Heartiest congratulations to our well-known local Sape player, Alena Murang who together with Sarah Lois Dorai had won the Best Asia & Pacific Music Video and received an honourable mention for Best Costume category at this year’s International Music Video Awards (IMVA) in United Kingdom (UK).
Their music video which entitled "Warrior Spirit" was released on YouTube on 27 May and had so far attracted over 149,000 views worldwide while winning the hearts of the IMVA judges who were from various countries.
Alena together with her cousin, Sarah had made us proud by putting both Sarawak and Malaysia on the international music scene which is indeed competitive in nature. But both had shown to us that Sarawakian artistes are capable of using music as well as creative film making as the platforms in showcasing of our rich traditional Sarawak and Borneo heritage.
Both of them had also inspired our local youths to follow their footsteps especially in the music, creative and film making industry which offers limitless possibilities for the young generation to showcase their wonderful talents. Sarawak’s unique history, culture, arts and traditions had always captivated the imagination of people from other countries simply because of the exotic nature the state is blessed with.
The music video was wonderfully done and the storyboard was mesmerising to the viewers while capturing their imagination on how wonderful the state of Sarawak is especially where its past history, rich culture, arts and traditions are concerned. It is still a wonderful place like no other!
I have commended their music video which was produced by the same people behind Alena’s previous award winning music video called "Midang Midang" and was directed by Sarah Lois Dorai who is also her own cousin, and co-produced by Kanid Studio and Project Room.
Thumbs up to their creativity in taking inspiration from the diverse ethnic cultures, traditional dances and colourful costumes found in Sarawak which were showcased in the entire video that had related the spirit of local warriors, their strength and courage in fighting together for a bigger cause.