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Thursday September 3, 2009

Rocking to the beat of unity

PUTRAJAYA: The song Malaysia Satu has been chosen as the one to “rock” Malaysians.

The rock number, composed by Audi Mok and sung by Faizal Tahir, emerged the winner in the “Our 1Malaysia Song” contest, initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the theme for his 1Malaysia concept.

Mok said he wanted to write a patrotic song that would not sound out-dated when sung at shows.

One for patriotism: Mok, Faizal and Nur Fatima smiling and holding their mock cheque after their Malaysia Satu song was announced the winner of the Our 1Malaysia Song contest at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya Wednesday.

“Although it is a patriotic song, it still rocks. It does not sound old,” he told reporters after receiving a mock cheque for RM25,000 as his prize.

Mok said he was working with Faizal on his new album, which had a more “rhythmic” sound to it, similar to the arrangement for the Malaysia Satu.

The lyrics were written by Nur Fatima.

Faizal, who was initially reluctant to perform the song, said he finally relented to Mok’s request.

“I had reservations about joining the contest as I was worried that it might affect the recording of my album.

“However, the two-hour recording session turned out to be a surprise as I did not expect to win and had merely entered the contest for fun,” he said.

Nur Fatima, who has collaborated with Mok on numerous occasions, said the song was about the duties that a citizen had been entrusted with, adding that she was inspired by the trust people placed in a nation.

“This is the least I can do for my country,” she said.

The campaign to find the “ultimate 1Malaysia song” started in July and was spearheaded by HotFM announcers Faizal Ismail and Fara Fauzana, who called on Malaysians to submit entries.

Over 390 entries were received by HotFM in the nine days after the contest started.

Of these, 10 finalists were eventually shortlisted by public voting on the radio station’s website.