Up To Us wins WOTR
KUCHING: The Up To Us band wooed the crowd and the judges to emerge champion in the final of War of the Rhythm (WOTR) open genre battle of the bands competition held at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) recently.
The band led by Affendi Osman bagged the grand cash prize of RM5,000 plus a live performance at the recent SEDC’s Media Night held at the new Kuching Waterfront extension on December 16.
Made up of band members Samuel Mauh on the drums, guitarist Nasir Drahman, Benzy on the bass and vocalist, Max Kong, they belted a Chinese love song and Bruno Mars’ song, Treasure during the final.
The band defeated five other finalists: O’skool Acoustic, The Rising, Kolej Komuniti Stars, Short C Cute and Surya Ritma.
The second place and the RM3,000 cash prize was won by Short C Cute band while its lead singer, Kahar Jemari walked home RM300 richer after winning the Jury’s Award for Best Vocal. He enthralled the rain-drenched crowd with the rendition of Wings’ Taman Rashidah Utama and their own composition, Bujang Senang.
The third place was won by O’skool Acoustic and the band received RM2,000. During the intermission, the crowd was entertained by popular indie rock band, Noh & Da Vagabonds who performed a number of their top songs.
“We were expecting a bigger crowd but the rain had affected their turn out but nevertheless the response is still encouraging,” SCV’s senior manager for sales and marketing, Zaini Zainuddin said while expressing satisfaction on the overall staging of the event which was the first of its kind to be organised by SCV.
According to him, lucrative prize monies for next year’s winners may be maintained and is expected to be the highest in the local music scene. He said the promotion and publicity for next year’s event may be held much earlier in order to attract entries from outside Kuching especially from other divisions as well as.
A total of 12 bands had entered the preliminary round held last month and eight qualified for the semi-final round which was held at Godown Auditorium of Kuching Waterfront on November 30 and was attended by both local and foreign live band enthusiasts.
The winners received their prizes from Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) general manager, Soedirman Aini accompanied by his Tourism and Leisure (T&L) sector director, Edwin Abit, UiTM Samarahan campus director, Professor Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali, SCV general manager, Jane Lian Labang.
The event was jointly supported by Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak, the Department of Culture and Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and is jointly sponsored by Jeenx, Nescafe, Coca Cola, Les Paul Studio and AV Events.