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Alena Murang

- Malaysia -

#Sape’ Goddess from Borneo

Alena Murang is a Borneo-born Dayak-European living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who sings in the endangered languages of Kelabit and Kenyah. Dayak are the native people of Borneo. She is one of the first women to play the sape'. Deeply influenced by the lives of her ancestors, coupled with influences of rock and folk, her shows are a journey of past and presents, along the mighty Baram river that runs from the coast to the highlands of Borneo, through the world's oldest rainforest. Alena is also a dancer, sape' teacher and visual artist.

Alena has played at festivals across the world, including Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand, Førde Traditional and World Music Festival in Norway, South by South - west (SXSW) in the USA and World Music Festival@ Taiwan in Taiwan. She plays solo, and with her band, also including dancers and visual projections.

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"It's a tricky path to follow, to be both local and global, and talented musicians like Murang have to decide whether to try and make the local traditions popular or tie them up with proven pop and rock formulas. Here it's a mixture of both." - Simon Broughton (Songlines, UK)


Alena Murang
Sunhat Song (Gawai Version) - Alena Murang
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Alena Murang - Warrior Spirit (Official 5K Music Video)
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Alena Murang - Many Tomorrows (for World Cancer Day / Hari Kanser Sedunia)
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Alena Murang - Midang Midang (Official Music Video)
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Sky songs

Inspired by elements of the cosmos - the sky, moon, wind, stars, clouds. Alena works with a team of people, including her family, on this journey of making cultural heritage, and its values of togetherness and caring for the Earth, relevant and prominent in today's urban, contemporary settings.



Titled “Flight” is a representation of three Kenyah folksongs and two Kelabit songs. Producer, Josh Maran (of PepperJam Productions), is Alena’s cousin, and is also part Kelabit. Together they share their interpretation of the songs.


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Warrior Spirit Music Video

Wins Best World Music Video Awards at the Buenos Aires Music Video Festival 2021

Warrior Spirit Alena Murang's New Music Video

Sape' Songstress Alena Murang Releases Latest Album Entitle Sky Songs

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