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Published: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:22:23 AM

Hip-hop stars wax lyrical over Penang hawker fare

GEORGE TOWN: Two top US hip-hop stars are singing praises of Penang hawker fare.

Chart-topping artiste Busta Rhymes and fellow rapper Swizz Beatz were busy tucking into the state's street food at the Sri Weld food court almost immediately upon arriving here.

They enjoyed local favourites, including char koay teow, nasi lemak and roast chicken after a short trishaw ride around the heritage enclave.

Busta Rhymes, who collaborated with fellow American singer Chris Brown on the latter's Grammy-nominated song Look At Me Now, professed a love for spicy food.

“Look at my plate the flat noodles and rice are all gone and I'm still not done. The flavours are similar to what I grew up eating as my mum raised me on spicy cooking,” he said yesterday.

They arrived at the Kapitan Keling Mosque at about 10.30am, immediately upon touching down at the Penang International Airport.

He said Penangites could expect “a show of unity and positive vibes” at the 1Malaysia Welfare Club charity concert tonight.

Busta Rhymes said their first visit to the country was for a very specific reason.

“We are here to support a very just cause and to show how a unified force can bring about (positive) change,” he said.

The duo, who were accompanied by 1Malaysia Penang Welfare Club president Geh Choh Hun and businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, will be performing at the Han Chiang High School field.

“Jho Low is like a brother to us. Ours is a genuine friendship there is no talk of money or business,” Busta Rhymes said.

Over 55,000 tickets featuring the international artistes have been sold.The target is to raise RM5mil.

The concert, organised by the club, would also see Redfoo of LMFAO and Ludacris in action, along with Hong Kong superstars Leon Lai, Alan Tham, Hacken Lee, George Lam, Gigi Leung and Grasshopper.

Other featured artistes include Ning Baizura, Eric Moo, Suchitra, Taiwanese Angela Chang and Berlin-based Compressorhead Robot Band.

The gates will open at 3.30pm while the concert is slated to kick off at 5pm.

Geh said those who had yet to get tickets could come and make an on-the-spot donation at the entrance.

“They will still be allowed to enter and watch the concert although they may have to brave a long queue.”

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