Thursday, June 28, 2007

Malacca Street Tourism Carnival attracts thousands over two nights

For two nights in a row, the public were treated to two concerts with performances by many local artistes and musicians.

In conjunction with the Malacca Street Tourism Carnival recently, one of the concerts featured four groups, which entertained the crowd at Stadium Hang Tuah.

Kicking off the performance was a gig by Abstract Group, and as the band members played on, the stadium steadily became jammed by the audience flooding in for the fun and celebration.

The next performance was a very energetic one by 6th Sense. Their lead singer was huffing and puffing after each song, but later he admitted that he had a fever.

As the night wore on, the crowd basked in the cooling breeze and cloudy skies to enjoy performances by the third group Sofaz.

However, the loudest cheers of the night were reserved for the popular local band OAG.

The crowd had to wait 15 minutes for their gig because they were stuck in a traffic jam after performing at another venue earlier.

Nevertheless, the crowd did not mind as they cheered and sang along with an alternative band.

Many fans were also seen snapping pictures using their camera phones as the night wore on.

Ikah Kassim, 19, a college student from Bukit Beruang Community College who came with her friends, said she enjoyed the concert.

“Although there were not many people, the crowd made itself heard and the groups performed brilliantly,” she said.

The very next night, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd organised a free concert called GeGe Riuh at Dataran Pahlawan.

More than 3,000 people thronged the venue to watch famous local artistes perform. Among them were Ella, Dayang Nurfaizah, Saiful Apek and Ruffedge.

The sensational trio, Ahli Fiqir, started the concert, wowing the crowd with a powerful performance that set the mood for the rest of the night.

Queen of Malaysian rock music, Ella, thrilled the fans with her strong vocals in a combination of slow and fast-paced rock songs.

Popular comedian and actor Saiful Apek amused the crowd with his antics and thrilled them when he rendered hilarious versions of several famous local songs.

He also invited more than a dozen enthusiastic children on stage to join him in his act.

A DiGi spokesman said the response was fantastic and more than 10,000 people visited the carnival

Mohd Zainal Fairuz, 29, from Singapore, was visiting the state with his wife when he heard of the concert and took the opportunity to meet his favourite artiste Saiful Apek in person.

“In Singapore, we have Phua Chu Kang. In Malaysia, there’s Saiful Apek. I am a big fan of his comedy and I thank God we came to Malacca this weekend for a holiday,” said Zainal.

Source : STAR
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