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Borneo-Inspired Music Video By Sarawakian Artiste Wins Big At International Music Video Awards

Sarawakian sape singer and songwriter Alena Murang has created a stunning masterpiece with her Borneo-themed music video titled ‘Warrior Spirit’, which recently won the ‘Best Asia & Pacific Music Video’ and ‘Honourable Mention for Best Costume’ awards at the UK’s International Music Video Awards (IMVA)!

Born of Dayak and Kelabit descent, Alena worked with her cousin, Sarah Lois Dorai to bring their dying Borneo heritage to life and showcase the strength of the great line of warriors in their community, through the form of music and filmmaking.

Credits: NME

“My great-great-great-grandfather Balang Nganud was a great warrior, the community called him ‘the Tiger that floats enemies’ heads downriver’. Though we no longer practice that anymore, we inherited their spirit, their courage, their strength; and more over, the courage to fight together for something greater than ourselves. I think many Malaysians, and people across the world also, can relate to the spirit of the warrior,” said Alena.

The styling, music and dance of the music video draws inspiration from various diverse cultures of Borneo and in particular, Sarawak. Putting together an award-winning music video is no easy feat, but Alena managed to pull through with the help of stylists Saerah Ridzuan, make-up artist Gebriel Padan, along with several Malaysian designers and craftswomen.

Credits: The New Sarawak

The music video that is directed by Sarah, and co-produced by Kanid Studio and Project Room, is currently a semi-finalist for the ‘Best Film Award’ at the 2021 Los Angeles Film Awards.

“The wins and selections at festivals only goes to show that there is an interest in the stories that we have to tell from our part of the world, and from indigenous communities. We hope that many more films from native voices will be financially supported in the future,” said Sarah.

Enjoy this magnificent work of art from Alena and her amazing team here!


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