They invited me to join their practice, and I only came at the last practice session as I was too busssssyyyy with my schedule. Still, it was a relief. After years so long I've left the field, when I sat with them and heard them practicing I was so happy. It made me remembered my old days (Ceh, macam tua sangat). The technicality of the voice, the harmony, the happy-go-lucky surrounding, and the feeling of enjoying the situation. And this group had all what they needed, from guitar players to percussionists to vocalists. As far as I'm concern, I love musics. And I always talked to my friends when we were jamming, that I cannot imagine how beautiful would musics in Jannah would be.
I regard music as one of the beautiful natural occurrences in our world. The beauty is so captivating. MasyaAllah.. One could not help but to remember his God when hearing or listening to such beauty.
Oh..before I forgot, I played Darbuka in our street drumming performance. The nature of this instrument is to 'goreng'(I don't know the professional term), mainly using fingers. There's even a technique called finger splitting technique. You can watch it on Youtube.
So the night came. My schedule was so tight, the performance was due in the middle of an IKRAM Siswa meeting. I attended the meeting. I presented my report and responded to inquiries. There were representatives from other institutions too aside from UiTMPP, so the Q&A session was a bit long. I told my friend to text me when the time was near. And somehow, the text arrived after I finished presented my material to the perwakilan yang hadir. Alhamdulillah.
I immediately went to the hotel where we performed. To my surprise, the nature of the night was very undesirable for me. The hall was full with women with very tight clothings, hedonistic environment, and many more things I care not to mention here. It saddened me a bit though. Music and arts were supposed to remind us to God. Not vice versa. Where the ikhtilat was completely way out of control. Men with women laughed together here and there, bertepuk bertampar, and many more.
The performances were even more surprising. Even what we usually called 'tarian gelek' was up there on the stage. I quickly went out of the hall. And stayed out there until our turn came. From what I saw, people just clapped and cheered when the dancers went 'sexy', or guys touched girls, or when a hot girl grabbed the mic and sang. To really measure the quality of the music (I don't know much about plays), it's not good at all. Except for one performance from YMC(Youth Music Club). Where they performed Adele's Someone Like You. It was very good. For other performances, I saw the crowd just talked with each other in front of their plates(susunan meja macam dinner's) without really paying attention. It's good to see some of the guys were lowering their gazes when girls gone wild on the stage. But, I'd rather choose to be outside.
And at last, our turn came. Our performance started with two nasyids; Lagu Cinta and Hikmah Kembara. You can listen to the song on Youtube - Lagu Cinta by Varianz. The song was good. And masyaAllah, from what I saw, the nasyid team performed really well. I could see the crowd started to come forward. I was proud somehow, although I was not part of the nasyid team. They started their performance with Salam, they kept their adab, and performed with quality. And then we, the street drummers performed. We played three different 'rentak', Santana, Plena, and Calypso.