Hanz Koay receiving the award at HKAMF 2017.
Malaysian singer, Hanz Koay took home the ‘Top Viewer's Choice Award’ at the 7th Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival (HKAMF 2017), held recently in Hong Kong.
The talented singer-songwriter was nominated by the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) to represent Malaysia to compete at HKAMF 2017 based on his nomination in the ‘Best New Artiste’ category at AIM Chinese 2016.
This year, Hanz competed with contestants from eight countries; Self-Portrait (Mainland China), Jocelyn Chan (Hong Kong), Yeh Bing Ham (Taiwan), Hitomi Kaji (Japan), Lydia Lee (Korea), Alfred Sim (Singapore), and Pannawach (Thailand).
Hanz, who performed his song How Far during the competition, expressed his gratitude for the positive response from the international audience: “Thank you to all my fans from China for your vote, and not forgetting my fans in Malaysia for your never-ending support. I would also like to thank IFPI Hong Kong and RIM in Malaysia for the opportunity given to perform at this year’s HKAMF.”
Darren Choy, Chairman of RIM commented: “We would like to congratulate Hanz on his effort and very significant international achievement. RIM has been nominating artistes to participate in international events abroad as part of its music industry development initiatives and we are very happy that Malaysian talents are continuing to shine abroad and are able to showcase their brand of music in the international arena.”
The annual music festival, which is produced for television broadcast in over 11 countries, is a cross-regional Asian music extravaganza organised by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group), with the support of Create Hong Kong. In the first round of the competition, contestants must perform their own song and three contestants with the highest scores will have the opportunity to once again set foot on the stage to render their own cover version of other singers. The contestant with the highest score will win the HKAMF Asian Super Nova Award.
Hanz Koay performing his song, How Far at HKAMF 2017.