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The first edition of KL Jamm’s ForuMuzik begins Friday, April 26, at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur, with executives from global, regional and local companies operating across the music & entertainment sectors set to discuss the key factors driving the digital ecosystem of the music industry in the Asia Pacific.

[ForuMuzik is a one-day forum, part of the music festival KL Jamm]

ForuMuzik takes a look at trends in the region’s broadcast, live and content space, hearing from pay-TV channels, OTT providers, record labels, tech experts, venture capitalists, talent agencies and live promoters about how they are expanding their businesses in the digital world.

The forum kicks off the morning agenda with “My-Jamm” featuring Astro Radio CEO Jake Abdullah, Recording Industry Association in Malaysia (RIM) Chairman Kenny Ong and ALIFE Chairman Para Rajagopal on how the industry deal with opportunities and challenges adapting to consumer’s behaviour in the developing digital age.

Gearing Up For ForuMuzik At KL Jamm Kuala Lumpur - YouTube

The forum will explore how global music & entertainment giants are building on local resources in the region; the changing environment in a digitalised market; the new economics of content creation; and the impact on marketing strategies based on new consumption behaviour.

KL Jamm’s Festival Director Dato’ Norman Abdul Halim opens the forum on morning April 26  delivering his welcome speech on the vision, inspired by the concept of Music City, of creating a sustainable live and recorded music ecosystem, and consequently provide a brief overview of KL Jamm’s programs.

Next up, Stephane Lefevre from Reed Midem will weigh on the world’s largest music trade show and the opportunities in building global presence and network between artists, music companies and industry professionals.

A session on how investment and funds are allocated and spent by government bodies and ventures capitalists for artists and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and cultural scene will be led by Malaysian Business Angels Network President Dr Sivapalan Vivekarajah. Speakers joining this session “No Money? No Problem” include MyCreative Ventures Group CEO Riza Saian; pitchIN CEO and co-founder Sam Shafie; and Warner Music Malaysia Managing Director Darren Choy.

KL Jamm’s 3-day music festival lineup

Amadeus Digital Express Chief Technology Officer Louis Tan will highlight the latest tricks building a commercially viable digital assets. His session will be followed by a China-focused presentation by M Academy China CEO Dianne Tan on how the K-pop training module are modeled to develop a vibrant ecosystem in developing and marketing talents in China today.

ForuMuzik delegates will hear about how consumer brands are merging marketing campaigns with music with Rocketfuel Entertainment CEO Murali Marimuthu, performing artists Altimet and 4As Chairman Andrew Lee. MusixMusix CMO Addie Anson will be sharing the power of digital music distribution and the importance of technology as a tool to improve retail sales and branding of music.

What does it mean to be “indie”? The “Indie Way” session will focus on how indie music have reached a global sensation over the last decade; and despite the limited resources at hand have, inadvertently, created unique marketing and distribution strategies — speakers to include WebTVAsia Group CEO Fred Chong, together with Global VIMA CEO Siva Chandran and NePT Japan Founder Karen Sakurai.

Wrapping up ForuMuzik is a discussion focused on the opportunities impacting regional creative and business communities in the Asia Pacific. Led by Festival Director Norman Halim, the session will also involve ASIRI Chairman Gumilang Ramadhan; Universal Music VP of Public Policy Asia Kwee Tiang Ang; and IFPI (HK Group) Ltd Ricky Fung.

Find the full ForuMuzik agenda here.

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OAG, Geisha, Bunkface, Amelina, Ruffedge, Ramli Sarip and five-member Korean pop group NCT Dream are now confirmed and set to wow audience with amazing song and dance at KL Jamm held at MITEC

Set to take place from April 26-28, 2019, KL Jamm is a three-day music festival, held at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre [MITEC], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

When music festival KL Jamm revealed its opening act “Re-Jamm” featuring Sheila Majid, Zainal Abidin and Afdlin Shauki just over a month ago, little did we know of what was to come. Releasing a lineup of Malaysia’s top acts for its prime spots over the course of a three-day music festival, KL Jamm sets the precedent as Malaysia’s the largest music festival 2019.

KL Jamm music festival lineup to include NCT Dream, OAG, Sheila Majid, Zainal Abidin, and more.

Here are some of the highlights.

ZAMANI began his career with the group Slam and is now known to be one of the most popular Malay pop male solo artistes in the region. He made a fresh comeback in 2018 through Astro’s Gegar Vaganza 5 competition as he proved to be a multi-talented entertainer and one, not to be missed at KL Jamm 2019.

Signed to South Korea’s label SM Entertainment, Korean pop group NCT DREAM, is fast creating a name since they debuted in 2016. The group became the only Asian act to have featured on Billboard’s “21 Under 21 2018: Music’s Next Generation”. They debut their first main act in Malaysia in a two-hour K pop tribute concert together with DJ Blink, Lunadira, Mad G, Virus Ladies and Kueendo.

NCT Dream to perform at KL Jamm, Kuala Lumpur

I-JAMM highlights a celebration of Indonesia’s mega pop bands — Nidji and Geisha — both signed to Musica Studios. Nidji aspires towards the musical expressions of Coldplay, Radiohead, The Killers and Goo Goo Dolls. And showcases its newest addition to the group, vocalist Yusuf Ubay, replacing former member Giring Ganesha. Geisha’s popularity obviously isn’t a one-day wonder. With over 81 million views on YouTube, her single “Lumpuhkan Ingatanku” remains a global sensation in the Malay marketplace.

Hip hop acts include artists and friends of Kartel Records, featuring Joe Flizzow, SonaOne, Alif, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and more. These artists celebrates Asia’s very own aesthetics when it comes to embracing the hip hop culture when MTV celebrates YO! MTV Raps’ 30th anniversary and released its very own series of episodes of the programmes’ Asia version, hosted by Joe Flizzow, Zamaera, Kim Lee and Yung Raja.

For more information about the organiser and KL Jamm’s programme, please click here.

KL Jamm is promoted by Music Unlimited International, a member of the KRU Group of Companies established in 2015.

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OAG, Geisha, Bunkface, Amelina, Ruffedge, Ramli Sarip and five-member Korean pop group NCT Dream are now confirmed and set to wow audience with amazing song and dance at KL Jamm held at MITEC

Set to take place from April 26-28, 2019, KL Jamm is a three-day music festival, held at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre [MITEC], Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

When music festival KL Jamm revealed its opening act “Re-Jamm” featuring Sheila Majid, Zainal Abidin and Afdlin Shauki just over a month ago, little did we know of what was to come. Releasing a lineup of Malaysia’s top acts for its prime spots over the course of a three-day music festival, KL Jamm sets the precedent as Malaysia’s the largest music festival 2019.

KL Jamm music festival lineup to include NCT Dream, OAG, Sheila Majid, Zainal Abidin, and more.

Here are some of the highlights.

ZAMANI began his career with the group Slam and is now known to be one of the most popular Malay pop male solo artistes in the region. He made a fresh comeback in 2018 through Astro’s Gegar Vaganza 5 competition as he proved to be a multi-talented entertainer and one, not to be missed at KL Jamm 2019.

Signed to South Korea’s label SM Entertainment, Korean pop group NCT DREAM, is fast creating a name since they debuted in 2016. The group became the only Asian act to have featured on Billboard’s “21 Under 21 2018: Music’s Next Generation”. They debut their first main act in Malaysia in a two-hour K pop tribute concert together with DJ Blink, Lunadira, Mad G, Virus Ladies and Kueendo.

NCT Dream to perform at KL Jamm, Kuala Lumpur

I-JAMM highlights a celebration of Indonesia’s mega pop bands — Nidji and Geisha — both signed to Musica Studios. Nidji aspires towards the musical expressions of Coldplay, Radiohead, The Killers and Goo Goo Dolls. And showcases its newest addition to the group, vocalist Yusuf Ubay, replacing former member Giring Ganesha. Geisha’s popularity obviously isn’t a one-day wonder. With over 81 million views on YouTube, her single “Lumpuhkan Ingatanku” remains a global sensation in the Malay marketplace.

Hip hop acts include artists and friends of Kartel Records, featuring Joe Flizzow, SonaOne, Alif, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and more. These artists celebrates Asia’s very own aesthetics when it comes to embracing the hip hop culture when MTV celebrates YO! MTV Raps’ 30th anniversary and released its very own series of episodes of the programmes’ Asia version, hosted by Joe Flizzow, Zamaera, Kim Lee and Yung Raja.

For more information about the organiser and KL Jamm’s programme, please click here.

KL Jamm is promoted by Music Unlimited International, a member of the KRU Group of Companies established in 2015.

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From April 26th-28th, KL JAMM debuts its first music festival boasting an extraordinary line-up merging popular acts from Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea set at Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

Malaysian Jazz Queen Sheila Majid and 90s pop sensationalist Zainal Abidin, together with Afdlin Shauki, opens the festival with mega concert “Re-Jamm”, a 90-minute show said to relive the nostalgia of “Ikhlas Tapi Jauh”, a concert held at Stadium Merdeka 26 years ago. The trio will also be belting out Abidin’s “Hijau” and other international classics set for 9pm at Stage 1, MITEC.

In a recent interview with New Strait Times, Sheila Majid commented that: “It is going to be an interactive show where audiences will get to sing along with us…” and expressed her gratitude to KL Jamm’s organising chairman Datuk Norman Abdul Halim for providing a “strong platform” that supports Malaysian artists and collaboration with the region’s top acts.

L-R: Yung Raja, Bunkface and Geisha to perform at Kuala Lumpur’s music festival KL Jamm.

KL Jamm’s opening night will also feature 13 Malaysian Tamil stars including Santesh, Rabbit and Sheezay, Kashmir Stone JG, Darkey, Lock up, VJ Emergency, Balan Kashmir, DJ Mastermind, Buggimaan, MG Vijai and Craankstar & Psychomantra — ALL in a 4-hour variety concert “Malaysia Passangge Jamm”.

Check out KL Jamm top highlights here.

For more information about KL Jamm and ticketing information, please click here.

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Rock has been known, globally, in the music recording world, as one of the most popular musical genre that symbolises diverse social groups who typically carry the modern labelling of ‘cool’, ‘loud music’ and as a channel that supports social movements, usually for peace and love.

Music Press Asia dedicates HUJAN’s impressive resilience as a Malay band that continues to play a role, stylishly developing the alternative rock scene in the region and the world.

Having received multiple nominations from Malaysia’s prime music awards including Anugerah Juara Lagu and Anugerah Planet Muzik, the band made its first break in 2009 winning ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Rock Song’ from its debut album “Hujan” at Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM). An album that contended with some of the largest artists of its time including Siti Nurhaliza, Misha Omar, Bunkface, Aizat and Faizal Tahir.

And their music? Hujan is, in its truest form, music that everyone finds in their regularly played playlist, deserving in its entirety as a band shared among sweet friendships, that simple. Everyone’s favourite include “Aku Skandal”, “Kotak Hati” and “Bila Aku Sudah Tiada”.

Koleksi Lagu Terbaik 'HUJAN' - YouTube

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Author Bernice Chauly has finally published a text transcription of the excerpt from an interview with the BBC World Service “The Cultural Frontline”, a programme released right after Malaysia’s election May last year. In a special episode “Truth and Taboo from Malaysia to the Middle East”.

The following excerpt, transcribed to text from the BBC programme, is initially published on Bernice Chauly’s website, dated March 16, 2019.

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Bernice was one of the interviewees for the episode (“Truth and Taboo from Malaysia to the Middle East”), and in this excerpt, she talks about the results of the recent Malaysia election, the winds of change, and what it means to be a writer in this day and age…

BBC: In the country’s landmark general election this week, the 92-year old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who defected to the opposition, has ousted the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957. The complex and close-knit set of rivalry between the front-runners has been a gift for commentators and satirists – or it would be – if Malaysia did not have some of the world’s toughest censorship laws. Well, Malaysian writer, Bernice Chauly, has taken a fictional look at the past twenty years of her country’s history in her new novel, Once We Were There. It begins with the street demonstrations of the Reformasi movement in 1998 in which she herself was involved. I spoke to Bernice down the line from Kuala Lumpur earlier and began by asking her what the Reformasi movement was all about.

Bernice: It was a major turning point because I think for the first time in Malaysia’s history, hundreds and thousands of people took to the streets without fear to show how angry they were towards Mahathir’s government at the time.

BBC: You were an activist during these protests. You were tear-gassed under his rule. During these rallies, what happened? What impact did that have on you?

Bernice: Once you’re tear-gassed, it’s an experience you don’t ever forget. It radicalises you, it politicises you, it makes you incredibly angry that your own government could actually do this to its own people. You actually feel that you’re going to die, and that’s how I felt; there was this sense of terror and panic.

BBC: Well, maybe that explains why the opening scene of your book is so visceral. Would you read us an extract and put it into context for our listeners?

The Cultural Frontline: Bernice Chauly on the BBC - YouTube

[The YouTube video above was released by Epigram Books, the publisher of Bernice Chauly’s ‘Once We Were There’]

Bernice: Sure. The crowd roared. “Reformasi! Reformasi!” Anwar, voice hoarse and fist raised, continued. “We raise the spirit of freedom! We are united against oppression! We are united in our resolve to establish justice! Long live the people! Give victory to Reform! We demand the resignation of Mahathir Mohamad!” Sumi and I looked at each other. We grinned widely. The revolution had begun. Behind us, the Federal Reserve Unit trucks pulled up and the clanging started. As if out of politeness, the bell rang three times. And then jets of water hit us like a torrent of stones. A merciless pounding. Water bullets. We were getting a beating. We screamed. I fell against a man behind me. He fell against someone else and together we tumbled to the ground like tiddlywinks. Arms, legs, hair, everywhere. All flailing. We got up and started running. Or tried to. There was panic, confusion. We ran into each other, smacking into arms, chests, elbows. No escape.

BBC: Thank you. The man you write about, Mahathir Mohamad, has become the world’s oldest elected leader at the age of 92. What’s your response to the election results?

Bernice: I could not bring myself to actually even look at him or listen to him on social media. But finally, on the last night of the election, I forced myself to watch his final speech. He spoke like a true statesman and I could see in his face the sort of resolve, the remorse that was never there. I said to myself: I think the man knows that he was the one who started the rot in the country. He’s sorry, and now he wants to make it right.

BBC: It seems ironic there that you describe him as a potential saviour, I guess. But in your book, for example, you write about him seizing to be prime minister, saying the demagogue that was Mahathir was gone, it was the end of an era, the end of darkness. And you’ve also described him as a man you’ve hated for most of your adult life.

L-R: Design covers of Bernice Chauly’s novel ‘Once We Were There’ for Singapore, Malaysia and the UK.

Bernice: We did not expect this sort of miracle of all miracles. It’s completely inconceivable; it’s something that never, any of us, ever thought could happen in this lifetime. Malaysia has been ruled by the same political party for 60 years, and it takes the oldest incoming prime minister and ex-prime minister to make this happen. So, I’m completely amazed, completely baffled and completely overjoyed that this has happened.

BBC: Mahathir Mohamad has made an extraordinary comeback. He replaces a man whom he helped into power in the first place – Prime Minister Najib Razak – who’s been plagued by corruption allegations. In another twist, Mahathir promised to hand over power if he wants – which he has – after two years to the former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who he jailed on sodomy and corruption charges, which is always denied. I mean, it’s complicated, confusing, bizarre to outsiders.

Bernice: It really is. It’s a script that no one in Hollywood could ever have thought of or neither of us. As Malaysians, what Mahathir did was unprecedented. There’s been no ruler, no politician in the world who has recanted like this, who has come back and tried to fix what he did.

BBC: What are the parallels between then and now – politically, socially and culturally?

Bernice: It’s always been difficult being an artist in Malaysia because you are subjected to censorship; you know, books get banned. Therefore, (there are) things you can’t talk about or write about: race, sex, politics and religion. So as artists, we’ve always felt very hemmed-in. Our voices have been silenced so many times and the spaces that we have, in order to create, are very small, and there are also very few individuals who are willing to take risks. But it’s the risk-takers that will eventually create and break down those boundaries that we so desperately need. In short, I think it’s the best time to be an artist in Malaysia, to be someone who is creative because we have these challenges that have been imposed on us for such a long time. And I hope that now there will be enlightened politicians and bureaucrats who will allow writers, thinkers, performers, film-makers to really make their truths. It’s time; we really need to be able to do this, right now.

BBC: You write frankly and openly about drug culture in Malaysia, transgender prejudice, sexual promiscuity, sex workers that kidnap and sell babies and young children. How difficult was it for you to write about those things?

Bernice: I’ve always been someone who has not been concerned about self-censorship because if I start doing that, I might as well not produce anything. Yes, there was a worry (that) no Malaysian publisher would touch my book, and that’s why I had to look elsewhere. My publisher, Epigram Books, took the risk; they believed in the work, they felt that it was important. So when we decided to publish it in Malaysian and Singapore, there was a disclaimer that was put by the Malaysian distributor on the book which says, “For mature readers only”. Because, with the sedition act, all it takes is one person to make a complaint about anything at all in the book and then there will be a police investigation, and things will sort of basically spiral downwards from there. So yes, it was extremely risky, but I just had to write the truth.

BBC: This election result has just happened; it’s historic, this is the first time a different party, other than the coalition (that) has been in power, will be in power since independence in 1957. What (do you think) the future’s going to be like for Malaysia?

Bernice: I think it’s going to lift our spirits and I think we can finally be proud again of this great and beautiful country.

The winner of the Penang Monthly Book Prize 2017 authored and debuted her first novel “Once We Were There” [published by Epigram Books] tells the story of a reporter maneuvering the Archilles’ heel of Kuala Lumpur, which used the “Reformasi” political movement of the 1990s as backdrop to the story.

The post Bernice Chauly In BBC Interview: “It’s The Best Time To Be An Artists In Malaysia” appeared first on Music Press Asia.

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Backstreet Boys wraps up its year-long Las Vegas residency this month in time to launch one of their largest arena world tour in 18 years, in support of their latest new album DNA. The DNA World Tour opens in Europe this May before heading to the US opening July 12th in Washington, D.C and concludes September 15th at Prudential Center, New Jersey before heading to Asia.

In support of their latest album release DNA in January 2019, the quintet’s 10th studio album and first LP in six years, the group released their very first single from the album “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” in May 2018, gaining just over 44 million views on YouTube (as of April 2019).

Following the first release, the boy group later released DNA‘s second single “Chances” in November 2018 — a song co-written by Shawn Mendes and Ryan Tedder.

The album went on to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in January 2019, which features songs written by Mike Sabbath (J Balvin), Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer and Stuart Crichton (DNCE).

For now, the Asia leg of the tour begins on October 12 in Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena, a multi-purpose arena at its maximum could hold up to 37,000 spectators, making it the third largest indoor arena in the world. Saitama Super Arena is set to host Backstreet Boys for two days before adjourning to Osaka’s Jo Hall; Macau [October 19]; Taipei [October 22]; Bangkok [October 24]; Jakarta [October 26]; Manila [October 28]; and finally concludes in Singapore [October 30].

Backstreet Boys - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Official Video) - YouTube

Backstreet Boys Asia Tour Dates

October 12 – Tokyo, Japan @ Saitama Super Arena
October 13 – Tokyo, Japan @ Saitama Super Arena
October 16 – Osaka, Japan @ Jo Hall
October 19 – Macau, Hong Kong @ Cotai Arena
October 22 – Taipei, Taiwan @ Nangang Exhibition Center
October 24 – Bangkok, Thailand @ Impact Exhibition Hall
October 26 – Jakarta, Indonesia @ Jakarta International Expo
October 28 – Manila. Philippines @ Mall Of Asia Arena
October 30 – Singapore @ Singapore Indoor Stadium

Backstreet Boys Europe & USA Tour Dates

July 12 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 14 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
July 15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 17 – Toronto, ON @ @ Scotiabank Arena
July 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place
July 24 – Calgary, AB @ ScotiaBank Saddledome
July 25 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
July 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 29 – Seattle, WA @ Angel of the Winds Arena
July 30 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
August 1 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
August 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center
August 4 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
August 5 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
August 8 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
August 10 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 12 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
August 14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
August 15 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center
August 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
August 18 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
August 20 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
August 21 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
August 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
August 24 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
August 26 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 27 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
August 28 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
August 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
August 31 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 1 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 3 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome Convention Center
September 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena
September 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
September 7 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 8 – Omaha, NE @ CHI Health Center
September 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
September 13 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
September 15 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

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The launch of the latest single, expected to feature on the 4th studio album, has marked the beginning of yet another artistic milestone for Yuna. We recalled the last we’ve heard of the soulful songstress when she released her 3rd studio album ‘Chapters’ in 2016. Back then, she was already charting a formidable, yet unorthodox personality — a progression and creative growth that has profoundly evolved symbolizing the YUNA we see today. With a broad smile coupled with a strong and colourful fashion sense and voice uniquely her own, she went on to empower others in her art channeling modestly an increasing confidence every single time she launches an album.

Los Angeles-based Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna, is professionally known for embracing, in her earliest creative career as a prominent artists, an eclectic R&B sound with heavy influences of the East that is fast becoming a formidable cultural prominence in R&B worldwide.

“I wanted to feature Perlis because it’s where I spent most of my childhood and I wanted to show how beautiful it was and still is, and how untouched by modernisation, which I love very much”.

Yuna

‘Forevermore’ provides a foretaste to an album brewing a forthcoming desire for renewed optimism.  

The teasers released in snapshots and video formats clearly juxtaposed the modern and the old, and divulged little of what was truly coming. The colour and light reveal a nostalgic playfulness of the 80s via a ten-second preliminary video introduction of what was later known, characteristically, as the driving beat for the entire single; the drumming of a Malay ‘kompang’ that foreshadows the arrival of the song name in four languages.

Equally prominent as the stark lyrics that follows, the beginning scene, as fleeting as it is, marks a  rather unusual prologue. Albeit its deafening silence magnified only by the rumbling generator lighting an old petrol station, chirping crickets, and an almost horror-like display of a first generation Proton Saga, the instant yet powerful blip set a shift, an evolving composure and engineered visual identity that, almost instantly, identify with its audience.

“We wanted to show Malaysia in a different way – not the way that you see in travel videos. We wanted to showcase the unfiltered, quirky and raw beauty of the mundane like an old petrol station, a sundries shop in a rural village, the motorcycle culture (Mat Rempit) that is often stigmatised by society, and older Malaysians who have seen experienced changes to their hometown throughout the years.”

At the root of it all, ‘Forevermore’ is Yuna’s personal ode or ‘syair’, described as a type of traditional Malay poetry, depicted through the eyes and memories of a childhood growing up in Malaysia; in lush countryside scenery and vividly eloquent and culturally aesthetic people. Its fluid lyricism accompanied by vivid imagery — a dedication to her childhood memories — provide a glimpse of the beautiful past that remains a powerful force that drives an assuring future.

To witness the whiplash contrast between the musical creativity, and the palatial power of the lyrics, the creators have introduced new elements of exoticism merging detail cultural references from Malaysia intertwining scenes from Stadium Shah Alam, the ‘Mat Rempit’ motorcycle culture, an old school ‘kedai runcit’ or sundry shop, and lush countryside with modern pop and R&B elements.

Shot entirely in Malaysia, the video is produced by 33.3 Creative, directed by Adam Sinclair and alongside a seasoned team including Edwin Raj, Samuel Lam, Rabbani Sujak, Haida Yusoff and Karma Raines.

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TikTok, the short video platform, is supporting Earth Hour globally through campaigns in Japan, Singapore, Korea, India, Malaysia and Indonesia to raise awareness on environmental protection.

TikTok launches the #SGEarthHour2019 challenge in collaboration with Earth Hour Singapore to highlight the important role of nature in everyday life and appreciation of natural resources including food, clean air and fresh water.

Special customised stickers have been introduced by TikTok as part of the challenge in conjunction with Earth Hour. Calling all influencers to be part of the event, Singapore’s pop icons, content creators including Kevin Lester [The Lion City Boy] to lend their support and use these stickers in their videos.

Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organisations in more than 180 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action for over a decade.

This year, Earth Hour invites everyone across the world to show their solidarity towards planet Earth by turning off their lights for an hour on March 30 at 8:30 p.m. local time. In Singapore, people all over the country are invited to join #SGEarthHour2019 by participating in Earth Hour events, such as the Festival of Nature at Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza.

TikTok users in Singapore will be able to use the special Earth Hour stickers from March 28 by uploading their TikTok videos with the hashtag #SGEarthHour2019.

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