Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival - A lot of untapped musical talents

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s musical talents have caught the eye of an American producer and singer who feels they have great potential.

“Sabahans possess an incredible amount of untapped talent in music,” said musician Bobby Taylor who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson and Shania Twain.

“I heard a girl singing last night (Thursday) and my, she can really sing. All I could tell her was to stop singing from the nose and use her diaphragm. She was that good,” he said at the KK Jazz Festival press conference yesterday.

Taylor said some other singers whom he had a chance to hear sing were also very good and all they needed was a place to unearth their talents, to explore what they can do and be heard.

“People need to hear them sing. Music needs to be heard and these singers have to be given a chance to actually sing,” he said, referring to the lounge band of a resort here.

Taylor is among dozens of singers invited to perform at the ninth KK Jazz Festival here today.

He commended the festival organisers for their effort in introducing jazz to the people and to help local talents showcase what they can do.