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M'sia's first blues music fest
Published on: Sunday, December 31, 2017

Langkawi: The first blues music festival in Malaysia, the Langkawi International Blues and Roots Aseana (Libra), kicked off last night in style with a promise that it will emerge as another major musical event in the country for many years to come.

Langkawi Development Authority (Lada) chief executive officer Datuk Azizan Noordin said although the show would be held until the new year's eve, the first night show had already shown its potential to become another "must" in the island's next calendar.

"Those in their 60s, as well as the younger ones, who come in to the island as tourists, and the locals seem to be enjoying the show and this give a good sign," he said when met at the site of the event at Chenang Beach here.

He said Libra could emerge as another signature event for Langkawi, just like the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, or the international music festivals in Miri (Sarawak) and in Penang.

"In South East Asia, Libra will be another (blues festival) after the renowned Bali Blues Festival (in Indonesia) and we will work together with the organiser there (in Bali) to jointly promote the festivals among the Blues enthusiasts around the world," he said.

Meanwhile, the vocalist of Blues Gang, Ito Mohamad, said the successful organisation of Libra came as a dream come true for him to keep up the interests towards the genre in the country.

"I have longed to see a Blues festival to be organised in the country and it happened tonight," said Ito, who is also the founder of Itos Cottage Music, which co-organised LIBRA.

He said the organisation of the first Libra which managed to rope in the Blues bands from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia would give a good platform to promote the interest and become one of Langkawi's annual attractions.– Bernama

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