Busking with us this Saturday!

Volatile is  a four piece rock band inspired by Shinedown, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and Rush. Fronted by vocal Powerhouse- Sean Choon, Guitarist- Jaime Gunter, Bassist- Wei Wen and Drummer- Antoine Loncle. They are currently working on an album and hoping to release it soon.

MõBeat is translated directly from Cantonese “无Beat” which means no beat. It stands for musicians who can express the meaning of lyrics with any beat and anyone can just feel their music freely. MõBeat is not a group but a common society for those who love rap music. MõBeat will cooperate with different musicians to produce music occasional. MõBeat consists of 3 members: Hour, Kydd and Bot and they are expecting for more partners to join them to bring up local rap music.

Ksatriya 2

Penang-born Ksatriya is a VIMA-nominated poet and songwriter. Word on the street is he speaks the truth to a beat. His originality and powerful storytelling have earned him a solid fan base among Malaysians. His debut EP titled RED was just released on Oct 1st. Check it out here: http://rebelrhyming.bandcamp.com/album/red

And lastly..

Shannon Frances

Living in the jungles of mainland for seven years, American poet Shannon Frances has found that Malaysia provides plenty of poetic inspiration. Her search for like-minded people, books and good vegetarian food brings her to Penang Island often, where she is gratified to find art and literature alive, well and deserving of support. Having found a receptive audience for her provokative “Bad Poetry” series, she is currently working on a new series of poems, entitled “Malaysian Statistics”. Shannon is deeply convinced of the value of democracy and is excited and proud to support local democracy in Malaysia.

This whole event will be hosted by..


Sugeindhiran or better known as Sugein “The Macho Macha” is a Vocalist/Rapper/MC currently based in Penang. Known for his love for the local entertainment industry, he has not only competed in competitions at the national level where he won second runners up, but has performed in musical events, charity based concerts and plays. Sugein has also hosted almost any type of event turning it from rigid and monotonous to witty, fun and lively with heavy audience participation.


Yeu Shu is a Penangite who majors in Chinese Studies in UTAR, Kampar. She is active in school activities and has experiences for emceeing few events in school.

For more information on this Saturday’s event: https://www.facebook.com/events/158252751049452/



LDF Launch

We will be having our FIRST event!

Head down to Padang Kota Lama (near the MPPP building) on 5th October  at 6.00 pm as we LAUNCH Local Democracy Festival 2013. Thereafter, there will be busking performances by Ksatriya, Mobeat, Shannon Frances and Volatile, hosted bu Teh Yeu Shu and Sugein.

Check out their profiles below:

That’s not all!

There will be booths selling merchandise and books as well!

So come along this Saturday with family and friends, and chill with us that evening!

See you there!

For more information on the Launch and Busking event: https://www.facebook.com/events/158252751049452/?ref=22

Penang allocates RM40,000 for democracy festival

Posted on 1 October 2013 – 09:29pm

Last updated on 1 October 2013 – 09:56pm

GEORGE TOWN (Oct 1, 2013): The Penang government has allocated RM40,000 for the the Local Democracy Festival 2013, which begins on Saturday.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the three-month event organised by Suaram and supported by the state government is aimed at promoting democracy among the younger generation.

“The event will allow them to have a better understanding of local governance, ” he told reporters at a press conference today.

The festival was introduced in 2010 and served as a platform for the voice of the youth to be heard.

Project coordinator Melanie Yong said the festival, which entered its fourth year, has created an awareness of democracy among youths.

“There are plenty of activities, such as a forum on JKKK (village development and security committee) elections and an activism camp, to appeal to people from all walks of life, ” she said.

The event ends on Dec 15.

To view article: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/844860