World music lovers are in for a treat. Award-winning Taiwanese indigenous singer-songwriter Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw is set to play a solo concert in Malaysia soon.
This news comes barely two weeks after he won three awards at Taiwan’s 28th Golden Melody Awards for best aboriginal singer, best vocal recording album and album of the year for his second album Yaangad.
Yaangad is a word that originates from Taiwan’s Pinuyumayan or Puyuma tribe, which literally means life and hosts the concept of a harmonious co-existence between human beings and nature.
Mavaliyw, 39, who is also known by his Taiwanese name Lu Jie Xin, was born and raised in a Pinuyumayan community in Taitung. He sings in a tribal tongue. “I am Sangpuy. It is also the name of my grandfather and his grandfather’s grandfather before him. The Sangpuy of the past will live on through the Sangpuy of the future.
“Each Sangpuy has his own responsibility in his own era, and that is to let the world hear the wisdom of the Taiwanese aborigines’ music and culture.
“Music is an ability given to me by our ancestors. I am here to share it with others,” he said in an interview with Taipei Times in 2013 after the 24th Golden Melody Awards.
Sangpuy will be accompanied by his original backup musicians from Taiwan, comprising percussionist Yeh Chun-Lin, guitarist Tseng Jen-Yi, keyboard player Hung Tzu-Lung, and cellist Chen Chu-Huei, who also doubles as the music director. The singer himself plays the nose flute and mouth harp.
Sangpuy Yaangad Concert will be held at the Theatre, Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on July 10 and 11, and is the opening programme of the 3rd DPAC Arts Festival, themed “Convergence”.
Tickets to the concert are priced from RM108. The Convergence Festival pass is also valid for the concert. For details, visit DPAC or call 03-4065 0001 or 03-4065 0002.