Penang Offers Spaces for Musicians to Dare to Grow

By Isaac Ho

February 2024 FEATURE
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FROM TRADITIONAL Chinese Malaysiana folk music to modern jazz, Penang Island has been home to many genres of music for generations. And not dissimilar to other forms of art, music lives and dies by its practitioners and audiences.The interesting thing about music is that it can exist as an entertainment career. We see this most prominently in Penang, in what is known colloquially as the “gig scene”—where a musical act plays popular songs (commonly referred to as the “Top 40...

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Isaac Ho

is a singer-songwriter from Penang. When he is not working his day job, he can be seen performing around venues across Penang. He enjoys playing the songs he writes and those he grew up listening to.