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With the Sabah state elections taking place on September 26, 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, Sabahans are using creative outlets to inspire their people to rise up against tyranny.
In a song that’s quickly becoming a popular “power to the people” soundtrack, local Sabahan artists and performers like Marsha Milan Londoh, Velvet Aduk, Elica Paujin, hip-hop group K-Clique, and others presents Sabah Bangkit, in a 5-minute music video on YouTube.
#SabahBangkit— Syed Saddiq 🇲🇾🌺 (@SyedSaddiq) September 9, 2020
"Aku sudah letih,but I’m gonna keep on fighting,
Simpan dalam hati,gonna keep on reigniting,
Kita orang kita, kita jaga kita bah,
Jangan kasi orang tamak curi lagi bah,
Suara kan memang satu orang Sabah bah,
Time to stand together let the world know who we are" pic.twitter.com/96nMpLQ4Ou
Art Should Comfort the Disturbed and Disturb the Comfortable. Terima kasih team pembikin #SabahBangkit & org2 Sabah for reminding us of our power. Hanya doa yg baik2 buat Negeri Bawah Bayu. Semoga dipermudahkan segalanya. ❤️ Full video here https://t.co/KKPmatNjmT #SBHBGKT pic.twitter.com/2UqPX9N39x— Sharifah Amani (@sharifahamani) September 11, 2020
Sabah Bangkit is a good workout song!!!!!— Keleopatra (@Fameclaire) September 11, 2020
The song was co-written and produced by singer-songwriter Aizat Amdan and his award-winning producer and brother, Anas Amdan who are both frustrated and galvanized by the political atmosphere in Sabah.
Like others, Anas hopes to use his creative talents to bring about change.
Many of them want to assert themselves and lend their voices to contribute towards nation-building. They have decided to make a difference through creative outlets as singing and dancing, and that is why we’ve come up with this song.Anas Amdan via New Straits Times
The music video starts with a soulful symphony of the Sabah state anthem before transitioning into an upbeat pop song and dance number with lyrics calling for Sabahans from “Kundasang to the top of Mount Kinabalu” to stand or bangkit for their beloved state.
The video showcases various aspects of Sabahan culture from its bustling towns to its colorful people and panorama, even spotting actress Daphne Iking with her baby in a quick cameo.
The song is also available on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
You can catch the full music video, below;
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