Sungha Jung might just be 17 years old but his appearance in our country was highly anticipated by fans from all ages! Not only were there fans from Penang and other parts of Malaysia, but there were also fans from Thailand, Indonesia and even from far, far away, having flown in from the UK to enjoy the awesomeness of his guitar fingering skills. That 1400 seats were filled in Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra on 23 June 2013 were proof enough of his popularity here.
A legendary jazz band, Jeep Jazz Band, opened the show with a medley of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’, accompanied by the powerful vocalist, Andy Siti. Dressed casually in a pink shirt and white pants to bring out his soft image, he greeted the audience with a bright smile and performed his first track, ‘Felicity’, from the latest album “Paint it Acoustic”. His amazing fingering skills received a warm applause from the audience. He said he was happy to be here in Penang again. Thanks to USM for the wonderful hall, fans were able to enjoy his music in comfort.
He then continued with his 2nd song, “ Sorry” Believe me, you don’t need lyrics to feel how sorry he is in this song. Apology accepted, Sungha! He also performed ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ cheered up the mood again. Of course, his favourite composition ‘Nostalgia’ was not to be missed.
Wordless but heartfelt, the hall was again silenced by this peaceful song. Before he ended his first session, he showed off his handy skill with Lee Byoung Woo’s ‘Bird’ and then performed a splendid duet with Andy Siti, who serenaded the audience with Narsha’s ‘I’m In Love’.
For the second session, he came out with a ukulele, performing the best ever rendition of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and an enjoyable Super Mario Theme. He then came back with a cover of the Chinese song, “You Exist in My Song” by Wanting, winning the hearts of the Chinese audiences. He also performed a few more songs with the Jeep Jazz Band, remarking that it was his last song for the night. After the fans screamed for an encore, the boy ended the two-hour show with an energetic piece of Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’, and a last song with magnificent fingering skill left audiences in awe and full of satisfaction.
Wait, that was not all. There was an autograph session which lasted an hour after the concert as a gift to the fans in Penang. Fans who came with their own musical instruments sure didn’t want to miss out on the chance to have his autograph engraved on their instruments. Those with albums and posters created a long queue while they waited for their turn.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Manuel Ukulele for the invitation.