Tip of the day:
The Dusuns are arguably Sabah’s finest songwriters and vocalists – think Asmin Mudin, Justin Lusah and John Gaisah.
They never fail to produce good songs, year in and out.
The 2009 edition of what is essentially The Dusun Song Awards (Bontugan Sinding Dusun” or “Juara Carta Pop Dusun) was held at Ranau Community Hall on 14th March 2009.
I think this is the 2nd time this was held, first time in 2007.
There were 10 finalists, the top songs at the Dusun Song Charts maintained by Sabah Vfm (the local radio station).
Some of them are truly excellent songs, I’d recommend you to give them a listen, never mind if you don’t understand the lyrics.
The finalists were:
Linda Nanuwil – Upus Tolidang
Linda, the Akademi Fantasia Season 2 (2004) runnerup wrote this song, her lead single from her first Dusun-language album released August 2008. Excellent stuff.
Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas – Koupusan
The 2007 Unduk Ngadau is an excellent vocalist, and songwriter to boot! This self-penned number has been around several years.
Diana Stephen Tuning – Kada Noh Soroho
A catchy number from the D’Angels Music and Education Centre manager, the 2005 Sugandoi runnerup.
Benn Simon Bukag – Bisorou Mamatos Kolungguyan
Now this guy (on the left of the pic above) has what I think is the best Sabahan male singing voice of the last few years.
Danny F. Malinggi – Kada Oku Sundualai
Another excellent self-penned song; this is one of the best Dusun songs I’ve ever heard: one listen, you’re hooked: it’s that catchy. I wonder why I never noticed it when it ruled local airwaves in 2003.
Noveson Galuan – Polombusan Ku Suang Ginawo
John Dautis – Piupusan Di Kosusuni
Leonard Sentia – Insasamadai Kolungguian Ku
This guy has a very distinctive voice.
S. Welly – Pogiroto Do Ginawo
Nokuro 29 – Nokuro Tuh
The only group to make the final.
“Juara Carta Lagu Dusun” (essentially Dusun Song of the Year) – Benn Simon Bukag’s Bisorou Mamatos Kolungguyan
Best Performance – Leonard Sentia
Most Popular Dusun Song (determined via SMS) – Leonard Sentia
Best Vocals – Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas