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For the first time in Miri, the Asia Music Festival (AMF) taking place tomorrow will be featuring thirteen bands from various Asian countries, where several local bands will be performing along with two bands each from India and Indonesia and one band each from the Philippines, Brunei, Korea, and Thailand. The two day event is set to take place at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, 5 kilometers from Miri City Centre.
To put on a more festive and carnival feel to AMF 2013, the Miri City Council organized a series of fringe events, such as a craft bazaar featuring local handicrafts, Tattoo Exhibition by tattoo and air brush artists, Photography showcase by the Miri Photographic Society, Asian food fair, and big biker’s charity show with 100 participants from Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei. All fringe activities start at 2pm. The first day’s show will commence at 4pm with the Starlets Band on stage. The three sisters: Monalisa Ibrahim (vocal), Hawa Ibrahim (keyboard), and Rahmah Ibrahim (guitar) initiated the band back in 2005. Currently, the band has evolved to becoming a six member having regular gigs all over Miri, being usually hired by the Miri City Council, Piasau Boat Club, and MALGA (Msian Amateur Ladies Golfer’s Association) to name a few.
Based in Bintulu, Sarawak, the Malaysian Independent Iban rock band, Hevance, will be creating a revolution and bringing the local Iban music to a higher level by experimenting new music genres in the industry which has never been attempted before. Formed in 2001, the band became popular with their first single ‘Semamerpai Ngenang’ in the year 2008 and has been doing well ever since. ‘Aku Nemu’, their second hit was nominated for three categories in Anugerah Carta Borneo ERA 2010/11 organized by ERA FM, one of the most famous Malaysian radio stations.
Another local sensation is Melissa Francis, also an Iban singer who has been singing for the past 19 years. She won several local awards including the Dayak Music Award 2008 and best female Iban singer. Melissa will be performing this Saturday from 5:15 to 6:15pm. Also lined up to perform at the festival are: Bembol Rockers from The Philippines, Boy Thai Band from Thailand, Fakhrul Razi from Brunei, V.Star Band from Korea, Foxy Girls and Soesah Tidoer from Indonesia, Bob Yusof and The Mountain Wind Band from Malaysia, and Tritha and Antoney Dassan Yen Party from India.
The inaugural AMF promises the most electrifying eclectic mix of live music from the Asian region. The festival show times are as follows:
|Friday, October 4|
|4:00 – 5:00 pm||Starlets Band (Malaysia)|
|5:15 – 6:15 pm||Hevance (Malaysia)|
|6:15 – 7:15 pm||Bob Yusof (Malaysia)|
|7:30 – 8:30 pm||Soesah Tidoer (Indonesia)|
|8:45 – 9:45 pm||Tritha (India)|
|10:00 – 11:00 pm||Bembol Rocker (The Philippines)|
|11:15 – 12:15 am||V. Star Band (Korea)|
|Saturday, October 5|
|4:00 – 5:00 pm||The Mountain Wind Band (Malaysia)|
|5:15 – 6:15 pm||Melissa Francis (Malaysia)|
|6:15 – 7:15 pm||Starlets Band (Malaysia)|
|7:30 – 8:30 pm||Fakhrul Razi featuring the Camouflage (Brunei)|
|8:45 – 9:45 pm||Boy Thai Band (Thailand)|
|10:00 – 11:00 pm||Antoney Dassan Yen Party (India)|
|11:15 – 12:15 am||Foxy Girls (Indonesia)|
Tickets are priced at RM 30 (9.11 USD) for adults and RM 15 (4.56 USD) for children aged 3-18, which can be purchased at the venue or from the Sarawak Tourism Board’s office and Visitors Information Centres located in Miri, Kutching, and Sibu. In accordance to the festival, buses from downtown Miri (Boulevard mall and Pujut Pandan area) will be transporting people interested in the festival to the venue at a rate of RM 5 (1.56 USD) for one way. For further information please log on to www.asiamusicfestival.net.
Image credit: Hevance via Facebook