Albert & Edwin churned out beautiful music.
Local talents made it an evening to remember at the KL Sing Song 2008, writes SHUIB TAIB.
THE setting was intimate, the melodies soothing and the vocals were commendable.
KL Sing Song 2008 was an evening to remember, thanks to the wonderful performances by our local talents.
Back for its fourth year, the three-day event was held at the KL Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).
With just their instruments, the performers (who performed in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia) gave acoustic performances which mesmerised the audience.
Some of the talents may be relatively new but their performance belie this.
For instance, Rendra Zawawi, who performed during the second night alongside Albert & Edwin as well as Estrella (who comprises Liyana and Adzwan – or Yob as he is fondly known), had the audience demanding an encore.
Interestingly, all the performers stayed onstage while the others performed so that no time was wasted.
Rendra’s music is best described as folk rock. He blames the English weather for whatever “mellow sentiments” one may find in his music. To date, he has recorded over 20 songs.
That evening, Rendra also showed that he was just as able to write songs in Bahasa Malaysia when he rendered Jalan Jalan Cari Kawan, much to the delight of the audience.
Albert & Edwin also did not disappoint. Although the duo apologised to the audience that their songs were mainly in Mandarin, no one complained as their music was simply beautiful.
Before they performed their numbers, the funny and talented duo explained to the audience what each song meant.
Then, the audience was treated to the sweet and soulful vocals of Liyana of Estrella.
For the uninitiated, Estrella was formed in 2006. It originally had three members but bassist Ashraf later left the band to concentrate on his other band, Sakti.
Estrella released its eponymous album late last year. During the KL Sing Song 2008, it rendered several from its debut album which again had the crowd eating out of their hands.
The eponymous debut features 10 tracks with the first radio single, Stay, already making the rounds on local airwaves. That evening, the crowd had the rare opportunity to hear it “live”.
Although each performer brought with him something of his own, it was the spontaneous bantering between the bands that made the evening interesting.
Liyana was full of praise for Albert & Edwin after the duo’s performance.
She said: “I don’t know what it is that you guys have, but it sure sounds beautiful!”
Albert & Edwin often had the crowd in stitches each time they translated the title of their Mandarin songs into English.
“This song is titled Tou Tou. In Mandarin, “tou” means steal. So it means, steal steal!” explained Edwin much to the amusement of the crowd.
Other performers included Mia Palencia, Reza Salleh, Paolo Delfino, Jerome Kugan (Most Promising Young Artist Cameronian Arts Awards 2005), Otam, Izzy Mohamed and Pete Teo (winner of three AIM awards in 2007 and the producer of the Malaysian Artists for Unity Project).
There were also performances by Shanon Shah (Most Promising Young Artist Cameronian Arts Awards 2004 and Best Male Vocalist AIM 2006), Karen Nunis, Meor (former Luncai Emas artiste), Yuna, Peter Hassan & Markiza (founders of Acoustic Jam), Nan Blues, Sherry, Azmyl Yunor, Sei Hon, Ian Chow & Tracy Wong and Panda Head Curry.
New Straits Times