SEPANG: The Malaysia Arts School of Johor (SSeMJ) made the nation proud when it clinched the Grand Prix Award at the International Competition & Folklore Dance & Music Festival Prague Stars 2017 in the Czech Republic on the weekend.
The team from SSeMJ, comprising six participants each for the dance and music performances, defeated 59 other teams from more than 10 countries at the two-day festival, which began on Nov 2.
“This is the first win by a Malaysian team at the competition organised by the European Association of Folklore Festivals,” said the school’s senior assistant, Abdul Jabar Shain, when met by reporters on arrival at the KL International Airport (KLIA) here.
He said SSeMJ’s dance performance featured the uniqueness of the saucer dance of Negri Sembilan.
For the musical event, SSeMJ played the melodious sounds of traditional instruments such as the tabla, gendang, rebana, seruling, caklempong and gabus.
Abdul Jabar said SSeMJ’s team members are aged between 13 and 16, and among the challenges they faced during the competition was enduring the cold weather in the Czech Republic.
“The temperature was between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius, and the cold weather also affected our musical instruments,” he said.
However, he said the team was well prepared for the chilly climate.
“We brought along hair dryers, and also used the heater in our hotel rooms to ensure that the cold weather did not affect the musical instruments,” Abdul Jabar added. – Bernama