KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu folks were treated to a melodious taste of traditional Chinese and contemporary English music, blended in a Malaysian style, from a visiting Sarawakian band here recently.
The 40-member band from the Kenwy Music and Arts Academy in Kuching, accompanied by the Terengganu Buddhist Association’s (TBA) cultural troupe, entertained visitors at an event at SJK Chong Hwa Wei Sin here, with three hours of non-stop enchanting music and dance.
TBA president Wong Choon Kheng said the performance was the centrepiece of a charity event which raised RM80,000 for the TBA Bodhi Kindergarten Welfare Fund which serves the poor, underprivileged, sick and victims of disasters.
‘The evening was filled with the melodious sounds (of) drums, cymbals, keyboards, xylophones, guitars and strings, (complete with colourful dances), which enthralled the 500-odd patrons,” said Wong.
The TBA cultural dance troupe gave a number of slick and dynamic performances made all the more striking by their traditional Sarawakian tribal costumes.
Wong added that Kenwy band members are aged between 15 and 18, and are on a study tour of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malacca, Terengganu, Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Perak.
They had earlier flown from Kuching to the peninsula for performances in the Klang Valley, before travelling by chartered bus to Kuala Terengganu and other cities and states.
“They are a young, energetic and vibrant lot who have travelled extensively, not only in the country, but other Asean nations, China and Taiwan, to promote goodwill and assist in charitable causes.
“The band is very popular in East Malaysia, and it was a delight to see them perform here in Kuala Terengganu,” said Wong.
The Kenwy Music and Arts Academy was formed in 2006 through the efforts of its principal, Kenwy Ho Khong Wee, a Masters graduate from China’s Central Conservatory of Music.
Ho has successfully groomed hundreds of young, talented musicians at his academy in Tabuan Jaya, Kuching.