Thursday, July 24, 2008

5,000 to attend Gambus Festival in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The ninth state-level Gambus Festival to be held at the Sipitang Community Hall from tomorrow is expected to be attended by about 5,000 people.

The annual programme, which will gather more than 200 traditional musicians, is organised by the Sabah Brunei Community Association (PMBS) with the cooperation of Sabah Tourism Board (STB).

PMBS publicity committee member Saat Awang Damit, when met yesterday, said the festival would feature four competitions — adult ‘gulintangan’, youth ‘gulintangan’, group ‘gambus’ and solo ‘gambus’.

Seven teams will compete in the competition, including six representing Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Bongawan, Membakut, Beaufort and Sipitang, while Sandakan qualified automatically.

“There will be stiff competition from the Kpg Benoni team representing Papar to retain their Gambus category title and the defending Gulintangan champion team from Kpg Kalansanan (representing Kota Kinabalu),” he said.

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