Local Artistes Transcend Boundaries at World Expo
Visitors Fascinated by Indie Musicians’ Performance at the Malaysian Pavilion
Kuala Lumpur, 13 September 2010 – A group of Malaysian independent artistes were brought to Shanghai, China to perform at the Malaysian Pavilion recently. The group, which consisted of singer-songwriters Ady Suwardy, Ariff AB, Izzy Mohd, Liyana Fizi and Zalila Lee, were accompanied by punk-rock group, One Buck Short who were both surprised and happy with the reception they received during their one day performance on 31 August 2010 as part of the Indie Youth Fest 2010 World Tour (FEYST10).
Being the youngest in the entourage at 19 years old, Ariff AB opened the show for the public right after the Cultural Dance show by the Tourism Malaysia troupe. “I felt really nervous but gave it all that I’ve got and more. It was really great seeing all these different people from different backgrounds and culture enjoying the show,” he said.
His sentiment is echoed by the rest of the independent musicians company, especially by Liyana who said, “I was pleasantly surprised to discover that music transcends all languages, cultures, and ethnicities as the feedback was good (although) I needed an interpreter with me to introduce my songs.”
Meanwhile, the crowd sang along with Ady Suwardy with his rendition of popular Mandarin song ‘Xin Bu Liao Qing’ but the crowd was already smitten with him from his sound check. He still can’t get over the feistiness of the crowd that are unlike Malaysian audience.
Izzy Mohd, on the other hand, was surprised that she already has a steady stream of fans from Hong Kong and Taiwan, thanks to the internet. “I cannot even pronounce her surname but Izzy has a very soulful, melodious voice. I feel very lucky to be able to see her perform live,” say a Hong Kong fan who wishes not to be named.
In the meantime, One Buck Short was completely unprepared for their segment; having to play acoustically due to a technical glitch at the pavilion. Nonetheless, the boys marched on and performed a great albeit subdued versions of their popular songs. They even managed to garner new fans during their fast and peppy performance.
It was certainly a successful venture for the independent artistes despite the lowest amount of visitors to the Expo 2010 Shanghai China at 125,000. Aside from the crowd at the Malaysian Pavilion, the artistes also had audience standing in line at nearby pavilions as well as those relaxing nearby.
Some visitors were quite unhappy though when told that the artistes were only performing for one day. However, they were placated with the FEYST10 compilation album giveaway. The album features one song from each of the artistes who performed at the Malaysian Pavilion. According to Izzy Mohd, she “felt so great to be given the opportunity to represent Malaysia and perform at the World Expo.”
FEYST10 World Tour Shanghai was accompanied by indie filmmakers, Ikanpaos Collective, who documented the journey. The tour was organised by Go International Group Sdn Bhd, supported by Tourism Malaysia and sponsored by AirAsia X.
Indie Youth Fest will continue from 1 – 10 October at selected venues in Klang Valley featuring a music and film workshop, tonnes of music gigs and concerts, a beatbox challenge, mass blogger review competition, e-sports tournament and more with its finale youth carnival at Berjaya Times Square on 9 – 10 October 2010. Towards the end of October, winners of massive multiplayer online role-playing game Heroes of Newerth will have the privilege of representing their country at the Swedish Pavilion at the World Expo. They will then move on with cyber athletes of other games to the world’s largest digital festival, DreamHack, in Jönköping, Sweden in November this year.
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