Na­jwa re­leases new ma­te­rial

New york-based Malaysian singer goes back to her roots for first sin­gle.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC -

FOR the past three years, Na­jwa Mahi­addin braved the chilly winds of Bos­ton where she pur­sued a mu­sic de­gree at Berklee Col­lege Of Mu­sic. Now based in the no less cold New York City, the 28-year-old singer is per­haps try­ing to find warmth and com­fort in her Malaysian her­itage.

Na­jwa has just re­leased the first sin­gle, Seri Mers­ing, off her up­com­ing EP, Aurora, to­day. Pre­vi­ously sung by nu­mer­ous artistes, such as Shar­i­fah Aini and Siti Nurhal­iza, Seri Mers­ing is a pop­u­lar ghazal folk song.

But Na­jwa puts her own spin on the song, adding con­tem­po­rary beats yet stick­ing to the orig­i­nal feel. Her voice, ten­der and hon­eyed, acts like a warm blan­ket to the soul.

“Go­ing to Berklee and learn­ing about ev­ery­one’s dif­fer­ent cul­ture and mu­sic has made me re­alise that as a Malaysian, I, too, have a unique iden­tity to share with the world. Why should I be ashamed of my her­itage?

“There’s al­ways a sense of pride when I sing my folk songs here and hear­ing some­one who doesn’t speak the lan­guage en­joy the melody re­gard­less,” Na­jwa said, on her rea­son for show­cas­ing the folk song in a press state­ment.

The singer took the lo­cal in­dus­try by storm in 2010, win­ning two Anugerah In­dus­tri Muzik (AIM) ti­tles for Best New Artiste and Best Lo­cal English Song for Got To Go.

Re­leased un­der her own record la­bel, Nada Biru Muzik, the five-track EP, Aurora, is set for dig­i­tal re­lease on March 5.

Start­ing to­day, keep an ear out for Seri Mers­ing on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions. It is also avail­able for sale on iTunes, Ama­zon mp3, as well as via stream­ing on Spo­tify. – Ken­neth Chaw

On the air: Keep an ear out for na­jwa Mahi­addin’s lat­est sin­gle, Ser­iMers­ing, on lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions start­ing to­day.

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