Dayak songsters celebrated at the Dayak Music Awards 2016
By Jude Toyat
KUCHING: Iban songstress Karen Libau, whose single ‘Karam Ba Ati’ made her popular in the Dayak music industry this year scored big at the Dayak Music Awards (AMD) 2016 here recently.
Karen won three awards – Best New Artist, Best Pop Song and Best Female Vocal – at the event held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
“Thank you so much to my supporters who have been supporting me throughout my artistic career. This is a blessing from them and I hope they will continue to support me in times to come,” said Karen.
Although Best Dayak Rock Artiste of AMD 2014 ‘Masterpiece’ did not emerge triumphant in the same category, they created another milestone by winning the Best Album (Iban) and Best Duo/Group Vocal with their album ‘Ngap Sayot’.
They also won the Best Performance after they delivered a spectacular performance at the event against several other artists.
“We are very proud that our work has been recognised and well received by our supporters.
“Thank you so much to the Dayak Artistes and Musicians Association (Dama) for granting us these awards that will further motivate us to do our best in the Dayak music scene,” said the band who produced four studio albums including ‘Ngarapka Nuan Nikal Pulai’ that was released early this year.
Iban songbird Melissa Francis won three awards – Best Song (Iban), Best Ballad Song and the Most Popular Song – with her song titled ‘Sepenuh Nyawaku’.
Meanwhile, Bidayuh singer Michael Gayut Emgee who wowed the audience with his outstanding performance of his song ‘Kubur Cinta’ that evening emerged as deserving winner in the Best New Single (Kubur Cinta) and Best Male Vocal categories.
Petite yet powerful singer Carrie Geres won the Best Song (Bidayuh) category with her song titled ‘Tenggie Ku’, while another Bidayuh pride better known as Ezra emerged as champion in the Best Album (Bidayuh) category.
Other successful bands that night were Mezzavoca who won the Best Rock Song category through their song titled ‘Paded’, as well as Sullivan by winning the Best Indie and Hip Hop Song through their song titled ‘Pengerindu Lama’.
AMD2016 also witnessed presentation of awards to several icons in the Dayak music industry who have contributed to the music and arts scene in Sarawak.
This include Lifetime Achievement awards to Antonio Sami (Iban), Cindy Nifkiman (Bidayuh) and Lake Hui Ang (Orang Ulu), as well as a special award by Dama to popular Malaysian actor, Bidayuh Zachery Francis.
The awards were presented by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing who is also the Minister of Infrastructure Development and president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak, accompanied by Balai Ringin assemblyman who is also president of DAMA Snowdan Lawan.
The judges panel was made up of Isa Lee, Willy Alfred Ting, Clement Jimel, Gabriel Fairuz Louis, Snah Ukong, Edmund Nangoi Robert Dais, Paka Siam, Nancy Kassim,Patrick Khamis, Prof Madya Dr Bromeley Philip, and Harold Usie Liban.
Among the highlights of the bi-annual event hosted by Salleh Mohidin, Diana Ann Sylvester was a spectacular singing and dance performance by Indonesian dangdut singer Cita Citata who performed six of her popular songs including ‘Goyang Dumang’ and ‘Perawan Atau Janda’.
Besides Cita Citata, artists who performed that evening were Ranne Pat, Melissa Francis, Gabriel Fairuz Louis, Carrie Geres, Karen Libau, Eyda, Frederick Sut, Michael Gayut Emgee, Ronney Bukong, Morgan Ega, Jenny Jem, Masterpiece, The Crew, Sullivan, Wooden Gun Band and Majestica.