Singer-song­writer Mia Pa­len­cia is thrilled to be per­form­ing her self-com­posed theme song for the SEA Games and Asean Para Games. BIBI NURSHUHADA RAMLI has the de­tails

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

COM­ING out with a theme song for the up­com­ing 29th SEA Games and 9th Asean Para Games is def­i­nitely a on­cein-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity this jazz singer-song­writer could not pass up.

Mia Pa­len­cia was ap­proached to com­pose, write the lyrics and per­form the song. En­ti­tled It Takes A Na­tion To Raise A Cham­pion, this is one of the three theme songs for the Games.

Still reel­ing with ex­cite­ment, the Saba­han finds it even more thrilling that her work is aimed at in­spir­ing fel­low Malaysians to be­lieve in them­selves and in­spire change.

“Mu­sic has this amaz­ing ca­pac­ity to move peo­ple, and I want mine to lift ev­ery­one’s spir­its. Like Mother Teresa’s fa­mous quote ‘We our­selves feel that what we are do­ing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less be­cause of that miss­ing drop’,” the 33-year-old told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

The slow, English bal­lad, num­ber, which fea­tures tra­di­tional mu­sic el­e­ments, is also avail­able in Malay, ti­tled Ber­sama Kita Lahirkan Juara, with lyrics by fel­low Saba­han As­min Mudin, a com­poser-lyri­cist, who was re­spon­si­ble for writ­ing the lyrics to Ja­clyn Vic­tor’s 2004 hit tune Gemi­lang.

On land­ing the gig, Pa­len­cia said it was En­finiti pres­i­dent and group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Puan Sri Tiara Jac­quelina who first ap­proached her for a demo in June last year.

“Tiara and her team had a vi­sion of a mu­sic com­po­si­tion that cel­e­brates the un­sung he­roes be­hind every ath­lete — the fam­ily mem­bers, coaches, teach­ers, friends and sup­port­ive peo­ple from the com­mu­nity who have con­trib­uted to­wards an ath­lete’s dream to­wards great­ness. I took their in­put and gave it my best shot,” said the artiste who be­gan her mu­si­cal ca­reer in 1998 at the age of 14.

She said the whole process of com­ing out with the theme song took al­most a year to com­plete.

In­volv­ing a group of mu­si­cians, ar­rangers and sound en­gi­neers, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tion­ally, the song, which is ac­com­pa­nied with a mu­sic video, was fi­nally re­leased on YouTube on July 14.

Cur­rently pur­su­ing a PhD in song­writ­ing at Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, Australia, she said: “It was im­per­a­tive for the theme song to sound like a mil­lion bucks. Thanks to the amaz­ing team of mu­si­cians for see­ing this project through.”

The lyrics talks about a per­son’s de­sire to rise through the chal­lenges and emerge a bet­ter ver­sion of him­self.

“While record­ing the song (in Tas­ma­nia), I poured all the pos­i­tive en­ergy I could muster into each mu­sic note and I think that worked amaz­ingly well,” she said.

Mean­while, the other two theme songs for the games are Tun­juk Be­lang (per­formed and com­posed by monoloQue, Azlan Typewriter and mal­iQue); and a yet-to-be-un­veiled tune by top com­poser Datuk Ramli MS, to be per­formed by award-win­ning Dayang Nur­faizah.

This year’s SEA Games will be held from Aug 19 to 30 while the Asean Para Games is sched­uled from Sept 17 to 23.

Jazz singer­song­writer Mia Pa­len­cia hopes her song will lift ev­ery­one’s spir­its

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