Author: Sukhbir Cheema

We Asked Malaysians For Their Origin Story. They Amazed Us.

Of late we’ve been served numerous hate fueled content either in the form of news articles, social media posts, videos, images that touch on race and religion in Malaysia. Majority of them left a bad taste in our mouth. We felt compelled to get involved. Initially, we thought we should be angry. Pissed off. Outraged. But would being angry really work? We realised we wanted to understand the situation better. And the simplest way to do that is by sharing stories. Our stories. Stories have the power to produce lightbulb moments. And we experienced that when we posted this question onto...

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“I’ve always struggled with self-esteem and self-worth,” Gareth Fernandez

Once in a while, we receive emails from creatives living across the sea who share with us some of the amazing stuff they’ve done. Recently, we received one such email from Gareth Fernandez, a Singaporean singer-songwriter who, despite his forays into the music scene for about five-years, he has garnered over 1.1 million streams on Spotify for his song, Bit of Your Love. Earlier this year, his debut R&B track, Drowning, was also featured on the cover of New Music Friday Singapore. The track has gotten a whopping 360,000 streams on Spotify in just three-months. Gareth, who is inspired by...

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Fa Abdul On Being Misrepresented And How Every Scar Tells A Story

Image by Sharpened Word and Fa Abdul Fa Abdul is no longer a stranger among Malaysians. The courageous writer, columnist and playwright is famous for speaking her mind – whether people like what they read or hear, that is besides the point. Fa Abdul exercises her freedom to express and she does it well. In February 2019, her production Sex in Georgetown City had to be called off. Those who were against the play said it was obscene, disrespectful and un-Islamic. This, despite the fact that they had not watched the play. The play had to be re-staged under a new...

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Nicolas C Grey On Society’s State Of Decay And Lust For Life

All visuals in this post are by Nicolas C Grey The first time I stumbled upon the name Nicolas C Grey was when Ben Liew, the editor for Juice Online, recommended the artist to me. Nicolas, I’m told, has been residing in Cambodia for over 15 years and has been an underground comic artist and the author of several indie graphic novels. What’s fascinating about Nicolas is his unique punk-like art style. However it was his choice of topics and art subject which really got me sitting up straight. His artworks, though focused on decay and flaws in society,...

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Rhymebo0k And The Rise Of Sarawak’s Underground Rap Scene

All images by D&A Photography Way back in 2016, when I was still working 9 to 5 and figuring out ideas to set up Eksentrika, I met Rovella Pleant Kapple @ Belle aka rhymebo0k. Belle was among the few who was human compared to all the robots in the office. Because of this, I was quickly able to connect with her and we got along fine. During days when I had a tough time at the office, the cigarette breaks with Belle greatly helped. I remember showing Belle the first concept for Eksentrika and loved the fact that she had encouraging...

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