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Youth speak out in song album
Saturday September 18, 2010

PETALING JAYA: An album containing songs written by talented young musicians from all walks of life has been launched by youth project Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) in the spirit of Malaysia Day.

Eleven songs about being Malaysian were compiled for the album titled Bangkit (Rise), the product of an online contest organised by SABM.

“The songs are from different genres and languages and reflect what the youth feel about Malaysia. This is a platform for them to speak out,” said contest coordinator S.V. Singam at the Malaysia Day celebrations held at Rumah SABM here on Thursday.

About 200 people attended the modest celebrations which also coincided with SABM’s first anniversary.

Hear us out: (From left) Adriana Thani, Kwee Jooi Theng and Chuah Ee Chia showing off the Bangkit album at the Malaysia Day celebration at Rumah SABM on Thursday.

The contest, which ended on June 15, was open to citizens aged below 30 years.

Singer songwriter Amirah Ali, 28, who performed at the event, contributed Katakanlah, an eclectic fusion of Indian and Malay traditional musical influences with modern drums and keyboard.

Rock bands Car Crash Hearts and Project Ei8ht’s songs also made it onto the album.

Aliff, 23, lead guitarist for Car Crash Hearts, said their song Bangkit! (In/Out) was a message aimed at youth to get them to vote.

“This is our ‘angriest’ sounding song and we want to draw people’s attention to our message to vote instead of complaining,” said Aliff.

The album is sold at SABM events and will also be available online at a later date.

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