Music and singing bring out many emotions in people. Many important moments in life involve music like the first dance at your wedding, birthday celebrations or even your graduation.
There are many genres of music like jazz, rock, pop music, rhythm and blues and many others. Everyone has their preferences and favourites when it comes to music. Music and singing has many benefits and one of the vital one is that it tends to serve as a stress reliever and make us happy.
Malaysia is well known for its cultural diversity. It is a multiracial and multicultural nation where Malays. Indians, Chinese and various ethnicities live together harmoniously. Malaysia is known for their delicious local food, tall buildings like the Petronas twin towers and the friendly people.
On top of all that, this country has many prominent singers like Siti Nurhaliza, Yuna, and many more. The Malaysian music industry offers versatile music by talented singers who each have their own style.
If you are interested in becoming a singer, you definitely can do it. There are many methods available to become a great vocalist. If you have the determination and put in the effort, you will be able to achieve it.
One of the best ways to learn to sing is by taking lessons. The ultimate goal for every singer is to sing with ease and clarity. With lessons, you can achieve a finer grasp of a musical style, apt performance techniques, focus, proper articulation, and delivery. You will learn how to project your voice and discover your unique style that you are comfortable with. Lessons will also teach you how to convey your emotions with your voice and connect better with the audience.
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Singers are a big part of people’s life. The way legendary singers passionately deliver their best in their performance captivates audiences' attention. These singers are lodged in people’s hearts and souls. Singing is the act of using the voice to produce musical sounds. Let's look at some of the prominent singers from all time periods in Malaysia.
Always remember, if you are interested in learning to sing, you can because it is a skill that can be learned. You too can be a well-known singer in Malaysia. The singers listed below are just a to name few of the many talented singers in this country.
Sudirman Hj Arshad
Sudirman was one of Malaysia’s legendary singers. He was named ‘Asia’s No. 1 Entertainer’ at the Salem Asian Music Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 19 March 1989. He is known as the “singing lawyer” due to his bachelor's degree in law from the University of Malaya. His songs are still popular today even if he is no longer here.
Some of his iconic songs which are often re-sung by today's generation are:
Chaw is a famous singer and songwriter who is extremely successful not only in Malaysia but in other countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Gary has won numerous awards for his outstanding singing career and his famous song was the Mandarin version of Karyn White’s 1988 song called “Superwoman”. Besides, he also wrote songs which were ranked on the top of song charts sung by singers such as Cyndi Wang, S.H.E. and Aaron Kwok.
He was named "Best New Male Artist" at the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards in 2006 and received a nomination for "Best Male Mandarin Singer" at the 18th Golden Melody Awards in 2007. One year later, Chaw released Super Sunshine, a popular album that won him the award of "Best Male Mandarin Singer" at the 19th Golden Melody Awards
Yunalis binti Mat Zara'ai, known professionally as Yuna, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter. She began writing her own songs at the age of 14. Later, needing a creative outlet when she was a law student at university, she taught herself to play the guitar. Yuna made her recorded debut album in Malaysia in 2008 with a self-titled EP which won Best New Artist and Best Song for her breakthrough hit "Dan Sebenarnya". She has many international albums like “Chapters” featuring an incredible duet with R&B superstar, Usher and “Rogue”.
Lian Jingru is well known through her stage name Fish Leong. She is known as the “Queen of Love Songs”. Her debut album, Yi Ye Zhang Da, was released in 1999. Over the next ten years, Leong released ten more albums, scoring sales records and awards from a bevvy of Asian awards ceremonies. She has collaborated with prominent Chinese pop stars like Lee Hom Wang and Ashin. She is popular even in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
She started her career in 1995 and won the Bintang HMI singing competition broadcasted by Radio Television Malaysia in the same year. She rose to fame with the award-winning single, “Jerat Percintaan”. She has won competitions in Kazakhstan, China and Australia over the years, and is extremely popular in Indonesia as well. She is known as “The Voice of Asia” and “Celine Dion of Asia”.
Jaclyn Victor is a Malaysian singer and actress who won the inaugural Malaysian Idol and Ikon Malaysia. She has been dubbed "Asia's Divette" for her vocal prowess. In early 2018, Jaclyn Victor received an Anugerah Ikon Muzik (Music Icon award). In April 2019, Jaclyn released a collaborative song titled "Keep Flying" with Sasi The don, Caprice and Alvin Chong for Malaysian Airlines.
Anugerah Industry Muzik (AIM)
Anugerah Industri Muzik literally means Music Industry Awards. It is considered one of Malaysia’s most prestigious music awards. The award is organized by the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) and was first held in 1993. This award recognises Malay, English, Chinese and Indian language music. Separate awards were introduced for the latter two language music subcategories in 1999 and 2013 respectively.
This year, the award was recently held on 11 September 2022. The Mandarin and Tamil editions of Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) have now been absorbed into the main edition, resulting only in one awards show. Check out the list of winners below:
Best Vocal Performance (Duo) | Bahagiakan Dia – Shila Amzah and Liza Hanim
Best Vocal (Group) | Tunggu – V.E
Best Pop Song | Goodbye, Hello – Syamel & Ernie Zakri
Best Rock Song | Tugu Ugut – Sekumpulan Orang Gila
Best Local Chinese Song | Wu Ren Qian Shou De Xin Fu – Uriah See
Best Local English Song | Game of Charades – Sophia Zuhri
Best Electronic Pop Song | Fun, Lust, Love – Late Night Frequency
Best R&B/Hip-Hop Song | CIAO – Joe Flizzow featuring Jay Park and MK
Best Soundtrack for Drama/Film | Bahagiakan Dia – Shila Amzah and Liza Hanim
Best New Artiste | Buat Ku Sempurna – Vanessa Reynauld
Best Music Video | Gatal – Janna Nick
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female) | Sinar Mata Hati – Ernie Zakri
Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Male) | Pilu – Arddley Nicholas
Best Song Recording | Tudung Periuk – Dayang Nurfaizah
Best Album Recording | Belagu – Dayang Nurfaizah
Best Song | Goodbye, Hello – Syamel and Ernie Zakri
Best Album | Yonny (Deluxe) – Yonnyboii
There are other awards which recognise Malaysian singers like
Currently, there are three licensing bodies that are in charge of licence issuance and fee collection activities for musical works in Malaysia:
Music Authors’ Copyright Protection Berhad (MACP)
It is a non-profit organisation which functions to license users of music and pay their members which comprise of songwriters and music publishers when their works are broadcasted, publicly performed or communicated to the public.
MACP also represents international songwriters and music publishers and controls Malaysian musical works from all over the world.
Public Performance Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PPM)
It is also a not-for-profit Collective Management Organisation (CMO) which represents all eligible Malaysian recording companies and international recording companies who have exclusively licensed PPM members to control their rights in Malaysia.
There are different types of licenses that can be applied through PPM as listed below:
- Public Performance License
- Communication to Public License
- Reproduction License
- Commercial Rental License
There are application forms available on their website if you are in need of these licenses.
Recording Performers Malaysia Berhad (RPM)
RPM represents recording artists and musicians. It also represents the interests of a large group of individual stakeholders, namely local and national recording performers. This is also a non-profit organisation which is recognised by the Malaysian government.
The provision in the Copyright Act 1987 allows these licensing bodies to represent their respective members. They are declared as a licensing body by the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MYIPO) under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1987 in order to carry out various functions.
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