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Published: Monday June 30, 2014 MYT 3:10:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 30, 2014 MYT 3:26:32 PM

Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider get into Hari Raya mood with 'Balik Kampung'

American YouTube artistes take on the Sudirman classic in exclusive video interview with The Star Online.

“If we’re going to do this, let’s do it right,” declared Sam Tsui, who along with Kurt Schneider rehearsed multiple times to perfect the chorus of the festive number, Balik Kampung, originally performed by legendary Malaysian singer Sudirman.

The web sensations, who were in Kuala Lumpur recently to entertain Malaysian fans for the very first time, sat down for a video interview with The Star Online.

The Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, natives have built a huge Internet following with their covers of many of the day’s popular tunes from singers such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Pink and Christina Perri.

Kurt Schneider (left) and Sam Tsui performing in Kuala Lumpur recently.

“This is an iconic Malaysian song that captures the excitement one feels when traveling back to their hometowns to celebrate a festival,” I explained to the duo, curious to see if they were willing to give the Bahasa Malaysia tune a go.

The two didn’t need any convincing at all, jumping straight into learning Balik Kampung.

“For some reason, most of our viewers are from Asia – it’s always been that way. We’re very grateful to our fans here,” said Schneider, who is touring with Tsui around Asia for the second time now.

Meanwhile, Tsui, who is half-Chinese, said he considers himself in touch with his Asian roots. “I love Chinese food a lot, especially lo bak ko (radish cake),” he shared, before belting out a Mandarin number during the interview.

Check out the full video interview where the duo talk about performing live, their favourite Chinese dish besides ratting out embarrassing facts about each other.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Sam Tsui, Kurt Schneider, YouTube artistes, music, Sudirman, Balik Kampung

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