Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let's Hear Negaraku In Cha Cha & Rock? LOL!

"Negaraku" (English: My Country) is the national anthem of Malaysia. "Negaraku" was selected as a national anthem at the time of the Federation of Malaya's independence from Britain in 1957. The tune was originally used as the state anthem of Perak[1], which was adopted from a popular French melody titled "La Rosalie" composed by the lyricist Pierre-Jean de Béranger. - Wikipedia

Time has evolved, including how we present the song as well. We hear the song during airplay on our mainstream media, at the end of a sports game (when Malaysia wins), on official events etc.... but I have never heard our national anthem being sung in the style like what our American stars attempted it as someone (forgotten who) told me that our national anthem could not be sung in such manner as it would show disrespect. It's a national anthem, not a pop song... but look what I found....

The deeper I looked for the song in youtube I found more versions of our national anthem apart of the Namawee's parody of Negaraku in other titles. Hence, I Wiki-ed for it.

[In 2007, a YouTube video featuring a parody of the Negaraku anthem caused controversy in Malaysia. The video, named Negarakuku, features Wee Meng Chee, a Malaysian student studying in Taiwan, who weaves the Negaraku into a Chinese language rap. The Flag of Malaysia was featured at the backdrop. This controversial video caused outrage among most members of the Malaysian cabinet. The song criticises the government and pejoratively speaks about the Malays, the primary ethnic group of Malaysia.
Lokananta, Indonesia's state-owned recording company alleged that "Negaraku" imitated Indonesia's song titled "Terang Boelan". "Terang Boelan" itself is a song adapted from French song "La Rosalie".[4] . This continues the conflict that had already been sparking since the first days of the independence between the people of Malaysia and Indonesia, mainly using the Internet as the battleground. Soekarno told his people not to sing "Terang Boelan" anymore because its composition was and is similar to "Negaraku". - Wikipedia]

Anyway, here's a quick mash up of the Negaraku in different version.

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