Music Week kicked off on Monday evening in the Student Association Circle, with “Spotlight 2012.” UNMC students from all backgrounds and races, local and international, came onstage and made sweet-sweet music for all of those in attendance. Missed it? No drama, IGNITE was there on your behalf.
For the whole evening, the rather small SA circle was filled with a wall of sound coming from the huge speakers set up by the MSoc (Music Society), guaranteeing that even if you were on the other side of Semenyih, you could still here every note being played, loud and clear.
Standing on a chair the whole night got me a somewhat awesome view of the event, as I was able to both watch and listen to the performances by the artists and bands on display. Many students casually dropped in and out of the free event, catching a song or two and then going on their way, but there was nothing wrong with this, as a decently sized crowd was always present to cheer on the performers.
Songs from many different genres were played on the night, some that I had never even heard of.. I reveled in the fact that there was not a specific genre of music that monopolized the rest, as I had expected from an open student-event like this.
Now for my highlights:
From the amount of cheers that filled the SA Circle, it was clear that Nazreen had won the crowd over with his beat-boxing skills, and needed to be mentioned here. Every single student in the audience was either clapping, nodding, or even body-popping along with the beats that he was producing from his mouth. Brilliant stuff by that man, I was entranced throughout.
Tan Jer Sern pulled off amazing renditions of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” & Daniel Bedingfield’s “If You’re Not The One.” They were both covered with perfection, and it was hilarious seeing everyone singing along to his second track! Ahh childhood memories, what did happen to Daniel B?
Chandr rocked his guitar out, playing “Canon Rock,” a mix of hard electric guitar riffs and classical violins.
Sandhya came onstage to belt out a cover of “Sapnon Se Bhare Naina”, a Bollywood track, accompanied by her live guitarist.
Aminah, rather cutely, then sang “Price Tag”, a Jessie J favourite, before Asad performed a very funky folk song on his guitar.. I can’t seem to find a name for the song he played though, sorry guys! You’ll just have to trust me that it was very folky, and very groovy.
Personally, one of my favorite performances was Kamal’s guitar playing along with Favour (our activities officer!) on bass. Kamal’s guitar effects were seriously psychedelic, and they literally blew my mind. Reverb, delay, and the wah-wahs drowning the sound of student-talk in the SA circle, the only word to describe their performance is ‘epic.’
Last but not least, Alireza performed “Oppa Nottingham Style,” yes, a cover of the PSY global craze, which made the whole crowd go wild. Literally WILD. It was a real crowd-pleaser, and a fitting end to what I can say was a very good show organized by the Music Society. Well done to them!