Dayak chart-toppers to vie for ‘Juara’ title this September
By Jude Toyat
Members of the public are invited to join in the merriment of the ‘Anugerah Carta Sapa Juara?’ (ACSJ) grand finale to be held at Dewan Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan in Betong September 19 from 6.30pm onwards.
The grand final of the competition themed ‘Ngelatika Industri Muzik Iban’ will feature 12 finalists, 11 solo artists and two bands that previously topped the ‘Sapa Juara?’ chart by WAIfm, ‘Carta Lagu Tebilang’ by Iban MIRIfm and ‘Carta Hits Lagu-Lagu Iban’ by SIBUfm.
“All songs and artists were chosen based on their voting popularity by listeners throughout 2014 and have been through the semi final round held today,” said WAIfm producer Bana Jimbat, who is also the ACSJ executive producer during a press conference held after the semi-final of ACSJ on August 22.
The semi-final round of the competition that was held at RTM Kuching mini auditorium saw three bands and 16 solo singers performing.
The twelve songs selected to the finals include Julita James’ ‘Pengerindu Pengujung Nyawa’, Rickie Andrewson’s ‘Atas Nama Pengerindu’, Frederick Sut’s ‘Pengabis Ati’, Melissa Francis’ ‘Pengerindu Tua’, Timothy’s ‘Janji Nyadi Ampa’, Pretty Nina’s ‘Bungai Serega Dunya’, Mac Milson’s ‘Aku Kediri’, Sullivan’s ‘Bakani’, Gabriel Fairuz Louis’ ‘Pengerindu Suba’, Florence Lo’s ‘Ai Mata Lelenggau’, Eisner Nala’s ‘Penyayau Tebeleka Ketegal Pemula’, and Loudness Empire’s ‘Pengerindu Nadai Penyangkai’.
The songs that were listed but did not make it to the grand final were Amis U’s ‘Lengka Ke Meh’, Aorora Band’s ‘Nuan’, Billy Johnson’s ‘Litan Enda Suman’, Fereny Minea’s ‘Ditelan Pait Dibuai Sayau’, Kelabu Papau’s ‘Sijil Bujang Pemalu’, and Syta Jean’s ‘Aku Bisi Nuan’.
The winners were selected by select juries and fan votes through ACSJ’s official magazine ‘Senawah’.
The twelve finalists will compete for three grand titles including Best Performance, Best Vocal, and overall champion.
Invited singers for the grand final include last year’s champion The Crew, and winners for the Best Vocal and Best Performance categories at ACSJ 2014, Lucy M and Masterpiece, respectively. They will be accompanied by Kombo RTM. Comedians Bunyau and Mujab, the Betong Culture Group dance troupe will also present at the ceremony.
“Every finalist will receive a cash prize among others, while winners for the Best Vocal, Best Performance and overall champion categories will bagged home RM1000, RM2000, and RM5000, respectively,” he added. “It also acts as a platform to local singers and composers to exchange ideas and foster friendship while fostering their competitiveness and creativity.”
He hoped that the competition would thus make RTM as the exclusive broadcaster for Iban or Sarawak ethnic songs and establish the unity and racial integration based on the 1Malaysia concept through music and culture.
“This is the second year of this competition. It is also organised to celebrate the 69th anniversary of RTM. I hope that ACSJ will be able to seek for Dayak music industry icons that will be recognised globally through RTM,” he added.