Translated from the Hokkien dialect, kotai literally means “song stage”. Although traditional operas are mainstays, more often than not, something akin to a mini pop concert is put up to entertain roaming spirits during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
Many a historical building in Penang has benefitted from the restorative touch of Chor Teik Heng – heritage restorer extraordinaire. He talks about integrity in work, first-timer mistakes and beekeeping for fun.
Aside from being a part of the band Space Gambus Experiment, Malaysia’s underrated Renaissance man Kamal Sabran has been directing short films, composing and making contributions to medicine and science for many years
Having had no exposure to pop music til she turned 18, Asmidar was raised on keroncong asli (traditional Malay songs) and had the full support of her parents who clearly wanted her to be a well-known mainstream singer.