KOTA KINABALU: Street performers or buskers in Kota Kinabalu are gaining the attention they deserve, whether they come solo or in groups.
To name a few, Kinabalu Busker and Loft are some of the street performers who tirelessly sing songs in restaurants around Kota Kinabalu every Friday to Sunday, beginning from 9.30 am to 12 midnight.
Johan Zulkefley, 22, and Salimar Matsari, 27, consider busking a hobby to spend their free time.
According to Johan, their performance starts at their usual spots at Tanjung Aru beach, Teluk Awam Likas, Lintasan Deasoka, and Pasar Ikan Todak Segama, every Sunday.
“The young generation must have a hobby that benefit them, and enable them to stay clear of social problems,” Johan said. His group was formed in 2010 under the Sabah Creative Industry Group Movement (SCIGM).
SCIGM is also the patron of other street performers such as Baraccuda, Busskar, Kinabalu Busker, Borneo Buskers, and Loft.
Their efforts to popularise street music has also caught the attention of the Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
According to him, the launch of My Buskers Corner around the country for the whole year of 2014 proves that buskers have full support from the local authorities (PBT).
Buskers Corner is a positive move taken by the ministry to give buskers a place to perform, he said. – SayangSabah