Syamel, who will represent Malaysia in this year’s ABU TV Song Festival, has spoken about his feelings before the festival and what he hopes to achieve out of it.

In an interview with the New Straits Times, Syamel said that he was honoured to be given the chance to represent Malaysia in the ABU TV Song Festival:

“I was truly surprised and honoured when I first got the news that I’d be representing Malaysia. Although I’m quite nervous, I’m also ready to get it on and show my capabilities. I really hope that I will do the country proud”

Syamel, whose real name is Syameel Aqmal Mohd Fodzly, will be performing the song “Lebih Sempurna” (More Perfect) at the festival in Chengdu, China. He added that he would be adding new elements to his performance.

“Since it will be taking place in China, I might change some of the lyrics to Mandarin too.”

Syamel hopes that his participation will lead to more opportunites on an international stage. “I’ll be there for a week, so I don’t want to miss this golden opportunity to gain exposure and build up a network. You never know, with any luck, I might be able to break into the international market next.”

Malaysia are returning to the festival this year, having last participated in 2015.

The ABU TV Song Festival 2017 will take place on November 1 in Chengdu, China.

This years festival sees the debut of Turkmenistan and Zambia, while India and Malaysia make their return to the event having both last participated in 2015.

The participating countries are:

  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Macau
  • Maldives
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Turkmenistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Source: New Straits Times

Since 2012 the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has organised a non-competitive festival highlighting the talents of its member nations. Countries such as Afghanistan, Brunei, China and the Maldives have participated in the event, showcasing the best of their talented music industry. Songs taking part in the event can be the singers own or a cover. The event is planned to eventually be turned into a competitive contest.