Artist Profiles: Aseana Percussion Unit

Aseana Percussion Unit

This 8-member group of musicians based in Kuala Lumpur uses anything that can make a sound, be it garbage can covers or broomsticks, they will find a rhythm for it.

They were formed in 1998 by Edwin Nathaniel, Shahrin Hamid, Kirubakaran and Philip Robert, and expanded from there.

Rhythm is the easiest way of communication that transcends all barriers. Their regular shows at The Actors’ Studio Bangsar are always presenting new and unexpected ideas to wow the audience.

We just want to play” manager Paul Augustin says. Everything they do is based on rhythm though they sometimes dose it with some melodic instruments. They fuse and re-fuse so many different types of styles that it is hard to know what is coming, going, and when.

They grab anything they can that will serve their purpose and have no time for any kind of snobbery. Brazilian surdo, the Indian tabla and taviel, the Malay kompang and gendang, the Trinidad steel pan, the African jembe, Native American pow-wow drum and a hodgepodge of common household utensils. The group experiments with whatever they lay their hands on.


Colours of Rhythm (Penang-YTL Arts Festival, Dewan Sri Pinang 2002)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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