Malaysian Artist Alena Murang’s ‘Warrior Spirit’ MV Wins Two Awards At IMVA 2021

Malaysian Artist Alena Murang’s ‘Warrior Spirit’ MV Wins Two Awards At IMVA 2021

Sarawak-born singer-songwriter Alena Murang’s music video for her latest single ‘Warrior Spirit’ has garnered international recognition after bagging the awards for Best Asia and Pacific Music Video and Honourable Mention For Best Costume at this year’s International Music Video Awards (IMVA) held in Britain.

The music video, released on 27 May, was produced by the same team behind Murang’s award-winning 2019 music video ‘Midang Midang’ and depicts the ‘strength within’ her people came from a line of warriors and great heroes.

“My great great-great-grandfather Balang Nganud was a great warrior and the community called him ‘the Tiger that floats enemies’ heads downriver’,” commented the sape songstress in a recent statement.

(Photo Courtesy: Warrior Heart / Alena Murang)

 

Upon receiving the awards, the Dayak Kelabit-descent artist expressed her gratitude, stating she felt “incredibly proud of the whole team that put in their time and energy towards this music video” and that’s been a “rough period for people in film and music.”

“So it’s heart-warming not only for having created this music video, but also having received these international awards.”

The unique styling of ‘Warrior Heart’ is attributed to Murang’s cultural heritage, and working with Styllar and other Malaysian designers and craftswomen, including renowned make-up artist Gebriel Padan, really bring out the essence of these traditions.

“We wanted to showcase the beauty of our Bornean cultural heritage amplified by a fashion-forward aesthetic that speaks to the spirit of a modern warrior. I’m beyond ecstatic for the honourable mention from IMVA and I hope the world can appreciate the beauty of Borneo through this music video,” said Saerah Ridzuan, the stylist behind most of the star’s appearances.

Other than receiving accolades from the IMVA, the cinematic video is also a semi-finalist for Best Film at the 2021 Los Angeles Film Awards and chosen as an Official Selection at the New York International Film Awards.

 

Malaysian Artist Red Hong Yi Enters NFT Market With Meme Banknotes Series

Malaysian Artist Red Hong Yi Enters NFT Market With Meme Banknotes Series

Hot off the heels of her internationally acclaimed art piece for TIME magazine’s climate cover, Malaysian contemporary artist Red Hong Yi has announced her mark on the NFT market with the launch of Meme Banknotes. Dropped on June 27, the series is a part of crypto-exchange company Binance’s inaugural 100 Creators programme to launch the Binance NFT Marketplace.

According to a press release, the artist’s Meme Banknotes are a ‘reflection of how meme assets, cryptocurrencies and NFTs have disrupted industries including traditional banking and art galleries.’ The series features a spoof on paper money with redesigns of several international currencies from the Chinese Yuan and US Dollar to the Malaysian Ringgit and Japanese Yen, with the first inspired by the Chinese Yuan titled “Doge the Moon”, a nod to China being at the forefront of the cryptocurrency landscape, and being the first to use paper money as a form of trade.

Collectors can also look forward to Red Hong Yi’s Memebank Exhibition to be held in Kuala Lumpur later this year, showcasing all the physical Meme Banknotes. More details will be released at a later date.

Following the first Meme Banknote’s drop, other Meme Banknotes in the series will be minted and available on the Binance NFT Marketplace over the next five months. Buyers will also have a chance to own the physical banknotes as well as an accompanying copper plate that has been etched with the respective design.

Known as the “artist who paints without a paintbrush”, Red Hong Yi is a Malaysian-born contemporary artist who creates mixed media installations by reinterpreting everyday materials through the accumulation of objects. 

Source : Studio Red Hong Yi Sdn Bhd

Francisca Luhong James Unveils ‘Kampungku’ National Costume And Evening Gown For 69th Miss Universe Competition

Francisca Luhong James Unveils ‘Kampungku’ National Costume And Evening Gown For 69th Miss Universe Competition

Francisca Luhong James, reigning Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 unveiled the ‘Kampungku’ National Costume and Evening Gown at a media preview yesterday in Vogue Lounge, Kuala Lumpur for the 69th Miss Universe® competition set to take place in Hollywood, Florida in the United States on 16 May 2021 (17 May, Malaysian time). 

The ‘Kampungku’ National Costume was created by Malaysian couture designer Carven Ong while the ‘Francisca’ doll headpiece was provided by Wesley Hilton of Borneo Doll. Carven Ong was the designer behind the ‘Peranakan Indulgence’ National Costume worn by Shweta Sekhon, Miss Universe Malaysia 2019 at the Miss Universe competition last year which drew worldwide attention. 

Literally translated to mean ‘My Village’, the ‘Kampungku’ National Costume was inspired by traditional Malay kampong houses that dot the landscape in villages and rural areas across Peninsular Malaysia.

‘Kampungku’ National Costume was created by Malaysian couture designer Carven Ong

Typically made of timber and built on stilts, the kampong house has tropically suited roofs, fenestration features to suit the warm weather and decorative elements. The traditional architecture of these dwellings reflects the craftsmanship and aesthetic elements of the Malay community, and are often built with a modular concept without the use of nails. 

The traditional Malay kampong house evokes a sense of nostalgia as it serves as a powerful reminder of one’s humble beginnings and family roots since many Malaysians might have had fond memories growing up in a village setting before migrating to the city. Weighing approximately 45kg, the kampong house is illustrated in shades of black and white to match Francisca’s batik kaftan dress.

The colour scheme symbolizes the sweet, innocent memory of one’s youth while the motif on the fabric is inspired by Sarawak’s ‘pua’ ceremonial cloth, as well as the Orang Ulu and Malay batik print. The look is completed with a headpiece in the shape of a bicycle, a typical mode of transport for youths back in the olden days.

The colour scheme symbolizes the sweet, innocent memory of one’s youth while the motif on the fabric is inspired by Sarawak’s ‘pua’ ceremonial cloth, as well as the Orang Ulu and Malay batik print. The look is completed with a headpiece in the shape of a bicycle, a typical mode of transport for youths back in the olden days.

The kampong scene is then brought to life in colour, complete with replica chickens and coconut tree when the reverse side of the house is revealed. Matching the scene is a vibrant off-shoulder orange gown representing a stunning evening sunset, and gold ‘kerawang’ wooden beading to reflect Francisca’s Sarawakian heritage.

To complete the transformation, Francisca wears a whimsical-looking headpiece by Borneo Doll featuring a ‘Francisca’ doll with an identical gown and a crown to denote queenly beauty, surrounded by the national flower, ‘Bunga Raya’ made of intricately woven ‘mengkuang’ to symbolise her beloved country, Malaysia. The whole costume and headpieces took a total of three months to complete. 

For the evening gown, designer Rizman Ruzaini was inspired by the legend of the beautiful Princess Sejinjang who is synonymous with Sarawak’s folklore. The Land of the Hornbills is also the birthplace of Francisca who is of Kayan, Kenyah and Iban ethnicity. The ombré turquoise gown was created with Princess Sejinjang in mind, the princess who was turned into an island according to legend.

Designers of the Evening Gown Rizman Ruzaini with Francisca

 

(L-R) Wendy Tan of Nature World (Wescara), Carven Ong, Francisca, Wesley Hilton of Borneo Doll, Datin Elaine Daly

 

Shweta Sekhon, Miss Universe 2019

 

(L-R) Amber Chia & Francisca Luhong James

 

The silver gemstones lend a luxurious and elegant feel to the creation, sparkling brightly as they catch the light just like the grains of sand on the ocean floor. The hourglass silhouette and high slit on the front allow Francisca to radiate confidence as a strong and beautiful front-runner when she walks on stage. 

The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization worked with the following partners in preparation of this final leg of Miss Universe Malaysia 2020’s journey: Wescara in partnership with Malaysia’s renowned international couture designer Carven Ong – designer of the National Costume; Rizman Ruzaini – designer of the Evening Gown; Secrets of Nature – the Official Safety Protection Partner and Sponsor of Francisca’s business class flights; Habib – the Official Jewellery; Jeeves – the Official Dry Clean Sponsor; Shawn Cutler – the Official Hair Sponsor; Amber Chia Academy – the Official Catwalk Academy; and Vogue Lounge – the Official Venue.

Appreciation also goes out to the following supporting partners: Borneo Doll by Wesley Hilton, Packaging Mart, Babel, Esteem Dental, Glojas Smart International Aesthetics, Esthetics International Group (EIG) – Dermalogica & Tisserand, Strip – Ministry of Waxing and La Jung Aesthetic Clinic.

Fans who want to show their support and love for Francisca can vote her into the Top 21 at the 69th Miss Universe Competition by downloading the Miss Universe official app and casting their votes now.

 

This feature was provided by The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization

A Spectacular Night of Celebration & Entertainment — Top Asia Corporate Ball 2019

A Spectacular Night of Celebration & Entertainment — Top Asia Corporate Ball 2019

The Top Asia Corporate Ball 2019 organized by Top 10 of Malaysia and Top 10 of Asia Initiative (a Kuala Lumpur based research and media organization) played host to some 900 distinguished CEOs, business owners and personalities from across Malaysia and Asia.

YB Bakhtiar Wan Chik Deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture of Malaysia

The Corporate Ball was a culmination of the Initiative’s celebration of the achievements of towering personalities, corporations and even countries in Asia. The event saw the presentation of recognitions to outstanding and inspiring achievers from diverse cultures, industries and personalities. Top 10 unveiled the best of the best which showcased inspiring stories of achievements that help to spur many others on to strive for success in their own field of endeavor.

Chairman of Bank Rakyat Datuk Noripah Kamso receives the Top 10 Malaysia Outstanding Personality Award

During the Corporate Ball, ten countries were given recognitions based on the results of recent Top 10 surveys for the categories of : Singapore – Asia’s Best First Impression Country, Japan – Asia’s Best Nation for Youth Development, Uzbekistan – Asia’s Best Nation for Historical Treasures, Thailand – Asia’s Top Nation for Medical Tourism,  Maldives – Asia’s Best Nation for Scenic Adventures, Philippines – Asia’s Nation with Best Holiday Beaches, Cambodia – Asia’s Best Nation for Archeology Tours, Nepal – Asia’s Best Nation for Mountaineering Adventures  and Sri Lanka – Asia’s Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai receives the Global Lifetime Achievement Award

Penang, Malaysia bagged the Asia’s Most Liveable City Award for affordability, quality of living, climate, health services, leisure facilities, social network, culture and friendliness.  The award was received by Penang State Exco Chairman for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage YB Yeoh Soon Hin.

The above awards were given out based on the result of a research survey conducted by Top 10 media.

Among the entertainers who received recognitions during the Ball were Anuar Zain – Asia Music Legend, Amy Search – Asia Music Legend, Datuk Wah Idris – Legendary Music Composer, Datuk Ramli Sarip – Asia Music Legend and Rozita Che Wan – Malaysia’s Top Legendary Actress.

Amy Search performed and received the Asia Music Legend Award

Julie Anne San Jose performed and received the Asia Music Icon Award

 

 

There were also four individuals who bagged the highest recognitions and they are: Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan – Mida Chairman, Datuk Noripah Kamso – Bank Rakyat Chairman, YM Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Tengku Noor Zakiah Tengku Ismail – Kenanga Founder and Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai – Top Glove Corporation Founder.

Present at the star-studded dinner event were YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia, YBhg Dato R Rajendran, CEO of RHA Media Group and Mr Lee Seng Chee, Managing Editor of RHA Media.

Rozita Che Wan receives the Top 10 Legends Malaysian Actress Award

In addition to the 900 guests, some 100 Who’s Who personalities from Asia together with 30 dignitaries (Ambassadors and High Commissioners) attended the dinner. While the event provided a meaningful platform for business and social networking opportunities, creating substantial and significant potential benefits for all guests, the Ball made a contribution to various charity organizations and causes namely CSR Malaysia and Pertubuhan Amal Tanggungjawab Kemapanan Dan Korporat Malaysia.

Charity and Fashion Excellence

Charity and Fashion Excellence

China Institute and Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund co-presented the China Fashion Gala 2019 at The Plaza Hotel. The annual celebration of Chinese design serves as a platform for Chinese talent emerging onto the international stage, as well as a forum for recognizing individuals and organizations whose contributions have helped position China at the forefront of global fashion.


The China Fashion Gala 2019 has also raised $850,000. Proceeds from the event will help support the Yue-Sai Kan CBCF Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the CBCF Executive Education in Sustainable Fashion Program in partnership with WeDesign, as well as China Institute’s Fashion Initiative including a Fashion Design Competition established to support young designers and promote creativity inspired by China.

Highlights from the evening included a cocktail reception, awards ceremony, fashion presentation by leading global design talent, Jason Wu, a special performance from Chinese pop singer Bing who is known as “China’s Masked Diva” and an auction.

RHA Media Soars to Greater Heights

RHA Media Soars to Greater Heights

RHA Media was recently presented with the prestigious Asia’s Best Brands 2019 Award, organised by World Marketing Congress and CMO Asia. The selection was based on a team of international jurors. The grand awards ceremony was held in Pan Pacific Singapore where many of Asia’s leading brands, marketing professionals and leaders from various sectors and industries gathered. RHA Media received the award for its outstanding brands, namely, Top 10 of Malaysia, Top 10 of Asia and CSR Malaysia. The award was presented to the CEO of RHA Media, Dato’ R. Rajendran by industry professionals. In his acceptance speech, the industry leader said, “This award will inspire us to work hard on improving our contents and readership experience even more.”