KOTA KINABALU – Who would have thought that traditional instruments such as the “Kulintangan” could create a spectacular performance and grabbed the World Championship title.
Four lads from Sabah got the chance to introduce the authentic and unique sound of the Kulintangan, an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a laid gongs and made Malaysia, especially Sabah known to the world.
The band who called themselves Rhythm of Borneo represented Malaysia in 2010 at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) that offers aspiring stars; dancers, singers, models, actors, musicians and talents from more than 50 countries across the globe to compete in an Olympic style competition over the course of a week.
Today, the band shared their past experience when competing at the international stage to some of the students of Sabah Institute of Arts and participants who wish to take part in the coming WCOPA audition.
“It is a brutal competition. You need to have a strong will, determination, focus and passion in music and arts as a whole,” said Sharip Zainal one of the Rhythm of Borneo band members.
Sharip pointed out that being creative and different can take you a long way in the competition.
“They (the judges) don’t want to see something common or commercial. They wanted to see something that is incredible and have the ‘wow’ factor,” he added.
For Razali Abdul Rahman who is also a band member being unique could give you a chance to be on the spotlight. He who won the WCOPA promising award recipient believed that staying true to yourself and being passionate are the key to success.
“If you have the passion; it is never too late to try out for the audition because you might never know, you would be named the next World Champion,” he said.
The WCOPA audition will be held on the March 14 to 15 at Sabah Institute of Arts (SIA) in KK Times Square.
If you are a Malaysian, 15-year-old and above and talented all you have to do is just sign-up for the audition with the admission of RM90 per person.
The winner will bring home a medal and RM500,000 of scholarship. Information on the audition can be acquired at 088- 486799- By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah