BY PETER DICKY LEE
KOTA KINABALU – In his first appearance taking part in the beatbox battle series, 17-year old local boy, SPM student Azrin walked away with the Tambunan championship.
Azrin beat 20 other talented opponents during the beatbox battle held last weekend at the SMK Tambunan.
Along the way to winning the title he demolished his more illustrious and experienced competitors who literally had to fight tooth and nail to deny him at the championship, but to no avail.
Azrin stood his ground earning the respect of the experienced judges and to the delight of the partisan crowd.
In second place was 18-year old Roy who despite his seventh attempt at a title shot, yet again to be denied by the ultimate prize.
His last battle was at Keningau where he was also the 1st runner up winner. This time he gave everything he could muster using his vast experiences in the beatbox series but somehow the crown eluded him yet again.
In third place winner was Leo 17, also a veteran in the beatbox battle series. Hugely popular with the raucous crowd he was cheered all the way during his battles with the top 3 winners.
His passion towards this new field had seen him taking part in places like Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Keningau.
Likeable and extremely entertaining with his delightful stage antics he was also favoured to bring home the title but again it was not his day.
In fourth place was 16-year old pretty boy Hasnizam in his first attempt.
Despite his ”newbie” status he raised up to the occasion and showed his potentials as the next big name in the beatbox arena as well as a future model.
Rounding up the top 5 was 16-year old student Daniel Chong who came all the way from Kota Marudu to join in the fray.
Despite having participated 7 times in the series (his last was in Pitas), Daniel was not particularly perturbed by his inability to nab the title again but has vowed to keep on fighting until the elusive trophy is in his hands.
“Im full of praises for the competitors who had come from as far away as Sandakan, Tawau, Telupid and even Labuan,”said singer/organizer cum Borneo Events Production Managing Director Peter Dicky Lee.
“This clearly shows that beatboxing has been accepted by the young generation as the latest trend in the entertaiment industry of Sabah and it’s going to get bigger and bigger,” he said.
After Tambunan the beatbox battle series will move on to Tenom, Labuan, Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu and lastly Kota Kinabalu. The Grand-finale is expected to be held early next year most probably at the Imago Shopping Complex Kota Kinabalu.