TAMPARULI, July 5 (Bernama) -- Hotels and resorts as well as major restaurants and entertainment outlets frequented by foreign tourists should consider engaging traditional bamboo musical groups as resident performers.
In making the call, Sabah Tourism Board chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai believed tourists would appreciate the unique sound of traditional musical instruments.
"Just like modern musical instruments, bamboo-based musical instruments could be used to play any tune, be it jazz, soul or rock," he said when officiating the national-level primary school traditional bamboo music competition here, today.
SK St Philip Tamparuli emerged champion in the competition, mesmerising the crowd with a flawless performance of a medley of instrumental local tunes on their way to winning the top prize of a RM1000 cash, a trophy and certificate.
Participated by six groups, the competition saw SRK Lingga Baru, Kiulu taking second place, while in third place was SRK Kundasang 1.
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Joniston, who is also Kiulu Assemblyman, commended the Education Department and SRK Lingga Baru for organising the competition which he said would go a long way in promoting traditional bamboo musical instruments.
"Such a competition also helps to encourage the young to appreciate our local traditions," he said.
Expressing the hope that more schools would take part in the competition next year, he said schools should set up Music Clubs to encourage pupils to learn to play musical instruments.
"Perhaps, the Education Ministry should consider placing equal importance to music just like what is given to sports," Joniston said, adding that music had become a big industry in the world.