For a Malaysian twist to CNY songs, we’ve got the perfect list of home-grown music.
by Tommy Duncan, Carrybeans
Happy Chinese New Year! We hope you’re having a fantastic time with friends and family. If you’re looking for some festive songs to play in the house or sing along to, here are five of our very own Malaysian tunes!
Produced by Ai FM (for those who don’t know, this is a local Chinese-language radio station), this song speaks about good times and memories during the New Year. What’s great about this music video is that the subtitles come in both Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese.
This way, every Malaysian can understand it!
Another radio station is on this list! This song was produced by One FM, a Chinese-language station that was birthed in the Klang Valley but now broadcasts nationwide. The music video shares the story of friends who come together to to celebrate the New Year, and goes perfectly with the song title.
Sound familiar? Yes, it’s Sabah’s Jambatan Tamparuli first made popular by Justin Lusah back in the 1980s. This is Wesley Liew’s CNY version that went viral on social media. It’s become a home favourite since then, and just to brag, I witnessed the filming of Liew’s video at Jambatan Tamparuli!
It seems like the radio and television stations in Malaysia enjoy making music. This song was produced by 8TV and focusses on the celebration of good memories in the New Year. It also encourages us to cherish the good times with friends and family during this festive season.
If you watch carefully, at 1:05 the video shows two puppies running around, signifying the Year of the Dog!
Last but not least, Sabah’s very own Sheron Tan! Her CNY cover follows the tune of Sayang Kinabalu by Kimin Mudin. Tan sang in four different languages (Malay, Chinese, Dusun and English) to celebrate the diversity of her home state. This bubbly lass is known for her songs I Love Sabah and Bye Bye.
Do you like the song above? Or do you have any other favourite list that you would like to share us with?
Watching CNY classic movies while eating nian gao? Sounds fun!
Featured Image Credit: Red Morley Hewitt