Art media

Airtime: Naungan’s heartfelt tribute to ‘Malaysia’, art deco in KL and beyond

MUSIC VIDEO: NAUNGAN’S “MALAYSIA”

Date and time: Unlimited

Naungan, a newly formed multicultural group of local musicians, chose the right season to release their first recording, an instrumental version of Malaysia (a song by Faizal Tahir).

Traditional band meets classic, which includes Yi Mann (gu zheng player), Anderson Kalang (sap player), Abisheg M (sitar player), Asri Sharizan (keromong), Vick Ramakrishnan (tabla), Amir Percussion (rebana asli), Alex Rocksta’ (ukulele) and Toro Cheng (keyboard), quickly triggered creativity.

The Malaysia video – wholeheartedly endorsed by singer Faizal – shows this cultural melting pot of collaboration coming together with ease in a video shot at the Shah Alam Stadium. The song was produced by Rockstars Production.

“When a group of musicians come together to play, there is no distinction between skin color, religion and culture; there is only music. In this video, we translate our love for our country into music with our rendition of the song Malaysia.

“Instruments from all Malaysian cultures come together in a song dedicated to all Malaysians, transcending borders and uniting hearts through the arts. This Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia, we hope this song will bring joy and love to our Malaysian brothers and sisters,” reads a press release from the production team.

More information here.

A screenshot of ‘Okong Tales’, which is an action story game featuring Sabahan folklore.

VIRTUAL GAME: 48 HOURS OF FOLKLORE JAM

Date and time: Unlimited

The Faculty of Animation and Multimedia of the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara) recently hosted a 48 hour folk game jamwith participants bringing to life the many female folk heroines of Malaysia and the Nusantara region.

From the ancient Puteri Walinong Sari of Inderapura to the legend Sabahan of Okong Srikandi Sungai, these games covered a wide range of folk tales and genres. Participants were encouraged to keep their video game narratives localized, without Western-centric references.

Discover each entry of the 48 hour folk game jam here.

VIRTUAL ART: SIRI PENGABSAHAN ZAPIN JOHOR – ZAPIN DINJAT / GINJAT

Date and time: Unlimited

This virtual series by Nusantara Performing Arts Research Center is an initiative to popularize various styles of zapin from the districts of Johor with the aim of ensuring its preservation and continued practice.

This episode – in Bahasa Malaysia – focuses on zapin dinjat or ginjat. This zapin has faster and more aggressive moves. The men dance in pairs, with brisk tiptoe steps and strong, slightly aggressive rhythms of Marwas (small double-sided, high-pitched hand drum). The video will also include a moderated discussion with Salimi Mohd Shah and Mohd Iskandar Shah Abdullah, both students of the late Suhairi Adam, an Adiguru Dinjat Zapin from a village near Sarang Buaya in Johor.

WEBINAR: BWM TALK SERIES

Date and time: Unlimited

The Art Deco style, which first appeared in France in 1925, is known for its clean, anti-traditional design, which symbolizes wealth and sophistication.

In this two-part webinar series by Badan Warisan Malaysiaanimators look at Art Deco styles from Mumbai, India and Kuala Lumpur.

Anand Krishnan, architect and board member of Badan Warisan Malaysia, moderated the session Of Eyebrows and Flagpoles: Art Deco in Malaysia. It featured architect Yvonne Leong and lecturer Simon Soon. Explore art deco in 1930s Kuala Lumpur architecture through a series of buildings designed by Arthur Oakley Coltman of Booty, Edwards & Partners.

The conference aims to identify some of the typically playful stylistic characteristics of Art Deco in the capital. Atul Kumar, Founding Trustee, Art Deco Mumbai Trust, will take you on a virtual tour of some Art Deco buildings and contextualize this modern architectural development in Mumbai. The city has the second largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world.

More information here.

'Red Velvet' written by Penang-born playwright Yusof Bakar.  Picture: handout‘Red Velvet’ written by Penang-born playwright Yusof Bakar. Picture: handout

VIRTUAL THEATER: RED VELVET

Date and time: until August 28, 8:30 p.m.

Penang-based playwright Yusof Bakar red velvet is a dark comedy that tackles hard-hitting themes such as pedophilia, hidden predators, nervous breakdown and the consequences of lack of sex education.

Directed by Azizi Nazril, this Bahasa Malaysian play centers on Ain who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome when he was kidnapped by Amar and Aaron. She becomes attached to her captors and continues to have a relationship with them. At the same time, Ain has an affair with Ai Ling. A few years later, his parents discovered his illicit activities. They confront her and she is forced to choose between Amar, Aaron and Ai Ling. She reveals her choice at her 17th birthday party. The play stars Natashalanz, Villmett Thanakody, Fohcuys and Daphne Fang. You can also see Red Velvet on location at Revolution Stage Studio.

red velvetpaid, can be streamed via the Revolution Stage website.

More information here.