Sultan Tengan Musical mesmerises many in Kuching

Fahrin Ahmad playing the main role in the Sultan Tengah Musical at the State Indoor Stadium in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo courtesy of DBKU.

KUCHING, Sept 23: About 3,000 were held agog during the Sultan Tengah Musical held at the State Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.

The charity event, organised by Kuching North City Hall (DBKU), featured well-known Malaysian actor-cum-talk show host Fahrin Ahmad, who played the role of Sultan Tengah.

Others in the cast included Mahmud Ali Basha, Bob Yusof (the narrator) and Safar Ghaffar.

There were 48 supporting actors who added zest to the drama.

Dancers in action at the Sultan Tengah Musical. Photo courtesy of DBKU

Thirty original stage songs depicting the life of Sultan Tengah and composed by Nahrawi Rashidi were performed at the musical. Nahrawi was assisted by Azlan Golie (vocal director), Amir Hamzah, Joe Gendang and Osra Oraza to add melodramatic tones to the music to add to the audience experience.

The songs were rendered by 14 backup singers under the guidance of Azlan. The entertaining evening also featured 40 professional dancers, and their dances were choreographed by Amir Hamzah.

The cast of the Sultan Tengah Musical in a photocall with Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (standing first row, centre wearing blue batik). Photo courtesy of DBKU

Sultan Tengah or Sultan Ibrahim Ali Omar Shah is the only Brunei royalty to ever rule Sarawak. According to Wikipedia, he is the first and only Sultan of Sarawak. His reign, however, was a short one as he was assassinated by his followers in 1641.

The Sultan Tengah Musical was performed on three consecutive nights, from Sept 21 to 23. — DayakDaily