Jun 16, 2015

20 An Evening At Merdekarya

My cousin, Genie Wong (whom I call Gen), was here for an open mic session at Merdekarya. I whooped in joy when she asked to stay over at my place for several nights. With my aunt now staying with me, you can imagine how lively it was in my home! 

Here's a little about what an open mic session is. 

Wikipedia:
An open mic or open mike (derived from open microphone) is a live show where audience members may perform at the microphone. Usually, the performers sign up in advance for a time slot with the host or master of ceremonies.These events are typically focused on performance arts like poetry and the spoken word, music, and comedy.


Merdekarya , I gather, is a place that promotes independent Malaysian music and books.

It was our first time here. A dim lit hangout with artsy decor which I will describe as grunge. We arrived at 7.30pm.

As we enter (ground floor)

Up the staircase

The ambiance

The wall decor

Tipping is 'encouraged'

This place is a beacon of creativity. I adore the light covers at the balcony (pictured below) and I bet you can guess why! The crescent and the star makes it significantly Malaysian. Those are the symbols on our flag.   

Lights

The show started an hour-plus late. This didn't sit well with me, but I relaxed as soon as the first performer, Kee Vern Lai, went on stage. Then, Genie was up. She wooed us with her sultry voice and a few of her original songs. We clapped very loudly of course, with wide smiles on our faces. Family, you know.

The crowd started coming in at 10pm-ish. It's a great place but idle chatter and drinking just wasn't our thing so we left after the second act. Our late-night days are over. Between me and my bed, there is beauty sleep and that's hard to beat!

I'm leaving you with this video of my cousin's performance that night. Enjoy!



20 comments:

  1. This is fun!! I would not mind going myself.

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    1. I am amazed with the talent we have here at home! ^.^

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  2. Interesting, never heard of merdekarya before ;)

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    1. My first time here, thanks to Gen ;)

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  3. I have not been to an open mic session. Your cousin has a good voice and she can sing!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! I enjoy open mic sessions. It has opened my eyes. There are many talented Malaysians around us who deserve more airplay on our radio. I keep my fingers crossed for them ..like Froya!

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  4. nice vocal!
    should make some video and post online

    MY-Emily

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    1. She has a Facebook page: Genie Wong. You'll find her videos there. ;)

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  5. Looks like that you had a great time with your cousin!

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  6. What a great way to enjoy precious time with your cousin! Me, too--my late nights are far behind me! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Tina. I'm happy I could! ^.^

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  7. she has a great voice!!! I enjoy it! very talented indeed...
    http://www.princesscindyrina.com

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear this! :D

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  8. Looks like a fun night, my friend started singing at open mic nights too, I have to go and watch one day

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    1. Oh, yes. I encourage you to. I'm sure he/she will be pleased with your support. ^.^

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  9. Thank you so much to my dearest cousin and blogger Sharon Das for the awesome write up on your blog. hehehehe... and thank you all for the positive comments. It means a lot. Do heck out the rest of my songs on my main website at www.geniewong.com

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