Ten finalists to compete at Canang Citra Budaya

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TEN finalists will compete at the Canang Citra Budaya as part of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ effort to preserve Brunei’s traditional music.

Acting Director of Culture and Arts Hj Mohd Abdoh Hj Awang Damit said the Canang Citra Budaya competition is aimed at promoting Brunei’s traditional songs at the national level.

It is hoped that the programme will revive and preserve local traditional songs.

The finalists were announced yesterday at an event at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The competition is organised in collaboration with Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB).

The finalists will sing Brunei’s traditional songs such as Naindung Pulau, Dindang Di Dindang, Lanang Beladu Lanang, Dundang Dundang, Indung Anak, Ya Ilahi, Samalindang, Yahayyu Ya Kayyum, Alus Jua Dindang and Indung Anak Indung Bungaku.

According to Hj Mohd Abdoh, the competition will be broadcast live on Radio Televisyen Brunei telecast on October 29.

The 10 finalists comprise youth aged between 18 to 40 years old. A total of 19 participants competed in preliminary rounds that took place on September 26.

An officer under the Music Section of the MCYS, Abu Soffian Hj Mohd Alinoordin, said the finalists will be judged on four categories; voice (30 per cent), melody (30 per cent), tempo (20 per cent) and stage presence (20 per cent).

The first place winner will take home $1,500, second place will bring home $1,200. Third place winner will win $800.

The competition was first introduced in 1988 to promote Brunei’s traditional songs at the national level.

The MCYS hoped that the programme will revive and preserve traditional Brunei songs. The competition was last organised in April 28, 2007.

The competition is intended to promote interest and popularity of traditional songs in the community especially amongst the youth. It also aims to instil a sense of belonging to Brunei’s cultural heritage through traditional songs.

The Brunei Times