A natural way to make music


stuart@thestar.com.my 

TWENTY Malaysian youths and children from Rentak (Kami Anak Malaysia) k.a.m.y struck a positive note in their debut performance at Rumah Pena in Jalan Dewan Bahasa, Kuala Lumpur, recently as they transformed loud banging and clanging into catchy tunes and rhythms a la Stomp.  

With only three sessions of training, these children received appreciative applause from the crowd with their five-minute performance. 

The performers, aged seven to 20, would be taught to compose and create musical arrangements and play existing songs using recyclable items and natural objects over the next four months. 

Jes Ebrahim (left) banging the kuali while Hanasyazwin Azizan follows his beat during their performance at Rumah Pena.

They will perform at the grand opening of 5th United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Tunza International Children’s Conference on the Environment (ICCE), which will be held at the Putrajaya Convention Centre on Aug 26. 

“Rentak k.a.m.y will be based on a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It combines the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, choreography and performing arts,” said Edwin Nathaniel, head of Asia Percussion Unit who will be training the troupe. 

Training will be held for two hours a week and the group will perform every Friday at Rumah Pena as part of a fundraising and publicity programme for Tunza ICCE 2006. 

Tunza ICCE Malaysian organising committee chairman Khadijah Abdul Rahman said the performers were selected on the basis of creativity, teamwork, sense of rhythm, commitment and discipline, enthusiasm and sense of humour. 

Children from over 50 countries are expected to come together in their mission to share knowledge and spread message on environmental conservation, in addition to setting up regional collaborations and have fun while doing so. 

Rentak k.a.m.y. will also be performing at various venues in Klang Valley in the months leading up to August.  

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