Amidst the doom and gloomily, we have this … a world-class performance by the Borneo-born Kuala Lumpur-based Alena Murang, who also plays the sape, and her team.
Warrior Spirit picked up two awards at the International Music Video Awards in the UK for best Asia Pacific music video and an honourable mention for best costume. It also won a special jury award at the Los Angeles Film Awards and best music video at the Rome International Movie Awards.
Alena and her troupe deliver a virtuoso performance, blending native rhythms with the mesmerising soulful lift of the sape, taking the rendition to a spiritual high. The colourful costumes provide a rich visual tapestry that blends with the mystical natural backdrop.
For far too long, Malaysians in the peninsula have not been exposed much to the diverse cultural riches we have been blessed with. Hopefully, Warrior Spirit will encourage us to unearth more hidden gems among us.
Warrior Spirit is from Alena Murang’s latest album Sky Songs.
Music video co-produced by: Project Room & Kanid Studio
Executive producers: Alena Murang & Fabian Joseph
Directed by: Sarah Lois Dorai
DOP: Fabian Joseph
Music written by: Alena Murang & Joshua Maran
Performed by: Alena Murang, Joshua Maran, Jonathan Wong Ketshin, Herman Ramanado & Jimmy Chong
Audio recorded, mixed & mastered by Ian Koren at Goldensound Studios