Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rhythms of Kinabalu back to showcase traditional Borneo music

KOTA KINABALU: The fifth edition of Rhythms of Kinabalu (ROK) 2016 is back with its musical concert that showcases not only traditional Borneo music, but also the diversity of music genres of the various ethnic groups.

ROK 2016, themed ‘Sabah Authentic Musical Concert’, will be held on September 9 and 10 at the National Department of Culture and Arts (JKKN) Sabah Complex auditorium.

The concert on both days will showcase musical instruments made from bamboo such as sompoton, flute, bungkau and saxophone; metal instruments like kulintangan and gong; and wood-based instruments such as gabang and gambus.

Apart from musical concerts, JKKN Sabah has come up with a musical parade as an additional programme in the two-day event.

JKKN Policy and Research Division director Rodzuan bin Ismail said the musical parade, coordinated by Persatuan Anak Wayang Sabah and Kinabalu Amatuer Radio Transmitting Society (KARTS), aimed to uncover young talents in the music industry.

“The musical parade is held in the form of contest in groups by using various traditional and modern musical instruments, including waste products,” he said in a press conference at Hard Rock Cafe at Oceanus Waterfront Mall here yesterday.

The champion of the parade will win RM1,500 cash prize, followed by RM1,000 and RM800 for the first and second runners-up respectively.

“We are working on having the parade from Suria Sabah to Lintasan Deasoka.”

To date, nine groups involving 200 participants have confirmed their participation in the musical parade and more are expected to sign up in due course.

Rodzuan said the programme would display the diversity of music genres from various ethnic groups as well as enhance the appreciation of music amongst Malaysians, especially the people of Sabah.