Excerpt: Datuk Peter Pragas

[Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2013. 11-13. Print.] DATUK PETER PRAGAS The grass cutters sang their folk songs; I imagined what it would be like to embellish and make extensions to this native music. Datuk Peter Pragas. November 2 2009, Kota Kinabalu. When I first visited Datuk Continue reading Excerpt: Datuk Peter Pragas

Excerpt: TIAN LONG – The Hakka Singer

After a decade of challenges in the Malaysian music industry, graphic designer Tian Long had given up on making a living through music. Then he made a funny animated video about being a Hakka Chinese guy pleading with his girlfriend not to go to England. His YouTube inbox was flooded with messages from thousands of Continue reading Excerpt: TIAN LONG – The Hakka Singer

Excerpt: THE STORY OF KIDZ

A group of waist-high kids being adopted by a music mentor, to be tutored at his home? Seems unthinkable doesn’t it? Moses De Silva, a double bass player in Kota Kinabalu, was my translator in this interview. Warning: a bit of politically incorrect joshing between school friends here. [Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music Continue reading Excerpt: THE STORY OF KIDZ

Excerpt: The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

My friend Yap Keng Vui translated all the conversations with Teo Seng Chong, and I have so much to thank him for. Teo Seng Chong arrived in Sabah in 1986 at the invitation of Tshung Tsin Secondary School (TTSS), to bring Chinese orchestral music into Sabah. He is now Head of Music at TTSS, and Continue reading Excerpt: The man who brought Chinese orchestra to Sabah

DJ’s Sensational Seafood comes to Kooralbyn

When Darrell Jones posted to the Kooralbyn Facebook community groups to ask whether anyone was interested in deliveries of fresh seafood, the response was a big “Yes!” So Darrell and Jarrelle Jones (yep, their names almost rhyme) drove all the way from Upper Coomera to Kooralbyn a few Sundays ago with their fresh seafood, and Continue reading DJ’s Sensational Seafood comes to Kooralbyn