i helped out a friend and emceed at a concert he organised- konsert rakyat kita 2009 (the people's concert) at the asian civilisation museum last night. organised by roach productions, it aimed to provide a platform for malay bands to showcase their talents. the line up had 11 bands including, Fyno, Rattle, Zaibaktian, Crossover, Empire and Klutz.
with 11 bands and each band playing a set of 4 songs, it was no wonder we had to begin at 5.30pm, taking a break for maghrib prayers, before continuing up to close to 11pm.
i've done my fair share of emceeing...i've done a lot for work events and i've even done some professional gigs for major events, but this was the first time i was emceeing in malay. in fact when i agreed, i had assumed that it would've been in english. i was SOOOO out of my element.
first, my malay ain't that bad, but my malay is like queen's english compared to rocker english ya know? and i'm sooooo tak (not) rock. i'm not rock chick lah. while hubby checks out his rock albums at 'that cd shop' i check out the classical music albums, ya know.
plus i don't listen to malay music. my malay music knowledge stopped at alleycats in the 80s when mum and dad had the radio turned to warna 94.2fm daily ya know? so, i so couldn't identify with the bands, didn't realise that some of them had albums out in the market and even popular across the causeway.
it was pure torture for me. i tried to up my rock-chick persona a bit after my bro-in-law who was part of the crew said something like, 'rock sikit lah eveeeleva!' sigh.
all in all it was a pretty decent job i think. but i told hubby, that i don't think i'd do this again. alamak, how to emcee rock gig, when half-way through i started to get a headache from all the loud music.
tak boleh lah!
but it was a good experience, and some of these bands are really good. and i was really impressed with Dr Fatima Lateef (mp marine parade grc), who came as guest of honour. she was very avril lavigne, with a white shirt, jeans and a skinny tie, and hung out for a good 2 hours before she left. its cool that she thinks its important that such a space is open for our malay bands...if there was one other person who looked more like a fish out of water than me, i bet it was her. but still...cool that she came!
rock on lah dr fatima....
rattle- older school malay rock. but i loved them!
my favourite shot of the night- crossover
another shot i quite liked
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