age is just a number


Rokiah Mahmoud

A fun fact about children is that they have a natural interest in the things around them.

They often imitate personalities they like, or even experiment with various ideas and skills from their surroundings.

Driven by curiosity, they begin to explore things that catch their eye. The subsequent discovery will indirectly help them build their confidence and motivate them to improve.

Once children discover their own potential, they can become even more creative and focus on developing their skills around it.

The same can be said for a seven-year-old boy named Mohammad Dinnie Rayyan bin Mohd Hariyadi, or Rayyan, who discovered his passion after watching his father and brothers play musical instruments.

The young drummer is a first year student at Pengiran Muda Mahkota Primary School in Kampong Penabai.

According to his mother, Mardiana, Rayyan first became interested in music when he was just one year old, often following his father to group practices.

Mohammad Dinnie Rayyan performs at ‘Senada Seirama Night’ hosted by Jemster Entertainment

She added that at one time Rayyan had already been exposed to several musical instruments, but of all the instruments, he showed the most interest in drums.

For this, Rayyan’s parents both supported Rayyan’s interest and allowed him to play with his father’s drums as a small step towards becoming a good drummer.

Rayyan is the youngest of five children, all of whom have their own favorite musical instruments, from guitar to keyboard and drums. They also like to sing, and for this the parents bought a karaoke set along with other equipment to enable them to have their own jamming sessions.

“We let them explore their interests,” Mardiana said. “At the same time, they also pick up some techniques from social media, such as YouTube.”

Recently, Rayyan was invited to show off his talent at Senada Seirama Night hosted by Jemster Entertainment. The event was held at the Tutong District Party Stage in collaboration with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan from Brunei Darussalam. 76th anniversary celebration.

The stage performance provided an important opportunity for Rayyan to show off his skills in front of an audience.

After the performance, the young drummer expressed his joy at earning his time in the spotlight as well as the strong support he received from the audience.

When asked if Rayyan had taken music lessons to perfect his techniques, Mardiana replied that, for now, his son only practices at home with his father and siblings.

“As a music-loving family, we encourage our kids to learn or explore on their own what they love,” she said. “However, we also often advised them to prioritize school first.”

She added: “Only if they have free time or during school holidays, we will let them play together.”

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