Six bands fight it out to be the one in URD1 Youth Band Challenge

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
@danitbpseeds

 

FROM THE FIRST ROUND of auditions for the URD1 Youth Band Challenge that started all the way in August, six out of 14 bands made it to the finals of the competition on October 12th where the bands battled it out to win first place on Padang Merdeka.

Hailing from Sibu, the band Slap & Pop which auditioned during the Sarikei leg was the first band to perform that evening where they instantly grabbed the attention of the crowd with their dynamic and energetic performance of local song ‘Mahluk Tuhan Paling Seksi’.

 

SEXY: First group to perform Slap & Pop with the song ‘Mahluk Tuhan Paling Seksi’

SEXY: First group to perform Slap & Pop with the song ‘Mahluk Tuhan Paling Seksi’

 

Next to perform was ‘The Outsider Edge’ where this four-member band enthusiastically dedicated the song to the audience before they performed.

Unlike their competitors, they gave an electrifying show of guitar techniques rather than performing a song.

The third group to perform that evening was ‘Up To Us’ where a duet was performed to the song ‘Move by Jagger’ by Maroon 5.

 

SOULFUL: The guitarist showed some serious guitar skills from their solos performances.

SOULFUL: The guitarist showed some serious guitar skills from their solos performances.

 

Aside from that, the guitarists left the crowds feeling awestruck and astonished with their guitar solo performances.

B Junky performed ‘Still into You’ by Paramore. Clad in red and sporting flaming red hair, the pint-sized lead singer gave the crowd something to ogle at with her powerful and raspy vocals.

 

LADY IN RED: The pint-sized singer with the powerful voice.

LADY IN RED: The pint-sized singer with the powerful voice.

 

Also not slowing down was the band ‘Cermin’, where they gave out an unforgettable and goosebump-inducing performance by performing AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell, where the lead singer’s clear but gravelly voice seemed to be the perfect fit for the song.

Last but not least was the band with the most members (and my favourite to win), the CAC Sound from SMK Siburan with their high-spirited and cheerful performance.

 

LOCAL TWIST: CAC’s Sound performing ‘Aram meh’ for the finals

LOCAL TWIST: CAC Sound performing ‘Aram meh’ for the finals

ETHNIC: The leader of the band, Michael Owen played the ‘sape’ during the performance

ETHNIC: The leader of the band, Michael Owen played the ‘sape’ during the performance

TRADITIONAL: A ‘bonang’ was also played during starting of the performance

TRADITIONAL: A ‘bonang’ was also played during starting of the performance

 

Aside from their unique and catchy choice of song which delighted of the crowd, the bubbly and animated nine-member band also instantly caught their attention when they used traditional musical instruments such as the ‘sape’, bonang (a xylophone like instrument with collection of small gongs placed horizontally) and a small drum to play an Iban pop song ‘Aram Meh’ by Robin July.

After much anticipation, the winners for the band competition were finally announced.

 

ROCKIN’ IT OUT: A lively performance of Highway to Hell by ‘Cermin’

ROCKIN’ IT OUT: A lively performance of Highway to Hell by ‘Cermin’

 

Cermin came in first place, winning a cash prize of RM7, 500 and a trophy. In second and third place was the band ‘Up To Us’ and ‘B Junky’ where they won RM3, 500 and RM1, 500 and trophy respectively.

Consolation prizes went to CAC Sound, The Outsider’s Edge and Slap & Pop where they won cash prize of RM500 and trophy each.

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