Velvet and Marsha have known each other since Akademi Fantasia days, and now are taking it up a notch!
by Emily Mary Chin, Carrybeans
Velvet & Marsha Live in KK has been a long time in the making. The two Sabahan performers have long dreamed of sharing a stage in their home state but the dream never managed to get off the ground until now.
After more than a decade of friendship, these vocalists are finally performing together at their first ever joint concert since their early days participating in Akademi Fantasia!
We have been wanting to do a concert together, but never really got the chance. So this is somewhat like a dream come true for us to be able to finally share the stage together and share our stories to the people in Sabah, those who have been supporting us since our AF years until today. We are grateful for the opportunity!
– Velvet and Marsha
At yesterday’s press conference at Kupi-Kupi FM’s headquarters, Marsha expressed that part of the challenge was finding time between the two performers to rehearse together. With Velvet based here in Kota Kinabalu and Marsha based in Kuala Lumpur, opportunities to rehearse were few and far between.
The duo also faced hurdles in finding the right people to partner with on this project. Music does not have the same value here in Sabah that it does in Kuala Lumpur or even in our neighbouring state, Sarawak. Finding partners and sponsors that believed in them proved challenging at first.
Rich Gimbang, vocalist of Estranged and Akademi Fantasia alum, was the man to pull this all together. Taking his first stab at event planning, he credits Drum Asia Studio and Kupi-Kupi FM for their invaluable support throughout the process. This is not a one-off thing for him as he hopes to bring more high quality live performances to Sabah in the future.
Velvet and Marsha are quality performers and people know that. But people forget that they need to support [their favourite performers] for them to be able to keep doing what they’re best at.
– Rich Gimbang
Musical opportunities are fairly slim in Sabah, save for the occasional open mic night and small-scale music festival. But Sabah is not without its creative potential. Sabahans have long proven themselves as forces to be reckoned with in the Malaysian music scene. Velvet, Marsha and Rich are all testament to that.
We’re trying to introduce good quality music [in and from] Sabah. Here, we don’t have live shows on a daily or even weekly basis. So, that’s what we’re trying to implement here. We want people to know that good musicians are not only from West Malaysia.
– Velvet Aduk
Velvet, Marsha and Gimbang all believe that Sabah has the potential to grow into a creative hub of its own. This concert acts as their first step towards giving other local performers a platform for their work. What they hope is to inject the local community with a better appreciation of our own homegrown talent through well-planned, high quality productions.
Velvet and Marsha are set to perform 14 songs, the majority of which will be their own original work. The event also serves to launch their respective new albums, of which they will be performing songs from on the night of the concert. Their albums will be released and available for sale at the concert at a promotional price of RM20 each.
Standard tickets to Velvet & Marsha Live in KK are still available for sale at RM30 each. Students who present their student ID cards at the time of purchase will receive 50% off the standard price. You can get your tickets at:
Velvet & Marsha Live in KK will be held on 28th April 2018 (Saturday) at 8:00 PM at Drum Asia Live KK.
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