THE HOT & SPICY
BAND : Jessie, Mimi, Marbun and Ivy
glance, they do not resemble a band whose singers and keyboardist are anyone but Sabahans.
Thats what most guests think too when they first see them on stage at the Yaaha
the notion is automatic given the years the local entertainment scene has been dominated
by Filipino bands.
has changed. The Sabah entertainment scene has undergone a tremendous facelift.
Spicy band comprises three talented female singers, going by their stage names as Mimi
(the band leader), Ivy, and Jessie as well as Abdul Marbun and his deft fingers on the
Marbun, who has some 15 years experience on the melody-churning machine, the lasses have a
mere combined experience of five years on the rostrum.
hard work but I love my job
singing and entertaining the crowd is fun," says
Mimi, the most experienced of the lot on stage.
character, Mimi says she understands when guests who dont know their background
think "we are not locals".
guess we need to sing more local dialect songs to change that perception," she quips.
Mimi says discipline must comes first to be in the entertaining business, with practising
and more practising to get the tune and act right.
course, there is such a thing called keeping fit," says the energetic singer.
entertainer is not just the voice alone that carries weight, she says, as
there is choreography, costumes and of course the music.
confident local bands can go far
we dont want to be just seasonal entertainers.
This is a career," she adds.
a chance to go overseas, we will be there," Ivy chips in, a singer that has just
about two years in the field.
the encouragement an support from my family to go into the line although it was tough in
believe local bands like us are here to stay
we can deliver what the guests are
expecting," she says confidently.
member of the band, Jessie has just been on the job for five months.
love this stint
it is fun. We can show others what we (locals) can do," says
them, they can croon songs popularised by Britney Spears, Tracy Chapman, Westlife to name
a few and also dangdut numbers, Hindustan, Chinese or Kadazandusun songs to
all should give local singers a chance to prove themselves," adds Mimi.
twenty-somethings believe that they are on the right track. But first our perception on
local entertainers should change.
changed. And we should change too.
JERRY KAMIJAN, New Sabah Times