Asia Music Festival a huge draw

caption myymusic05104--- City revellers from Miri, Brunei, Sibu and even as far as Kuala Lumpur and foreign tourists helped themselves to the wide variety of cuisines at Food Mart Village.

MIRI: The Asia Music Festival (AMF) attracted a large crowd to the musical corridor of Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club on Friday.

The inaugural festival started at 4pm with a performance by local group, Starlets Band, that have been performing at corporate and gala dinners in and around the state and Brunei.

After them came Hevance, a band from Bintulu, with several chart-topping songs in the local Iban music scene.

Then Malaysia’s Bob Yusuf and Soesah Tidoer from Indonesia each did a one-hour gig.

As the night progressed, Tritha came on and astonished the more than 1,500 people with her husky and intense vocals.

In between her performance, she shared the story behind each song.

Born in Kolkata, India, Tritha, started training in north Indian classical music at the age of five, and has never stopped since.

Next on the stage was Bembol Rocker from the Philippines with their unique mish-mash of “kundiman” (traditional Filipino serenade), jazz, swing, rock n’ roll and blues.

Towards the end of the show, the audience was brought on a little “tour” of Korea, with K-Pop V Star Band featuring Middle Eastern artist Kamal Musallam.

Adding colour to the festival was Food Mart Village where revellers were treated to cuisines of Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.

There were also a motorcycle show, tattoo booths, and sales of handicraft.

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