Malaysian musician Alena Murang is out to preserve the 'sound' of Borneo


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  • Monday, 14 Sep 2020

Alena Murang's dream and duty is to preserve the art and cultural heritage of her people. Photo: Yap Chee Hong/The Star. Hair and makeup: Anita Tang/A Cut Above. Location: Tandang Record Store, Zhongshan Building.

When it comes to the signature “sound” of Sarawak, few come close to being as recognisable and iconic as the strums of the sape', a traditional instrument of the Orang Ulu people.

Created for the purpose of healing physical, spiritual and emotional ailments, the lute instrument of the highland tribes of Borneo still serves this purpose today, in the digital age, as musician Alena Murang strives to preserve the music of her tribe through her artistry.

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