Slixs in Malaysia – We did it again!
It started in Malaysia‘s capital Kuala Lumpur with a very warm welcome at the German Embassy. Bavarian (ehm sorry….) , German ambassador Dr. Günther Gruber and his wife made sure the place was packed and everybody had enough German Beer after the concert, which was fun of course! We met so many different nations in just one room that night, it was fantastic!!! ((thanks!))
Another ‘local’ was taking good care of us throughout our stay in KL: Dr. Volker Wolf from Goethe Institut – you get infected right away from his charming soulfulness – he is a great source to hear and learn from about the country. Singing in KDU University was such fun, having a big party with all the students over there. After that travelled to Penang Island once again, to sing for the German-Malaysian Association, right at the famous Eastern Oriental Hotel, where Hermann Hesse back then had his coffee at the seaside..
Flying half around the world in this special case meant for us – meeting friends! Isn’t that cool? We met Paul Augustin from Penang Island Jazzfestival and jammed in a club with some of the Malay musicians we met at his Festival two years ago!
On we went – to Borneo Island, first stopping by at Riamtec College – and again – partying with 1500 students here…!
Then – finally – the concert we were waiting for all the weeks before: BORNEO Jazzfestival – it was a BLAST!! Imagine a crowd of 4000 people partying to a cappella music and rainforest sounds on the shore of the South China Sea… AMAZING!! We were overwhelmed by the vivid blaze of sounds and the exquisite variety of all the other bands that came from all parts of the world.
That’s what Ian Patterson wrote on “All About Jazz”, an international online music magazine: „There must be an unholy number of truly outstanding a capella groups in Germany if SLIXS was billed in the festival program as “one of the best” in the country, as witnessing their polyphonic acrobatics it’s difficult to imagine a more exciting, or fun a capella group.” Read the full review here.
We were honoured to be amongst such a terrific line-up. Thanks so much to all the great people there helping and making this beautiful Festival happen! Thanks to the people from Sarawak for the heartful welcome dance we all did together.
Early next morning we flew to Brunei, which was also really special: The rehearsal started with a cencorship meeting. Different country, different culture, different rules. We had fun with a lovely crowd in Brunei, and thank you, Mr. Domas from the German Embassy, it was great to get to know you and your family!
Again we experienced what might be the most important insight: Music is the language that crosses every (!) border. From colourful Kuala Lumpur over deeply traditional Borneo/Sarawak to the rich and strictly muslimic Brunei. And what’s more: The hospitality and warmness of the Malaysian people is incredible and we felt like home right away again!
Thank you Malaysia for a warm welcome! Terima kashi Malaysia!
Slixs is a professional vocal group from Germany. The group, formerly known as Stouxingers, frequently tours in Germany, the European countries and just returned home from their second trip to Malaysia. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook fanpage. If you have similar tour reports, send them to email@example.com – it’s fantastic to learn more about global a cappella exchange.