The Venue For All 3 Contests

ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival

The ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival’s were held from 1989 to 1991 and were organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. The ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival’s were a competitive contest held in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and broadcast across the region as well as Europe.

ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival 1989

The first ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival took place on October 1st. The contest was a merger between the ABU Popular Song Festival which had been run by the ABU from 1985 and the domestic Malaysian contest the Golden Kite Festival which was run by the Malaysian broadcaster TV3.

The contest was hosted by TV3 and presented by Wan Zalleha and Mahathir Lokman, the show was not scripted. The venue was the Putra World Trade Centre.

Taking part in the 1989 contest were:

  • Australia – Paul Shelest (17) – Come With Me
  • India
  • Indonesia – Hari Moetkl – Aku Suka Kamu Suka (I Like, You Like)
  • Japan – Saori Hareyama – Tsugaru Jongara Otoka
  • Jordan – Qusai Zureikat
  • Malaysia – Adnan Abu Hassan – Jalinan Bertakha (Throne of Love)
  • Nepal – Prakash Shrestha
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines – Ivy Violan – Easy To Love You
  • Singapore – Christina Ong – I Want To Remember
  • South Korea – Chi Yeon Lee – Love For Night
  • Yugoslavia

Prizes were awarded to the top. 3 performers as well as the top three songs, the prizes for the singers were:

  1. US$ 7,000
  2. US$ 5,000
  3. US$ 3,000

The prizes for the top three songs were:

  1. US$ 10,000
  2. US$ 7,000
  3. US$ 3,000

The results were as follows, the top 3 singers were:

  1. Indonesia – Hari Moetkl – Aku Suka Kamu Suka (I Like, You Like)
  2. Philippines – Ivy Violan – Easy To Love You
  3. South Korea – Chi Yeon Lee – Love For Night

The top three songs were:

  1. Philippines – Ivy Violan – Easy To Love You
  2. Australia – Paul Shelest (17) – Come With Me
  3. Malaysia – Adnan Abu Hassan – Jalinan Bertakha (Throne of Love)

Disclaimer – Information is incomplete.

ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival 1990

The 1990 contest was once again held in Malaysia at the Putra World Trade Centre, this time in September 1990. A total of 14 countries took part in this contest, the running order on the night was as shown below. Videos of all of the songs in the contest still exist, you can watch the performances by clicking on the songs:

  1. Japan – Yukinao Contact – Ai wa shinanai
  2. Philippines – Martin Ramon Nievera – Without you
  3. Singapore – Rozie Rahim & Kevin Ong – Where do we go from here?
  4. Brunei – Awangku Yusri Mohamed Pengiran Yahua – Memori cinta 
  5. Australia – David Page – How do you ever know it’s love?
  6. Malaysia – Liza Aziz – Selamam ku tola ke tepi
  7. Hong Kong – Rita Maria Carpio – Oh my God!
  8. Finland – Gutter Twins – Kun tuneet kulejetta
  9. Indonesia – Tri Utami Sari & Utha Likumahwa – Bila 
  10. South Korea – Min Hae-Kyung – Beloved face
  11. Nepal – Sukmit Gurung – Binti a chari
  12. Yugoslavia – Boris Novkovic – Dajana 
  13. Sri Lanka – Jagath Wickramasinghe – Obath mamath hindina me Iowa tula
  14. Pakistan – Tina Sani – Lab aazaad

The results are as follows:

The top.3 performers were:

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. Indonesia

The top.3 best songs were:

  1. Japan
  2. Finland
  3. Philippines

As with the 1989 the results were decided by a jury of music professionals and experts. Cash prizes were once again given to the winners of the prizes however the amounts are unknown.

Disclaimer – Information is incomplete.

ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival 1991

The ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival returned for a third and what was final time. After this years contest the ABU broke ties with the contest and the Golden Kite festival returned to a domestic Malaysian show. This year a total of 17 countries competed in the contest, Jordan returned to the contest after a 1 year break, while China, Iran and Turkey make their first appearance at the contest. Withdrawing from the contest that year were Hong Kong, Nepal and Yugoslavia.

The contest was hosted by Mahadzir Lokman & Wan Zaleha Radzi and took place on November 25th.

The running order and the songs on the night were as follows (you can watch the performances by clicking on the songs):

  1. South Korea – Yang Soo Kyung – Sarangyn zhakaun yuhok
  2. India – Madhuri Sharma & Shobhana Rao – Let us join hands together
  3. Japan – Nahoko Morooka – So-jyuku
  4. Singapore – Jacinta Abisheneganden – Everything I know
  5. Pakistan – Arfak Sikkidi feat. Arif Lohar – Meray dais mein harpa
  6. Jordan – Suhair Odeh & Mustafa Sha’sha’a – Magdar agollak
  7. China – Qui Yu – True Love
  8. Philippines – Smokey Mountain – Tayo Na
  9. Malaysia – Mark David – Dari keluhuran hati
  10. ? Surviving broadcast does not show who the 10th country was
  11. Australia – Penny Pavlakis – Like a song
  12. Indonesia – Utha Likumahwa – I am sorry for everything
  13. Brunei – Pg Azahari Pg Hj Damit & Jainah Othman – Resah
  14. Finland – Samuli Edelmann – Peggy
  15. Sri Lanka – D. Suby, P. Vithana & K. de Silva – Siri Lak bimai
  16. Turkey – Fatih Erkoç – Korku
  17. Iran – Mohammad Reza – Sharaf mashali

Once again prizes were awarded to the top 3 performers and the top.3 songs. The results are as follows:

Best song:

  1. Australia – US$12,000
  2. Philippines – US$7,000
  3. Indonesia – US$3,000

Best performers:

  1. Philippines – US$ 7,000
  2. Australia – US$ 5,000
  3. Indonesia – US$ 3,000

Things to note

  • Jordan’s participants were a husband and wife, they were the first couple to perform together at the ABU Golden Kite Song Festival.

Disclaimer – Information is incomplete.

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