Commonwealth Games song gets reboot

KUALA LUMPUR: For this year’s Fourth of July, musicians from the United States and Malaysia gave new life to the local hit Standing In The Eyes Of The World.

The new recording of the English-Bahasa Malaysia song was released in a music video by the US Embassy here on Friday ahead of the July 4 Independence Day celebration in the United States.

Featuring Malaysia’s queen of rock Ella, the song was composed by Datuk Wah Idris, a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, songwriter Habsah Hassan and American singer-songwriter David Gates.

US Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir said the embassy was proud to release a new recording of the Malaysian hit.

“While Americans and Malaysians can’t gather in groups to celebrate our relationship this year, we can find other means to highlight our long history of partnership and cooperation.

“Today, more than ever, music is a universal language that transcends borders and brings people together, ” she said in a statement on Friday.

Standing In The Eyes Of The World, first recorded to mark Malaysia’s hosting of the 1998 Commonwealth Games, was originally sung by Ella.

In the new music video, Malaysian flautist Muhardiman Ismail, also known as Mohar, kicks off the song by playing a traditional flute.

“Both Malaysian singers share a strong affinity with the United States. Ella made history when she recorded her 1994 multi-platinum album Ella USA in Los Angeles.

“She has now recorded tracks with two Guns N Roses guitarists, having performed with Slash on the 1998 hit Bayangan, ” said the embassy.

Also in the video is Sarawak native hitmaker Zee Avi, who was signed by Los Angeles-based Brushfire Records.

With the 2011 release of Ghostbird, Zee Avi became the first Malaysian singer to have albums on the US Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart and top Billboard chart.

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