Author: Sukhbir Cheema

Malaysian film composer releases tribute album to famous astronomers!

Onn San and the amazing artistes behind Epomania II Time & Space. Image credit Rhysher Park Who wouldn’t know Onn San right? For folks who were moved by the 2016 Malaysian sports film Ola Bola would remember the award winning composer’s emotionally stimulating score which made the film even more magical. If Hollywood has the stellar Hans Zimmer and Bollywood the enigmatic AR Rahman, Malaysia has Onn San who has all the makings to become a globally acclaimed film composer. Don’t believe us? Just give this track a listen! Einstein is a track from Onn San’s latest album, Epomania II...

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Forget about nationalistic songs, these are the Merdeka music to listen to

Every year on August 31, as Malaysians celebrate the country’s independence, more often than not they’re served with the same old stale platter of nationalistic music. The words, “perpaduan”, “kebangsaan” and at times, “cinta” is thrown in to produce at times cringe-worthy music. Thankfully, many local music lovers are not left disappointed as several of our own Malaysian musicians churn out to give their own perspective on what the word “Merdeka” means through their music. We’ve decided to create a list and here it is! Jiwa | Soul by Pulse Soundworks Featuring 14 talented Malaysian singers the likes of Nigesh...

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“More space should be made available for local musicians” Beverly Matujal

Image credit: Noah Kwek As a musician, tapping into the Malaysian audience can be a real pain, as singer-songwriter Beverly Matujal explains. The 24-year-old who hails from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah rubbishes claims made by many that lack of interest in local music due to personal preferences is a contributing factor. “It is no doubt easy to get your music out there if you’re signed under a big record label,” she says to me when we met at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac). Surely, this statement would make any local musician fume and seethe in anger. But Beverly...

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Amrita Soon on overcoming doubts and making music

Image credit Amrita Soon Growing up, Amrita Soon never really thought that she was talented. “I thought I was pretty bad at music,” the 21-year-old lass from Subang tells me. The Seremban born began singing at karaoke competitions organised by the Disney Channel when she was 11-years-old. By 14, she had began composing her own songs. “But I was afraid of sharing them. I was afraid what people would think of me because writing songs that are personal would make me appear like an open book. And that’s scary.” So Amrita began performing covers of various artists using her...

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Cartoonist Lengkuas is no more

Lengkuas (left) was a well celebrated local cartoonist. Image credit: Sireh Cartoonist The Malaysian comic industry is mourning again. Earlier this morning, online comic webstore Bekazon announced that cartoonist Zainuddin Saleh had passed away. The 53-year-old cartoonist who is known in the local comic realm as Lengkuas was believed to have been suffering from high blood pressure and kidney complications. Zainuddin was among the first cartoonists who were part of Ujang way back in the 90’s. He was known for ‘Mat Despatch’ and ‘Yob Peon’, both of which were published in the comic magazine.   Among these two comics, it...

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