Local talent aplenty
by Jerry Kamijan, New Sabah Times
Hot & Spicy, Golden Angels, Hotline, Dancing Queen, Eyes on Fire, Hot Chocolate may
not ring any bell other than, maybe, a figure of expression or a product.
they are, as these are actually names of bands discovered and made in Sabah. They
are our home-grown bands from the music to the voice.
manufacturing plant happens to be Sabahs very own Borneo Events
Productions, led by husband-and-wife team, Peter Dicky Lee, an entertainer and singer
himself, and hotelier, Minah Hong.
stable, there are eight bands and most of them, if not all, are performing beyond the
states shores from Penang to Brunei and Sarawak.
such thing was unheard off, as Sabah was flocked with Filipino bands at hotel lobbies,
entertainment outlets, pubs and even private dinner functions.
local entertainment scene has changed
it is unlike before when we had foreign bands,
mostly from the Philippines.
mindset of most audiences has also changed as local talents are on par with their Filipino
counterparts, if not better," says Peter.
demand for local bands is there
from hotel establishments to private parties. Given a
chance, our local bands can shine."
when Sabah used to have talented bands in the heydays but apparently poor marketing,
coupled with a lack of demand did not put where the bands should be.
points out that an important criteria which singers need to have is discipline.
are the days when a bad apple spoils the name of the industry. The bands under my company
do not have that problem," he points out.
about having to compete with peninsula-based bands that seem to get the upper-hand
compared to their Sabah counterparts?
the bands across the sea have the back up from the media, get better publicity than their
counterparts in Sabah, which is normally by word of mouth or a witness account.
dont really get that treatment here and therefore many talented singers remain
relatively unknown," he adds.
Borneo Events, Peter says, they hold talent search like karaoke contests and the
successful singers will be trained and guided and of course, will be taught the etiquette
potential ones will be coached, trained and guided and the dos and donts of stage
etiquette will be spelt out to them," he adds.
all the proper training along with a large repertoire of songs, we can compete. Actually
we have the capacity to compete not just in the Malaysian music scene but abroad as well.
aside, there is a huge market in the entertaining business as demands for bands come
instance in Sarawak, bands remain a popular showcase for pubs, lounges and hotels to
attract more customers.
For a town
like Sibu, there are no less than five bands performing and there are few more nightspots
seeking such bands with members vary from a trio to a full-band.
is one market where bands are in demand. The same goes with other places like Brunei,
Labuan and of course peninsula. And then, we have the overseas market," says the
veteran singer whose experience in the field spans over 20 years.
I have acquired and experienced, Im now imparting on my singers. They have to earn
their respect first before they can look beyond the horizon.
need to broaden the repertoire of songs from different languages with strength in the
English numbers," he adds.
dont need five years to have a full-fledged Sabah band to perform overseas," he
will tell. For the moment, for anyone who cares to see an all-local band performing, that
is the Hot & Spicy band, can do so at the Yaaha Cowboy Bar at Asia City.