The Star       9 December 2005       Story by: DERRICK VINESH       North

Penang Music Club !!                        Coming Soon !!

 Club To Promote
  Local Musicians
A group of musicians in Penang plan to set up a club to scout for and promote local talents on the entertainment circuit. James A Rozells who mooted the idea said the club would also guide youths interested in venturing into the industry The Penang Music Club will be open to all music lovers, whether they are musicians or not," he said.

The Music Heritage Of Penang

Rozells, the owner of ROZELLS Country & Western And Oldies Pub & Restaurant said the club would also look into the welfare of musicians in the state. "We want a club which can spearhead activities to tap local talents and promote them," he said at his pub during a recent performance to raise funds for a musician who is in hospital in Penang. The event raised RM3,700 for freelance singer Samynzan, 57, who is having treatment for bowel problems.

Rozells said many talented musicians have no avenue to showcase their skills due to lack of funds or influx of foreigners. " I have tourists telling me that Penang has wonderful food and places of interest but the bands playing in the hotels are all foreign," he said.


Rozells said the club would also organize activities to raise funds for musicians in need of money. "We hope with the setting up of the club, musicians can find jobs," he said. Rozells said a concert titled "Coming Home To Penang" would be held on Nov 18 and feature musicians who had made it big abroad. "We hope to invite musicians like Fred Cheah who is in Australia, Mindy Quah (Taiwan), Pauline Kung (London), Frankie Rozells (Thailand) and many more," he said, adding that the date was still tentative depending on the availability of the musicians.

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