I remember once when an auntie of a music shop asked me "你 听 马来 歌?" (you listen to Malay songs?) when I purchased Ella's album (for those who don't know, Ella is one of Malaysia's best selling female artiste - famed for the 1998 KL Commonwealth Games song - Standing In The Eyes Of The World).
Anyway, that's just one of the many incidents. I can't help it - I grew up mixing with a group of Malay friends in school - a whole gang of them actually, and they introduced me to Malay pop. I am those people who you call grew up in an English educated school. It was through them that I know KRU, 4U2C, Awie, Ziana Zain, Erra Fazira, Amy Mastura and many more.
I'm not sure if I'm right, but I think many people think that listening to Malay songs are a lil uncool, especially if you are Chinese? Though I can guess a few reasons, but I still ask how come? I am Malaysian-mah... and my national language is Bahasa Malaysia. Can't a Chinese listen to Malay songs?
I mean, we listen to Spanish songs, Japanese songs, and even Korean songs without really knowing the lyrics, do we? (except 사랑해요 - sarang he yo of course).
Beginning To Be Cool?
But, I guess all that is about to change. First we have a duet by Lin Yu Zhong 林宇中 with Sheila Majid in Melodi.
Then Chinese singer Karen Kong 龔柯允 released her debut album in Malay - Mulakan with hit song Cinta Hello Kitty.
Wait - there's more!
Now if you think it stops there, one more song is going to make an even bigger impact in the Malay music industry at least. Yes, it's the Official Malay version of the Summer Olympics song - Olimpik Di Beijing.
First let me tell you the local based acts featured include people like Maya Karin, Jaclyn Victor, Ning Baizura, David Arumugam (Allycats), Faizal Tahir and Pop Shuvit.
Wait, and before you start yawning.... this is not just another Malay song because joining these stars are our overseas based acts - Micheal Wong 王光良, Penny Tai 戴佩妮, Gary Cao Ge 曹格 and Daniel Lee 李吉汉 amongst many others. Yes, these Chinese stars are singing in Malay!
Yes, sit up and listen to it... This is going to be a special olympic song alrite! We Are Ready!
*Now, who say Malay songs are uncool? haha
Official Beijing Olympics Report On Olimpik Di Beijing.
Report by The Star.