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The boys at the Taman Budaya & Inovasi Kundasang, Sabah can not only sing, they are great craftsmen as well!
But before we go any further, here is some backstory.
Not everyone handled the lockdown well but a group of young lads in Kundasang, Sabah did.
Instead of moaning and groaning about the situation, the group of youngsters and residents in the area banded together to create musical instruments using bamboo.
The results were simply phenomenal to say the least.
I spent the afternoon with the band and filmed them playing with their bamboo instruments to perfection.
These boys are not only great craftsmen but they are great musicians and singers as well.
Sabahan musician and prominent flute player, Kamarul Azman Kowasin who leads the pack, said they met up regularly during the lockdown to build the instruments.
I noticed that most of the instruments were drums and guitars and they were great singers who could belt numbers in both English and Malay.
He said the band was formed at the height of the pandemic and it was boredom that drove them to do it!
Looking back, the lockdown was probably the best thing that happened to the folks in the area.
Kamarul also known as Payukie among the local music scene and his peers said that the group was willing to entertain tourists for a fee.
He said tourists can try on their traditional costumes, have a jam session with the rest of the musicians or just spend the day however they want.
Prices vary depending on the time and activities involved.
For more information about the excursion you can contact Payukie at +611-72550075.
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