Inspiring women through music


PETALING JAYA: Singer Nabila Razali is using her music to encourage women to move on after a break-up.

The 26-year-old’s latest single Vroom Vroom has proven to be quite a hit, with its music video racking up over four million views on YouTube since its release in January. She talks about the song’s empo­wering message: “For some women going through a break-up, they want to just stay at home, they don’t feel like doing anything, and they start thinking about all the ways they weren’t enough for their ex-lover, when in fact, they are already enough.

“Vroom Vroom is about starting the engine and moving forward with your life. Don’t look behind anymore. Focus on your future.”

Nabila, who has experienced her share of break-ups in the past, also champions the need for female friendships in her song.

“When you get into a relationship, don’t forget that you have other friends too.

“Because when things don’t work out, it’s your friends who will be there for you,” she said.

And indeed, her music has resonated with listeners.

Nabila said many have reached out to her to thank her for the inspiring message in her song.

Before venturing into showbiz, Nabila pursued a degree in architecture and worked in an architecture firm for less than a year.

She talked about entering the male-dominated field.

“It has been my passion since secon­dary school. I looked up to (Iraqi-British architect) Zaha Hadid a lot.

“She was the first woman to re­ceive the prestigious Pritzker Archi­tecture Prize. I thought to myself, ‘if she can do it, I can do it too’.

“I don’t think architecture is just for men. It’s about your skills, your hard work – it’s not about gender,” she said.

Nabila will be performing on the first day of the WOW! Fiesta at Starling Mall here on March 16 and 17, the highlight of The Star’s WOW – Women do Wonders campaign to celebrate women.

There will be more than 80 women entrepreneurs who will be showcasing a wide range of pro­ducts from categories such as beauty, fashion, food, education, wealth and household appliances.

One of the aims of the Fiesta is to support women entrepreneurs and recognise their varied abilities and contributions.

The Fiesta will also feature inte­resting talks, workshops and activities for women that celebrate wo­­men’s voices and uncover their inspiring stories of trials, hope and success in their professional and personal everyday lives.

On March 16, celebrity entrepreneur Chui Ling will be sharing tips on how women can build their wealth in her session entitled “Unlock­ing Your Financial Power.”

Also on Saturday, co-founder of winning brand La Juiceria Anabelle Co-Martinent, will speak on, among others, work-life balance in the talk on “Living Life On Your Own Terms”.

On March 17, there will be a panel session, “What No One In Business Will Ever Tell You”, featuring wo­­men, entrepreneurs who will share frank insights on the challenges of starting and running their own businesses.

They are founders of social enterprise The Picha Project – Lee Swee Lin, Lim Yuet Kim, Suzanne Ling; co-founder of The Accidental Bakers Ee-Lyn Tan, co-founders of fa­­shion brand Mimpikita, Nurul Afidah and founder of fitness apparel brand Ash Be Nimble Hui Matthews.

There will also be two health talks – “Keeping Abreast of Breast Health” by consultant breast and oncoplastic surgeon Dr Tan Gie Hooi and “Screening Preconceptions and Be­­yond” by Dr Jaspal Singh Sachdev, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, both from ParkCity Medical Centre.

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care and Bursa Malaysia Bhd are the campaign sponsors of The Star’s WOW – Women do Wonders campaign. For details, go to http://Bit.ly/thestarwowfiesta.

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