Oswald’s rendition tops Oldies contest
Published on: Monday, May 20, 2019
By: Ricardo Unto

KOTA KINABALU: Singing his own rendition of “Sodop Tapi-Api”, Oswald Supi from Penampang defeated six other contestants to emerge champion at the final stage of the State Bontugan Songkotoun (Oldies Songs Singing Competition) at the Hongkod Koisaan Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA).

He brought home RM1,200, a trophy and a certificate.

In second place was Christopher Janikol while James Mojolou grabbed the third spot. Christopher and James received RM1,000 and RM800, respectively.

Oswald stressed that it is important for such competition to be continued.

 “We, the veterans, would also like to spend our remaining years enjoying Kaamatan as well,” he said after the prize giving ceremony, here, Saturday.

“All of us (the contestants) were singing off-pitch, or perhaps we cannot even get the rhythm right, but the Huguan Siou (Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan) and KDCA had a reason to include the veteran singers during the State Kaamatan Festival celebration.

“Bear in mind that the original objective of the KDCA is to preserve native culture and languages.

“And we, the veteran singers can pronounce and understand the meaning of the lyrics…the purpose for our inclusion in the celebration is to let the youngsters listen how we pronounce the words.

“Sadly, most youngsters now speak with a foreign slang.”

Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedict, who officiated the competition, said it is timely for ‘Songkotoun’ songs to be given a breath of fresh air.

“If Malay oldies can be re-recorded by new singers, I do not see why our Songkotoun songs cannot be done the same.

“These songs can be given a refreshing change,” he said. He also hoped the competition can be continued and held in each district. 

“Through such initiative, these songs can be appreciated by everyone and we should have a sense of loving for these songs. “Modern songs were created thanks to the oldies. Moreover, these songs contained good and cultural values of the Kadazandusun and Murut.

“Oldies have their own uniqueness as they can make us re-live the era the songs were composed,” he said.


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