Ryniee keeping dusun traditional music alive

Last update: 02/01/2020

TAMPARULI, Jan 2 -- A local teenager from the Dusun ethnic group in Sabah is determined to keep her people’s traditional music alive and is inspired to become a professional traditional music teacher herself.

The 16-year old girl from Kampung Somodon, Topokon here has been exposed to the music since young as her parents are both Dusun traditional music enthusiasts, and now strives to equip herself with the relevant knowledge.

Ryniee Ryem from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tenghilan, Tamparuli, is adept at playing several types of traditional musical instruments such as the solo sompoton, double sompoton, kulintangan, marimba, dram, bangau and binabad.

At the same time, she also plays modern musical instruments like the piano, guitar and violin, having learning them in music classes at Sekolah Menengah Advent Tamparuli since 2015.

Ryniee said although she is new to the music world, she has received many invitations to perform traditional music, including in other districts as well as Kota Kinabalu.

She said her early exposure to traditional forms of music has helped her become a more matured and courageous musician.

To further hone her skills, Ryniee is an active member of her school choir and cultural club, and a musician of the Tuaran Art and Culture Association (PESTA).

“Music is mind therapy which is good for your health and provide comfort to those in grief,” she said, adding that she hoped that traditional music can become a profession on par with other careers.