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Get a load of this Traffic situation

Say It Like You Mean It (SILYMI) – Penang’s very own variety entertainment show – is back again this month with a theme we can all spend hours discussing, TRAFFIC.

TRAFFIC – How does it affect our daily lives? What hilarious traffic situations do we often find ourselves in? Perhaps even a solution to all our traffic woes! So come find out what SILYMI has to say!

TRAFFIC features an interesting line up with the likes of  Penang-born singer-songwriter Zee Ng and Iranian-born violinist Reza Mohammadpour who’d be performing their original music, and poets Gordon Pereira and Mark Walker. Also in the mix is SILYMI’s very own sketch comedy troupe.

SILYMI's sketch comedy troupe
SILYMI’s sketch comedy troupe

Held monthly (usually on the last Sunday of the month), SILYMI showcases local (and some visiting) talents from across  the various segments of the arts. It also normally has an Open Mic segment at the end of the shows, allowing for “undiscovered talents” the chance to showcase their art.

SILYMI S02E02: TRAFFIC

Date

23 February 2014 @ 9pm

Venue

The Canteen @ China House, 183B Victoria St, George Town

Admission is FREE!

 

What is SILYMI?
SILYMI is an art collective of Penang artists, authors, musicians and other performers that is active in George Town, Penang. With the goal of creating, innovating and propagating arts in Malaysia, SILYMI is a talent incubator and think tank for generating creative content, supporting fresh local talent and brining high-quality, home-grown entertainment to Penang and beyond. In addition to the monthly SILYMI @ China House event, SILYMI has performed at the George Town Literature Fest and the Little Penang Street Market. 
Visit facebook.com/SayItMeanItPenang for upcoming events or contact silymi.penang@gmail.com for more information.

Make a date with Ksatriya

Ksatriya – the multifaceted Penang-based artist – has a heartfelt proposition for you.

Let’s meet up.

I think art and music have become too divorced, too removed from the connection between artist and audience, performer and fan.

There are too many celebrity superstars, walled off from their listeners by bodyguards and photoshop and barrier walls.

How can you put a beat to the lives of people on the street, if you do not walk among them?

Let’s meet up. Let’s enjoy the music together. And let’s sit and talk after.

I want to perform for you on the 16th at The Canteen At ChinaHouse. Come enjoy the show, and let’s chat over beers (or a non-alcoholic beverage if you prefer).

#RED will be available on sale with a special discount, and signed copies for free, specially for some lucky fans.

See you there.

If you have been away Penang or so happened to have spent the past year or so without access to the internet, allow PenTAS to school you a little on this phenomenon known as Ksatriya.

Introducing Ksatriya
Introducing Ksatriya

For one, besides being a poet, a songwriter and a performer, he is pretty much an all around stand up kind of a person. He flirts with controversy, very much in the vein of a budding activist, and like any decent activist, he has a manifesto.

Calling his debut EP his manifesto, Ksatriya’s Red is quite a breath of fresh air. It blends genres as varied as World Fusion, Rap, Spoken Word, Blues, Hip-Hop and Rock, and each of its eight tracks feature Ksatriya’s vocals, be it in the style of spoken word, blues poetry or rap.

What sets Ksatriya apart from his contemporaries are his songwriting and versing that reflect the life average Malaysian young and young-at-heart adults regardless of race, gender, religion, sexuality and football allegiance.

With such a lovely invitation, how could one resist spending some time with the charming Mr Ksatriya.

Ksatriya Live 

Date

16 February 2014 @ 9pm

Venue

The Canteen @ ChinaHouse, 153 Beach Street, 10300 Georgetown

GTLF 2013: Poetry at Lunch

If you are a fan of spoken word, you probably would have heard about Say It Like You Mean It. Widely known as SILYMI, this little collective of Penang musicians, poets, storytellers and other performance artists has made quite the waves in the local art circuit from its very first outing in Jan 2012.

In this year’s edition of the George Town Literary Festival, SILYMI makes an appearance (more like two) with the festival’s Poetry at Lunch segment. These Boots are Made for Walking, which takes place on the second day of the festival is “a collection of introspective, observational and amusing solo, duet and group spoken word pieces, exploring the landscape of objectification, colonialism and the nation state using the body of a woman as the map is a collective of Penang musicians, poets, storytellers and other performance artists” (GTLF).

The second Poetry at Lunch session is Bad Poets. Described as “a showcase of storytelling, inherited tales of great kingdoms and poetic stories in search of history and identity” that challenges “accepted notions and pre-conceptions of literature, poetry, history and identity”, Bad Poets takes place on the third and last day of GTLF.

Open to the public and FREE, Poetry at Lunch is not about to dish out any run-of-the-mill performance, that is for sure. If thought-provoking art is right up your alley, Poetry at Lunch might just  be the thing you have been looking for. Don’t just take our word for it, come and experience it yourself.

Poetry at Lunch

Moderator: Ksatriya

Dates

These Boots are Made for Walking: 30 November 2013 @ 12pm

Featuring Elaine Foster, Melizarani T. Selva, and Sheena Baharuddin 

Bad Poets: 1 December 2013 @ 1pm

Featuring Ksatriya, Mark Walker, Shannon Frances, Lucille Dass, and Ibitoye Azeez

Venue

Sekeping Victoria, 164 Lebuh Victoria, George Town

Ksatriya paints Malaysia in RED

RED by Ksatriya
RED by Ksatriya

If you have been to the monthly sessions of Say It Like You Mean It at China House’s The Canteen, you would be familiar with Ksatriya – the multifaceted Penang-based artist. Ksatriya is poet, songwriter and performer who has been a regular feature in the local (re: Malaysian) music and literary circuits. This VIMA-nominated artist has performed in notable Malaysian festivals, including The Georgetown Literary Festival 2012 and The Cooler Lumpur Festival 2013.

After teasing his fans and followers with singles released over the course of 2012 and 2013, Ksatriya today releases his debut EP titled RED. The EP includes eight tracks that are a blend of various genres, namely World Fusion, Rap, Spoken Word, Blues, Hip-Hop and Rock.

The tracks on RED feature Ksatriya’s vocals, be it in the style of spoken word, blues poetry or rap. His songwriting and versing shine through as the music is on each track is arranged to serve as a melodic canvas on which Ksatriya’s husky and clear voice and evocative lyrics paint pictures that very much reflect issues and lives of the average Malaysian.

Ksatriya, who is very much an activist and a vocal champion of freedom of speech, human rights and clean politics, professes to be dedicated to not sugarcoat or varnish truths in his musical storytelling. “Art is in my blood, if they take away my paint, I will paint in red,” he said, adding that his debut EP derives its title from stance of his. In other words, RED signifies “the beginning of a musical journey that promises to take fans on one hell of a ride.”

RED is now available for purchase at http://rebelrhyming.bandcamp.com/. The EP can be downloaded in mp3, mp3 320 format, AAC or other ‘audiophile’ formats, and is only available as a digital download.

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Ksatriya

*Images courtesy of Ksatriya