Orang Ulu sape musicians eligible for MSS grants


MIRI: The Sarawak Arts Council (MSS) is providing grants worth RM30 million allocated by the State government annually to musicians and other arts and crafts practitioners in the creative and arts industry in the state.

“As such, the traditional Orang Ulu sape musical instrument musicians can also apply for the grants as the objective is to promote the arts in Sarawak,” said MSS acting chief executive officer Awang Putrayusrie on Thursday.

He was speaking at the Sape’ Times Online Competition 2021 prize giving ceremony here.

The virtual competition, held from Nov 1 to Dec 23, was organised by the Uma Akeh Village Youth Club (Kebuma) in collaboration with the Miri Sape’ Movement.

Meanwhile, also present was political secretary to the Chief Minister Charles Balan Seling who handed the cash prize money to the winners.

Eighteen contestants competed in the competition and the first prize winner received RM1, 000, followed by RM500 to the second prize winner and RM300 to the third prize winner. Five consolation prize winners received RM150 cash each.

The winners were:

1st Place

Maxwell Jalong and Anugra Gun

Email: jmaxlepoktau@gmail.com

2nd Place

Robert Lenjau Lucas and Azron Engan John

Email: azronenganjohn@gmail.com

3rd Place

Carlvin Donnet Rubin

Email: evacarlvin@gmail.com

Consolation Prizes

Ferderick Maldini Disen and Hayree anak Hashim

Email: dato.tutuk@gmail.com

Gilbert Erang John

Email: gilbertjohn940922@yahoo.com

Shawn Finian Wong

Email: shawnfinianwong@gmail.com

Brennand Schwarzneger

Email: g-04296390@moe-dl.edu.my

Ernest Vanemann Amut Ak Leonard

Email: ernestuitm@gmail.com

Those interested in sape music can view their performance at https://sapetimes.com/

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