Iban Classics Star competition returns after seven-year hiatus, auditions to be held in June

Isa (seated third right) and Gibbson (to his left) showing the miniature poster of the third Iban Classics Star competition during a press conference at Kaban Music Production Studio on April 15, 2023.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, April 15: Persatuan Anak Seni Iban Malaysia (Pasima) will be holding auditions for the third edition of the Iban Classics Star (Bintang Lagu Klasik Iban) competition after a seven-year hiatus.

Auditions will be held at Kaban Music Production (KMP) Studio at Aeroville, Jalan Stutong Baru, this coming June 10, 17, and 24 from 9am to 9pm.

According to its president, Isa Lee, the competition is open to Malaysian citizens aged 17 to 35, except for those who are already recording artistes.

“For participants from out of Sarawak, like from Kalimantan (Indonesia), Sabah, and the Philippines, they need to send in their video for the audition and if they get into the semi-final stage of the competition.

“For the competition, participants must use classic Iban songs from the 1960s and the 1990s.

“For the audition, it is compulsory for all participants to fill out a printed form or through Google Form. At the same time, they must include the Iban song of their choice in karaoke, minus one (instrumental), guitar (acoustic), or a cappella (a performance by a singer or a singing group without instrumental accompaniment),” he added.

He told reporters this during a press conference held at the studio today.

Isa added the results of the auditions would be sent through email or WhatsApp.

“The participants would bear all expenses incurred during the auditions, and the organisers would not be responsible for any problems that would happen during the auditions,” he said.

Isa revealed that the semi-finals would be in August and the finals in October.

“The winner will receive RM2,000, the first runner-up will get RM1,000, and the second runner-up will get RM700 — all will also get a trophy and certificate.

“There will also be seven consolation prizes where each participant will receive RM300, a trophy and a certificate. The most popular participant will get RM300, and the best performance would also get RM300,” he added.

Isa hoped that the younger generation would remember classic Iban songs through the competition and that it would not be lost in time.

“I hope the response will be good, but most importantly, we look for quality, not quantity,” he said.

The first series of the competition was in 2012, and the second was in 2016.

Also present was Kaban Music Production Studio proprietor Gibbson Rentap. — DayakDaily