Supporting and collaborating with local East Malaysian artistes: Sabah’s Atmosfera to release “Kaamatan”, and Sarawak’s Alena Murang for “Sun Hat Song”.
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There is certainly much to celebrate especially during the harvest festivals of Kaamatan in Sabah, which starts on 30 May, and Gawai in Sarawak, beginning on 1 June. This year, in continuing to be a part of this rich tradition, Maxis is proud to collaborate with local artistes to produce a festive music video which brings to life a unique interpretation of both harvest festivals as well as the spirit of a vibrant community.
Popular Sabahan duo, Atmosfera, founded by brothers Hezron and Hazrenol Rayner, has released ‘Kaamatan’. Sung in the local Dusun language with the support of fellow Sabahan Ayie from Floor 88, Kaamatan is both festive and catchy, with a hook that will invite repeated plays at many get-togethers.
The music video features Eric Fuzi visiting his friend’s hometown in Sabah to prepare for their festive Kaamatan celebration. This includes him learning their cooking, dancing, music and also creative arts. Watch how he struggles to learn those and also his futile attempt to hit on a local girl in the Kaamatan music video below.
Sarawakian Alena Murang, who is of Dayak-Kelabit heritage, has released her Sun Hat Song, in which the acoustics reverbs with classic rock vibes, and is sung in multiple languages: English, Iban, Bidayuh, Kelabit and Kenyah.
The music video features Alena going back to her hometown to prepare for the Gawai festivities with her family and friends. What’s awesome in the video is how she incorporates the traditional instrument sape to fit her modern rock vibes in the song. Watch her singing her Sun Hat Song in multiple languages below.
“We join the diverse communities of Rangkaian Malaysia, especially those in Sabah and Sarawak, who will be celebrating Kaamatan and Gawai respectively, together with their families and loved ones. In serving Rangkaian Sabah and Rangkaian Sarawak, we are excited to partner with local artists in these wonderful songs about the spirit of togetherness. It reflects our own commitment to bring together communities through collaboration, so that they can always be ahead,” said Tai Kam Leong, Head of Brand & Marketing, Maxis.