Tawau band tops second School of Rock contest
Published on: Monday, April 22, 2019
By: Ricardo Unto

KOTA KINABALU: It was a worthwhile eight-hour journey from their hometown to the city as D’Infinity defeated 10 other finalists to dominate the second edition of the School of Rock 2K19 band competition.

The band from Tawau won the top spot as well as several other individual prizes – best drummer, best guitarist and best keyboardist – in the competition.

Band manager Roslee Melali said the band of young musicians was established in 2017.

“They were former pupils of SK Holy Trinity, Tawau and we groomed them to form a band when they are in secondary school,” he said after the prize giving ceremony at the Sabah National Culture and Art Department Complex, here, Saturday.

“Since then, they are active in joining various band competitions in Tawau and Semporna.

“Since they are schooling in different secondary schools, I have set a training schedule for them where they will train for three hours every Saturday.”

Thankful for the support from the children’s parents, Roslee said they would not have participated in the competition if not for them.

“This is the first time we joined the competition as some of the band members had public examinations last year.

“The venue is quite far from Tawau and we hesitated on whether to come, but thanks for the support from the parents, we made it here.

“Our main challenge is financial but we do not see it as a hindrance to achieve our aim.”

Showcasing a well-balanced performance through a rendition of Diam-Diam by Tilu and Rock You like a Hurricane (Scorpions), D’Infinity wowed both the judges and the crowd with their exceptional musical skills. 

They brought home RM1,000, plus RM300 for the three other individual awards.

In second place was the fun and quirky Ku-Gi-Ran SMKKJ from Kunak, while Cantabile-Tra from Sandakan grabbed the third spot.

Ku-Gi-Ran and Cantabile-Tra received RM800 and RM500, respectively.

Apart from that, Cantabile-Tra also won best vocalist, while The Brosist walked away with the best bassist award.

Indonesian drummer Adev Chudaiva, the guest judge for competition, was amazed by the performances of the bands at the final stage.

“I do not see any difference in terms of level of skills compared to Indonesia…furthermore, the participants performed a diverse genre of music.

“If they do not win tonight (Saturday), I hope they will not be discouraged. Instead, they should continue to play music and join similar events in future.

“Their journey do not end here. What is more important is that they take heart from their experience and improve,” he said.

Meanwhile, Assistant Trade and Industry Minister Azhar Matussin, when officiating the competition, said such programme is a good avenue to further expose school children to music.

“It is better for them to be involved in music, rather than unhealthy activities.

“Furthermore, music can be a good profession option.”

While Sabah may be located far from the capital city, he said, the pool of talents in the State can still make it big thanks to the latest technological advancement.

“I am not surprised if the participants tonight would one day become renowned musicians.

“And that is why this programme should be continued and perhaps it should be extended to primary school pupils as well.

“I also hope JKKN will lend their support and help in this effort,” he said.

School of Rock 2K19 was a State-level Under-18 band competition, participated by bands from Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Tambunan, Sandakan, Tawau and Kunak.

The programme aimed to provide an avenue for young musicians to shine and showcase their talents.

It was organised by Belia Inspirasi Kinabalu and Online Media Entertainment, with the cooperation of the State Youth and Sports Ministry, Sabah National Culture and Arts Department, Sabah Youth Council, Federation of South West Coast Youth Associations and Sabah Animation Creative Content Centre.


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