Raja Nong Chik attended Shanghai Music Festival

Raja Nong Chik attended Shanghai Music Festival at Mount Kiara a few days ago. Wah! Believe it or not, in his busy schedule Raja Nong Chik still has time to care about the youths in KL.

Here is the news about the festival taken from TheStar Online.

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Monday May 4, 2009
Youth group performs at Shanghai fest
By PRIYA MENON

A YOUTH group with a passion for drums and dance represented Malaysia at the Shanghai Music Festival for five days.

The Kuala Lumpur Drumline Corps (KLDC) is the first independent drumline group in South-East Asia and it has created a new music genre unlike the regular drumline groups.

Accompanied by a deejay, these drummers synchronise their beats to the sounds of the song the deejay plays, and joining them are the Colourguards from the popular dance group Floor Fever.

The KLDC was founded in August 2008 by Raja Zainal Badri together with Don Nazar, DJ Mohammad Johan Nasir and Syaruzmi Khalid.

The group was established with a view to creating a new weekend activity for young professionals with different work backgrounds, and establishing the first independent drumline group in Malaysia.

It currently has 21 registered members and more students have registered for tutorial classes.

“I think we may be the world’s first drumline that has hip-hop dancers and drums.

“We have the basic moves but we are also infusing other elements and creativity as well,” said co-founder Johan Nasir.

The group is gaining popularity and has performed at various events, including the recent Kuala Lumpur Grand Prix event launch at Pavilion KL.

The KLDC was invited by the Shanghai government to participate in the month-long music fest a month and a half ago. They trained rigorously for the event on weekdays, as they had other performances on the weekends.

Seeing an opportunity to collaborate with Floor Fever, they invited the dance group to join in as colour guards, performing a dance routine using flags that needs much skill.

“Our entire trip is being sponsored by the Shanghai government but there are other expenses that we are bearing ourselves,” Raja Zainal said before their departure.

He added that the group, comprising 29 members, would be performing two sets; the first set would be the original basic drumline show with the colour guards, but there would be a twist to the show on the second day.

“On the second day, we will be infusing hip-hop and traditional Malay drumbeats, like the rebana ubi, to create a different kind of music altogether,” Raja Zainal said.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin handed over the Jalur Gemilang to the group at the Rakan Muda Complex in Bukit Kiara on April 28.

Raja Nong Chik said he welcomed activities like this as they provided an avenue for youths to engage in healthy activities.

“I hope that the KLDC can go to the lower-income areas like the Lembah Pantai flats and recruit the youths from there as they might feel shy to approach the groups,” he said.

He added that the community halls in the Lembah Pantai area were only being used for wedding dinners and other events, and should be put to better use.

The group was sponsored by Adidas, which provided full sets of uniforms, comprising track suits and shoes, worth RM17,000 for all 29 of them.

The group performed with delegations from other countries, namely America, Australia, Japan, Korea and China, at the festival, which was expected to draw more than 40,000 spectators.

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~ by anaksenikl on May 4, 2009.

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