THE newly formed Dayak Artistes and Musicians Association (Dama) is taking the Dayak music industry to new heights.
Its chairman Snowdan Lawan said for too long the Dayak music industry has been stagnant.
“We now have Dama to develop the Dayak music industry. There are still a lot of room for improvement for the industry. It was difficult for the industry to go higher as there was no proper platform for it,” said Snowdan who is Balai Ringin assemblyman.
Yesterday, at the association’s roadshow to recruit members in Sibu, Snowdan said, he would be bringing professional musicians from peninsula to conduct workshops for its members who are artistes, dancers, actors, choreographers, directors, composers and editors.
With the formation of Dama, he said it would be the only professional body which would carry out promotional activities for the industry which include the biennial Dama Award.
“We want Dama to be the only umbrella body for the Dayak music industry. We have proposed a number of projects to be implemented for the development of the industry like the Dama Award to recognise the effort of the artistes, composers and those related to the industry, and to groom new talents and expose them to the national music industry including getting professionals to guide them on how to compose songs,” he said.
Snowdan wanted those involved in the Dayak music industry to be farsighted and to think out of the box.
He urged all involved in the industry to register themselves as members. Similar roadshow will be held in Bintulu, Miri and Kuching soon.
On the Dama Award, he said it would take place in October this year in Kuching. Ten categories would be contested - offering 22 prizes.
Snowdan said the association would also offer the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.