IPGKTAR students charm the people of Paris with Sarawak and Sabah ethnic music

Performance at an event  organised by Perwakilan Paris.

Performance at an event organised by Perwakilan Paris.

Students of Institute of Teacher Education Tun Abdul Razak Campus (IPGKTAR) scored an unforgettable experience performing ethnic Sarawak and Sabahan music in Paris during a recent educational trip there.

It was one of the institute’s greatest achievements as their first collaboration with Tourism Malaysia saw the seven students performing for people of a totally different cultural background, said trip manager Adibah Ismail.

“Prior to this, we did several shows in Indonesia, which feels quite similar to Malaysia. In Paris, we were very grateful to be able to highlight our local cultures and heritage there to the eyes of the world,” she said.

The Semester 8 students of Bachelor of Education programme majoring in Music Education shared their amazing talents and abilities that can be shared and promoted to foreign countries.

The students carried out three performances throughout the five-day trip from Sept 19-25 where they played the Sape, somponton, bamboo marimba, percussion and accordion and performed Orang Ulu and Sumazau dances.

Hamsiah (right) presenting a memento to Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah.

Hamsiah (right) presenting a memento to Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah.

“The trip provided them with an unforgettable experience of performing in other parts of the world while they became immersed in other languages, cultures and ways of life,” she added.

During the promotional programme, Tourism Malaysia also organised a musical cocktail evening with the group at a local French brasserie in the 1st arrondissement of Paris which also saw Malaysian Ambassador to France Datuk Ibrahim Abdullah in attendance.

Apart from that, the Embassy of Malaysia in Belgrade Women’s Association (Perwakilan) also hosted a tea reception which was attended by guests comprising wives of ambassadors and local French guests.

The group performed at ASIA Voyage’s main travel retail outlet located at Rue Dante, in the 5th arrondissement (administrative district) of Paris.

Performance at ASIA Voyage’s main travel retail outlet located at Rue Dante, a one-way street named after Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1331) who was purported to live nearby.

Performance at ASIA Voyage’s main travel retail outlet located at Rue Dante, a one-way street named after Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1331) who was purported to live nearby.

“It is hoped that through this trip, we will be able to develop the art of ethnic music abroad, as well as to foster greater interest and talent in music among our students,” she added.

The educational trip was led by IPGKTAR principal Hamsiah Abdullah Masni and joined by Adibah, Abdul Latiff Poli, Brandon Daby, Sharon Usun, Nur Syahirah Naruddin, and Ronail Julius Gidong.

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