Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bamboo Festival 2014: Native music deserves recognition

TAMPARULI: Native music deserves greater recognition as it is an integral part of Sabah’s priceless cultural heritage, said Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

“Traditional music, including the various songs and dances has helped bring people together and forms a vital part of way of life especially among Sabah’s diverse ethnic communities,” he said in his speech at the Bamboo Festival 2014 here yesterday.

The text of his speech was delivered by Kiulu Assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai who is also Sabah Tourism Board chairman.

He also pointed out that the promotion of native music is crucial to ensure its survival and preservation for the future generations.

Masidi noted that Sabah native music has a distinctive, unique sound which has gained international recognition through various cultural shows.

“It is vital that we give full support to the endeavours in preserving and developing the traditional music,” he said, stressing the need to teach and inspire the young people to play, compose and perform traditional music.

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