Here In My Home by Malaysian Artists For Unity (MAFU)
The choir included a wide array of Malaysians from Jaclyn Victor to Tony Fernandez (rarely without a stash of red this time). Even Jason and Orked from Yasmin Ahmad's Sepet is in. Something cool indeed for this year's Merdeka celebration!
Pete Teo (Malaysian songwriter) was juggling tomatoes.
Bored. so he telephoned a few friends. “How about getting together to make an anti-racism national unity song and music video?” All said yes without hesitation, not because Pete threatened them with a sharp and rusty knife, but only because they love Malaysia.
The contingent swelled to 52 people a few days later. It included filmmakers, dancers, singers, producers, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, designers, footballers, activists, celebrities, students and a florist. Nobody would be paid, yet they were enthused. Not because they were high on speed, only because they love Malaysia.
They gathered to record the song. It had a catchy chorus and was able to induce a mass sing-along. Everyone was happy when it was done. They named it ‘here in my home’. Then more people joined. The party now included more than 120 people, but the budget remained exactly zero. It seems even the spreadsheet loves malaysia.
Everyone turned up for the video shoot. Much fun was had and friendships made. Video editors went to work after the shoot was done. Both the recording and the video would be given away for free - a gift to the nation. From those who love malaysia to those who feel the same.
Did you ask what this is all about?Song and video downloadable from Malaysian Artists For Unity.
It’s about love.