MALAYSIAN-based musicians recently banded together in Kampung Bagan Lalang in Salak Tinggi, Sepang, in support of Yamaha’s commitment to inculcate a musical culture among youth.
The project, Kando, embodies Yamaha Music Malaysia’s philosophy to enrich the quality of life of people in Malaysia and the world.
The musicians and Yamaha officials inked an agreement to kick-start Kando at Golden Palm Tree Resort.
The musicians — keyboardist Aubrey Suwito, guitarists Jamie Wilson and Aznan “Nan” Alias, drummer John Thomas, bassist Halizor “Fly” Hussein and rap-rock band Pop Shuvit members Jeddiah “JD” Wong and Nazrin “AJ” Mohd Nasir — pledged to guide and motivate budding virtuosos to create music, with the help of Yamaha’s high quality instruments.
Suwito has been actively involved in the music industry since 1988 as a songwriter, producer, music arranger and music director to concerts by Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Datuk M Nasir and Jaclyn Victor and more.
Australian Wilson has performed alongside music legends such as Joe Walsh of The Eagles. Having studied classical guitar as a child, he made his first formal appearance at the Sydney Opera House at 16.
Nan has collaborated with singers Fish Leong and Ella, and has been Nasir’s regular music director since 1997. Thomas kick-started his career on the drums at 8 and has since, toured with the Blue Note Circuit in Japan with Motown legends The Three Degrees and collaborated with Grammy award-winning flautist, Nestor Torres.
A National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy (Aswara) lecturer, Fly has been rocking with the RTM Orchestra and the Petronas Performing Arts Group.
He has also worked with artistes Anuar Zain, Zainal Abidin, Misha Omar and Faizal Tahir.
JD says: “The great thing about Yamaha is that it’s very accessible. Sure, there are many other brands that supply musical instruments but none of them, I think, accommodates both entry-level players and professionals quite as well as Yamaha.”