What a privilege it was to attend ChildAid Asia held in Kuala Lumpur recently, and finding a gem of talents amongst the youth performing that day.
The kids get to enjoy the performances too! Josiah met Joey at the event in KLPac shortly before it started.
In short, ChildAid Asia is really a a platform for children to be able to showcase their talents, while at the same time also helping out other children who are unable to support their talents in music and performing arts. It is basically a concert for youth by youth, totally conducted by children and youth 18 and below yet bursting with talent unseen and unheard on the radio.
Millions of needy children live all around the world, many with hidden talents, a hidden song in their heart, an original piece lingering in their ears, yet they cannot afford musical education due to financial constraints, or the ability to develop their talents further. Yet we all know the arts and music is the seed of our soul, that is where ChildAid comes in combining charity and music in this humanitarian effort by talented youth around Asia, while raising funds for the children. Together with ChildAid Asia are The Smile Team, The Actors Studio and the Kiwanis Club of Damansara. The concert was also to benefit the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) with a special fund created for the treatment of cancer for underpriviledged children, as well as for a scholarship fund, which provides scholarship in high school, and ultimately a Performing Arts School for gifted and underprivileged youth.
The show opened majestically with the four well-known vocalists, Yumi Chung from Hong Kong, Christi Madrid from Philippines, Gabri Panlilio also from Philippines, and Zoe Hong from Malaysia. I was quite blown away by their powerful voices for their tender ages. The beautiful number was accompanied by the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth who played beautifully to the beat.
Melvyn Gnai, Malaysia’s own talented guitarist definitely stole the show. At only 14, he already looked established and professional from his unique finger skills to his confidence and poise. Definitely the one to watch out for that could pack stadiums worldwide.
Another pianist child prodigy has got to be Michael Anthony. Michael was actually on Indonesia’s Got Talent 2014!
Just check out his playing, without vision, yet he is able to play flawlessly whatever music he hears, focusing mostly on classical pieces. Michael is truly a gem and a joy to watch, gifted beyond words and plays directly from his soul. Only 13, I can hardly believe it, I believe however through ChildAid Asia, many more amazing children like him can be discovered, trained and given the opportunity and time on stage.
The concert took a 15 min recess and the orchestra was transformed into a Chinese Orchestra, with its members coming from around Malaysia, totaling 9 talented musicians from ages 14-20. I love Chinese orchestra, so graceful and cultural with a mystical touch.
Just watch their rendition of Jay Chou’s 菊花台 Chrysanthemum Flower Bed. Beautifully performed.
A lot more performances entailed entertained us to the last minute, with songs like Man in the Mirror and a Medley of Abba songs. A World To Imagine, these children did just that for us and so much more. Thanks to Irene and Kiwanis for the invite!
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