Sabah dancers pride of Malaysia at Dance World Cup 2019

KOTA KINABALU, 8 July 2019: 

A dance titled ‘Nambuyunan’ performed by 10- and 12-year-olds -Ahmad Mikhail Damsal, Muhammad Fakhrul Afif and Oscar Neil – won a gold medal for the duet/trio national & folklore category at the Dance World Cup 2019 in Braga, Portugal recently.

The Sabah ethnic-themed performance brought luck to the Sekolah Kebangsaan Stella Maris students when they captured the hearts of the jury at the competition which took place from June 29 to July 6.

Dance choreographer Abi Asyraf Afi Aji Lee, 29, said ‘Nambuyunan’ – which in Murut tribe language means ‘crazy engraving’ – was performed using bird feathers with a dance that tells the meaning behind the name ‘Nambuyunan’.

“There are three types of dances performed in the competition namely the Murut dance, the creatively-formed Sumazau and the Brunei dance. Each category has two entries,” he said when met at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport Arrival Hall yesterday.

In addition, Abi Asyraf said the dance entitled ‘Awang Alak Betatar’ by Muhammad Fakhrul also won a gold medal for the national and folklore solo category as well as the ‘Most Outstanding Boy’ award.

A traditional dance titled ‘Kinomulok’ performed by Santiani Benjamin, 12, won the fourth place in the national & folklore solo category.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Fakhrul said despite facing participants from 61 countries, they remained focused and adhered to coach instructions.

The gold medal winner said in the competition for the solo category last year, he only won the 11th place.

– Bernama