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: Sunset Symphony – Music in a Kudat paradise

The photographs in the book were better, supplied by the Sabah Tourism Board. But Kudat manages to shine, even with what I have here. [Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2013. 44-50. Print.] Kudat. This is the place where my great-grandparents first arrived in Sabah. It was the Continue reading Excerpt: Sunset Symphony – Music in a Kudat paradise