Tuesday, February 12, 2013


KUALA LUMPUR 20/1/2013: Street entertainers (buskers) were told Sunday to apply for permits if they wanted to perform in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Socio-Economic Development deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Ab Aziz said they could do so through DBKL's Culture and Sport Division.
He said several discussions had been carried out with the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture to identify guidelines that the entertainers had to abide by.
"We do not want just about anybody to perform and foreign nationals are not allowed to do so. "And, the buskers must be above 18 years old," he told reporters, here.
Information, Communication and Culture minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Friday said, a location at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, here, had been provided to enable street entertainers to carry out their practice. - Bernama
Above are the statements issued by the authorities as retrieved from local news portals.  What say you, buskers? Street busking is a mean of expressing yourselves. That is what I understood. Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places. The performers doing a show for tips and gratuities offered. In the late 70’s, it was when I spent my time in Europe and my best spot was in the Underground Tube, in London. Buskers were all around the tubes and most of them were musicians. I would stop and enjoyed the music that pleased my ears. I could still remember when one of the busker was playing “I shall be released”, a Bob Dylan’s piece. Bob Dylan was my idol at that time.  I was in a hurry to catch the next train to my destination, but could not proceed when hearing the song that I loved so much. When the song ended, only then I moved away, of course after putting some money in the guitar case. That was some of my experience in appreciating music played by the buskers. Didgeridoo music was not in buskers dictionary at that time.
Now look at another extract from the news portal.

Malaysian street performers learn didgeridoo from friends Down Under

KUALA LUMPUR: Mention the word “busking” and the image of a person strumming a guitar and singing by the sidewalk comes to mind. Avid buskers Amar Muhammad Ramli, 26, and Abdul Azim Mohd Zain, 19, however, favour the didgeridoo, a metre-long instrument resembling a long hollow pole, which is native to Australian aborigines.
“Some of my friends were in Australia to further their studies and learnt how to play the didgeridoo there. “They brought it here and taught it to us,” said Amar Muhammad, who took a month to master the instrument.
Amar Muhammad and Abdul Azim were among 200 groups of buskers who wowed the crowd during the day-long BN Youth Buskers Fest at Suria KLCC Esplanade on Saturday. Most buskers performed with the guitar and the duo's music caught the attention of many passers-by.
G’day mate: Set Patah performing at the Suria KLCC Esplanade in Kuala Lumpur.
“The didgeridoo is made of bamboo. The size of the instrument differs based on the chord. “Many people are surprised to see that the didgeridoo is hollow inside, without any notches like those in wind instruments,” said Amar Muhammad, who is a design architect.