SHAH ALAM: They are talented and dedicated, but these young street performers and buskers find it hard to make it big in the local music scene due to the lack of exposure and limited platforms available.
Breaking band B-Boy Neko member Mohamad Akmal Sabri, 28, said street performing was not something new in Malaysia but performers here still struggle to reach out to the masses and make a name in the field.
“The culture (of breaking, also called breakdancing or b-boying) is very much alive, but only among ourselves. Dance is a form of art, whether it is breaking, hip-hop or tango... and we want to bring this art to a wider audience.
“It’s a challenge to get noticed. We hope there will be more platforms available for us to showcase our talents.
“It is only when the public recognise our talent that we are able to grow and shine. For instance, we have five members who are qualified to represent the country in the Youth Olympic Games.
"However, due to a lack of exposure, they find it hard to come out.” said Akmal, who hails from Kedah.
He was met at the Shah Alam City Council’s arts and cultural programme called 'Warna', themed ‘Street Talents’ at Laman Seni, Seksyen 7, here.
Breakdancing has been added to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
It was reported that the International Olympic Committee was trying to “attract more interest from youth and sees breakdancing as a perfect vehicle, a unique sport that embodies music and expression through movement to music.”
Meanwhile, Nurzul Suphia’an Sa’ban, 43, or better known as Zul Handy Black said the 'Warna' event provides local talents, including buskers a platform to get closer with their fans.
“This is a stepping stone for not only buskers, but for the young talents out there who is looking for a stage to shine and explore their skills.
“It also allows fans to get closer with us. I hope our performance today will be well-received by the crowd,” said the former rock band singer, who is now with As Salam Buskers band.
'Warna' is a programme held periodically and an initiative by the city council to foster love for arts and culture, as well as to provide the opportunity for creative groups to transform Shah Alam into an art city.
Various art and cultural activities were held and the one-day event offered visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and take Instagram-worthy photographs with mural paintings decorating the walls at Laman Seni 7.
It also offered youths a platform to showcase their talents to the public. Among those who performed during four-hour event were local talents, Budak Nakal Hujung Simpang, Ocean Lights, Beatbox by Zliff and breakdance by Wakaka Crew and X13.
Laman Seni is a space catered to activities involving arts, culture and architecture.
Those interested to use the space can contact the council’s community development personnel Mohd Zulfahmee Ismail at 013-350 7888 or visit Kota Seni Shah Alam Facebook page.