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

Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

Ethnomusicology scholars have picked up my book SabahSongs: Contemporary Music In Sabah. 😀 The 5th symposium of the International Council of Traditional Music study group on Performing Arts Of South East Asia (PASEA) held their event in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 16-22 July 2018. Thank you Yap KV for showing me these lovely photos. Yap Continue reading Ethnomusicology scholars pick up my book!

Mary Funk, Artist & Illustrator

I first met my cousin Mary Funk-Butterworth ten years ago in London. Then, she was an accountant. The following year, she completed a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, and took up pottery. She’s never looked back. We were two fortysomething women, getting to know each other over big, brightly Continue reading Mary Funk, Artist & Illustrator

Excerpt: Johnny Rodgers Band – The Boys from New York City

[Excerpt from: Funk, Joanna. SabahSongs: Contemporary Music in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu: Opus Publications, 2013. 168-173. Print.] Blame It On My Youth Guitarist Joe Ravo grew up in the Bronx and loved music before he really realised it. “When I was a kid, we used to go to my uncle’s house in the holidays. I was Continue reading Excerpt: Johnny Rodgers Band – The Boys from New York City