KOTA KINABALU – Four talented musicians played traditional Chinese music and charmed the crowd at Oceanus Waterfront Mall.
EC Band or Electric Cultural Band used Chinese traditional instrument such as the Guzheng, Xinjiang Dap Drum and erhu to serenade the crowd with Chinese folk music. To add variety to their repertoire they also played Malay songs and a mix of Pop music.
One of the interesting thing about the band is that all of them are teachers but they perform regularly in Sabah and Taiwan through invitation.
“All four of us learn how to play the Chinese traditional instrument since we were young. We only started the band in 2004 and performed in many places. Last year we performed in Taiwan,” said the leader of the group Simon Kong to SayangSabah after their performance at Oceanus Waterfront Mall, yesterday.
Simon who is also a famous Sabahan Chinese music composer is married to a Guzheng master from Taiwan; Liu Yen. His wife is the only female member in the group.
“For me Chinese music instruments are delicate and beautiful. The sound and music from the instruments can touch people’s heart and that is the beauty of this music,” he said.
When asked if youth are interested to listen or learn the traditional Chinese instruments; Simon said that many of his students in Tshung Tsin Secondary School are keen to learn.
“Many of my students show interested in this type of music and it makes me happy just to know that Chinese folk music is well received by the younger generation,” he added.
If you want to listen to the organic, different and soothing sounds from the EC band come down to Oceanus Waterfront Mall on Feb, 28 and March, 1 to check out their performance. There will also be other performances such as China acrobatic and Zumba. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah