Bank promotes region’s cultural development through concert series


Drummers in high spirits in a special performance by Drum for Hope.

The Hands International Drumming Festival 2018, Kaleidoscope 5 – Unbeatable concert was an ideal chance for aspiring drummers from SJK(C) Desa Jaya to explore the percussion instrument.

The pupils, aged between 10 and 15 years old, were there to pick up new ideas and tips, said their teacher Darren Chin.

“They are part of the school’s 24 Drums performance group. We heard about this festival and thought it would be a good idea to introduce them to other drumming styles,” he said when met at the four-day festival.

The concert series is a partnership between Hands Percussion drum troupe and Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (Maybank IB).

The concert forms part of KataKatha, Maybank’s regional flagship initiative on arts and culture.

A show by Dhol Alliance at the concert had visitors dancing in their seats.
A show by Dhol Alliance at the concert had visitors dancing in their seats.  

Maybank IB chief executive officer Datuk John Chong said they were proud to be investing in the advancement of the region’s arts and culture which they strongly believed was an important component in the development of a society.

“The arts and business must mix for the betterment of our community. We are proud supporters of Hands Percussion and our shared mission is to promote local talent and the arts.

“Within the bank, we have been infusing the arts into our business conferences and events; we have even started bringing arts performances and exhibitions monthly to the bank through our Balai programme.

“By doing this, we can create more opportunities and awareness for the arts and artists, who clearly deserve greater recognition,” he said.

Maybank IB chief operating officer Ami Moris said they hoped to continue expanding the Asean spirit to other countries and societies.

“As a Malaysian-based bank and an Asean one, we want to be able to infuse a lot of components of that soul, and hopefully, be able to create something that is the Asean spirit.

U-Hee Company from South Korea mesmerising the audience with their performance.
U-Hee Company from South Korea mesmerising the audience with their performance. 

“Like the performances tonight, there are so many components from many cultures, histories and traditions. We are hoping to bring these elements to create an Asean identity,” she said.

Also present at the event was Hands Percussion royal patron Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Tuanku Muhriz; Maybank Group chairman Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin; Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry Policy Division (Culture) undersecretary Dr Tan Awang Besar; Maybank Foundation’s Board of Trustee member Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir; and Maybank IB board member Goh Ching Yin.

Held at the KL Performing Arts Centre in Sentul, the concert featured a special performance by Drum for Hope, a Maybank IB initiative in collaboration with Hands Percussion and Fugee School.

The programme included a line-up of local and international acts, including guests such as Abbos Kosimov (Uzbekistan), Ben Walsh (Australia) and the U-Hee Company (South Korea).

Local acts included the Hands Percussion teams (Hands 1 and 2), Tan Su Yin, Mat Din, Prakash Kandasamy and the Dhol Alliance together with Syrian musician Majd Hass.

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