rocking”!!

Submitted on 2010/03/18

Thanks for your kind words Peter & Stephen, coming from 2 great artists, it’s an honour. Keep an eye on us ya! heheh, from the 1/5 of 4.A.G, Cheers!

Post. Sound engineer Stephen Lim, a Sabahan who made his mark in Hong Kong
Peter Lau
Submitted on 2010/02/22

Hi! Stephen! That’s the best story that I ever read. Hope you still remember me (Meet & chat with you at the KK Jazz Festival!) My Brother Simon Lau is playing the Bass on “Love Scale”. We just listen it together yesterday, I like the arrangement, recording & Mr.Lewis & Andy (bass) is totally Super!

Keep on “Brother” I feel proud of you (Yes! SABAH BOLEH!!)

Alvin MY.
Submitted on 2010/03/10

I really love to read all ur writings Joanna!! Keep it up! I’m all inspired!!

Submitted on 2010/03/13

Stephen, now you are like to what Michael Au is to you! TEACH ME! LOL!! Keep up the great work!

Submitted on 2010/08/23

Another story of success earned by hard work to share with you….[link posted on her blog]

Post. Carol singers in Kampung Hungab
Submitted on 2010/01/04

I’m Daisy’s Second son. Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope To hear more about the Kadazan Traditions

Lily Tann.
Submitted on 2010/01/04

Sound much better than i thought it would be also great blog. Hope some more comments are forthcoming!

Submitted on 2010/01/03

I appreciate your blog very much, by the way im Daisy Tann’s youngest son.

Post. Video interview with Decipher
Submitted on 2009/12/14

my head looks small! hahahah talk about being vain! Thanks Joanna!Innocentclair
Submitted on 2009/12/14
hahahha. nice interview bro..we hope that we will produce the sound that we want with your touch. hahahha

Vincent Pereira
Submitted on 2010/01/01

Well, i am sure glad to see my son having a direction, a target to achieve. I sincerely hope more Malaysians reach their aim in this music industry. We sure lack that. Keep it going

Post. Malaysian drummer Lewis Pragasam
Submitted on 2009/11/28

Lewis, the western audience are difference than ours, here most like look up at those with string of paper qualifications, my opinion in music and arts it is the individual talent that count, people like have the strong ability to teach others and make them follow in path. Out there there some similar talent that is avaliable to learnt and follow their path.Victor Ting
Submitted on 2009/12/01
Lewis, it was really to nice to meet such a great musician like you. I really enjoy seeing you “shredding” on the drum. XD And I like your drum sticks too.

Post. Nite of Soul, Sounds of Acoustic
Submitted on 2009/11/16

thank you so much. i appreciate it so much. i hope by having this kinda event somehow flourish the local scene, specially in a higher quality music. thank you SABAH SONGS WORDPRESSnurul khairunie
Submitted on 2009/11/17
i hope there’ll be more of this event to be held here in keningau, in the future. support our local music scene.

Submitted on 2009/11/17

thank you so much for the support. credits for the artists n musicians. support the local artist!

Submitted on 2009/11/17

awesome. good post on this event. bringing the atmosphere through words. though i missed it, got the feel too

Post. Datuk Peter Pragas, legendary RTM Sabah Director of Music
Cheryl Chung
Submitted on 2009/11/05

As a Sabah-born Canadian living in Canada for most of my life, Dutuk Peter Pragas’ music gives me a “flavour” of Sabah, and it connects me to my roots. I will share it with my children, as a means of bringing my culture to theirs. Thank you for the music, uncle!

Submitted on 2009/11/14

As an Australian of Malaysian descent I am proud to say that he is my uncle. I remember my childhood in Penang where he spent hours on the piano, he could play anything, all you had to do was humm the tune. He has always been a gentle, unassuming man and everyone loved him. I have no doubt he has a great deal of music left in him.

Post. Video. Smoke on the water cover, Oswald Perera and Mat Rock
Submitted on 2009/08/26

Dear SS, I think these guys who performed at Halo are great musicians. They just don’t have an avenue to be spotted. May be your great local blog could be much help to them and others to come. I don’t know much about the drummer, but he’s great too. I think the guitar player is excellent. I’ve known him for the past 38 years.I think his name is spelled Oswald Perera (no i ).He’s from Sri Lanka, but now a Sabahan. He’s more into The Shadows stuff. He’s good at it too , instrumentals that is.

Most probably you are the last avenue for them to be spotted, give them the break they so deserve. Not only them but the others too. Cheers to you.

Submitted on 2009/08/26

Mat Rock is a well known and talented drummer. He studied music in UITM and graduated in a drum major. He won the Yamaha Band explosion competition in 1989. The famous singer, M.Nasir who was the judge of the competition had selected him as the best drummer for the competition. His talent is no doubt. M.Nasir started to take him as his drummer and continued to become a famous sessionist. He had a vast experience as a sessionist on drum in peninsula of Malaysia. He can play all kind of music especially jazz and funk. Since 1989, he is actively a back up drummer at almost 90% of solo artistes in Malaysia, such as M. Nasir, Hattan, Samad Lefthanded, Siti Nurhaliza, Rahim Maarof, Aris Ariwatan, Khadijah Ibrahim, Ella, Sharifah Ainni, M. Daud Kilau, Senario, Mas Idayu, Amelina, Nora, Francesca Peter, Aishah, Anita Sarawak, Elaine Kang and many more. He also did recording album with Hattan, Senario, Sharifah Aini, Kris, Rahim Maarof, Aris Ariwatan and uks. One of his memorable events was backing the famous diva, Anita Sarawak during Mega Concert Bukit Jalil in 2002. He is also a good music arranger. At home, he spends most of the time in writing music, practising and he believes that a good musician should have a good ears, know his instrument well, have good command of the musical language and attitude towards life and music.

Submitted on 2009/08/26

Adrian lee Sifu’s is Mat Rock. Adrian is also very talented that he could be able to pass his grade 8 at a very young age. 15 i think?

Post. Jessel Yansalang, Head of Academic, Sabah Institute of Arts
Submitted on 2009/09/15

Hi Jessel:
Siuk juga baca latar balakang ko ni. Glad to see a native running the show at SIA or more specifically, the local ‘academic’ music scene. All the best.

Jessel in reply to Sam
Submitted on 2009/09/21

Thanks Sam. Just doing my best. Thanks for the support.:)

Mina Ahmad
Submitted on 2009/10/02

jessel, u hv a great voice. nuff said. Congrats.

Submitted on 2010/02/10

Inspiring!! I’m a teacher and hell yeah, I want to aspire my students to mold their own dreams – not what their parents want or the society’s ‘standards’. Cheers to passion and dreams!

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. (The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold)

Submitted on 2010/04/08

bro jessel. i proud of you bro. keep up with what you do best. your an inspiration to many sabahans.

Peter Lau
Submitted on 2010/04/09

Hi! Jessel! met you at last year’s Jazz Fest!! You sound like “Miles Davis” hahaha! good work. keep up with your dreams man! I do enjoy teaching. beside teaching my students how to play the drums, most importantly I teach them how to become a good person!

Chee Ming
Submitted on 2011/11/01

Hi Jassel, you are wonderful, Sabahan proud of you.

Post. Oswald Perera. Find your musician’s instinct
Submitted on 2009/09/15

Hi Oswald:
Great write up. I enjoy reading about you and the musical things that you have had to go thru. I think most of us (around the same age) endured this same treatment….except the canning. Haha!…I was canned for other reasons. Keep up the good work!

Johor Laksa
Submitted on 2009/09/15

Quote: “Playing music without passion , is a crime!” Beethoven.

Indeed holding an instrument merely making sound out of it does not serve any justice to both music and the musician. Passion is the fuel that keeps the zeal to strive for excellence burning, and Oswald you are one passionate musician.

Post. My son is not that smart, maybe he can train to be a music teacher?
Submitted on 2009/07/28

How ironic! You need a certain brilliance to excel well in Music. Well that is how far we as a people are from the realities of life!

Johor Laksa
Submitted on 2009/09/03

Try analysing one of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, or work on a 4 – part voice leading questions from any harmony and voice leading text books.(I’m sure you would rather pick algebra)

Wonder why there are still “Occupation Discrimination” in our 21th Century so called “Cultured” society? This however denotes that how our society took music for granted; indeed music (in general) “came” in “free” notably through our tv and radio channels, but much works and efforts are done by musicians, composers and producers to bring good music to the society.

This phenomena can be improved…..with proper music education and music appreciation programs, who can we count on? Musicians and Music educators.

Submitted on 2009/09/03

quote “I’m quite angry. I bring my child to you and now there’s big problem. He likes his music too much, practise practise all the time. Now, he is not doing his real subjects.” unquote

don’t be angry, as your child (and like any other child while at school who possess the ‘kiasu’ attitude) would never allow his/her position to be eroded compared to the other students in his academic terms. Music today is no longer of yesteryears as the saying ‘you will not go hungry neither will you live in a luxurious life, just so so only’. In the higher institution, music faculty have its place and student numbers are increasing year by year.

if your child have that passion, support him/her all the way during the preparation stage, till the performance day. this encouragement will be appreciated by your child deep in his/her heart. Because of my parents’ support for music, I also gave them back my academic excellence.

It is just my personal opinion in support of our son’s passion for music since secondary school, until he run his own music one stop centre.

Post. If you don’t study hard you’ll end up being a musician
Syabil Sarafian
Submitted on 2009/07/21

Hey, I’m a student and I’ve been deprived from my parents from taking music lessons due to the same reason. According to my parents, Musicians are people who would never survive in an economy downfall, but I’ve never really listened to their very lame excuses. I think its pretty unfair to us who are really musically-inclined. They only look at the negative side of being a musician, however, they’ve not seen the real deal of becoming an aspiring musician.

Kaleida Jim
Submitted on 2009/07/28

Most people enjoy music but not enough value it and in times of hardship, economic or otherwise, anything that can lift your spirits is tremendously important. Anyone who tries to make a living as a musician should be given all the support they can get.

I was watching a documentary last week about artists in America during the Great Depression. Surprisingly (to me), the government actively promoted and commissioned art in all its forms at a time when there was little enough money to go round (see

Besides, all the headlines I see aren’t about musicians losing their livelihoods – it’s the high flying banking executives and people with “proper” jobs!