The link between art and nature in Malaysian world music artist Alena Murang’s “Put Burui” (VIDEO)

Alena Murang has released the official music video for her track “Put Burui,” from her 2021 album “Sky Songs.” — Photo courtesy of Alena Murang.

By Arif Zikri

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:31 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, August 10 — Singer, musician and artist Alena Murang created the music video for Put Burui on the occasion of World Indigenous Peoples Day yesterday.

The track from Alena’s 2021 album titled songs from heavenwas produced by Joshua Maran with Niko Coyez on flute and the singer herself on sap.

Used to sharing the stories of her ancestors through ‘undermining’ music, she said she thinks it’s just perfect to release the music video on a day that recognizes the contributions that indigenous peoples have made in the world. .

“Indigenous peoples around the world still have a particularly close relationship with the natural environment and growing up learning about ‘sapping’ and our cultural art forms from the Kelabit and Kenyah peoples, taught me how important our rainforest , our rivers, our skies give us so much.

“It’s not just language, music and art that we inherit, but we also inherit nature, and we have to take care of it as a heritage,” Alena said.

The Put Burui The music video was shot in Semadang, Sarawak and it is based on the traditional Kenyah song used for the women’s hornbill dance.

While dancing plays a big role in the music video, instead of using the traditional hornbill feathers, ferns were used instead of the ‘kirip’ (dancing feathers) in an attempt to draw attention to the conservation of biodiversity.

In keeping with environmental sustainability, most of Alena’s outfits in the MV are made from natural fibers such as Sarawakian designer Edric Ong’s red “pua kumbu” top.

‘Pua Kumbu’ is an Iban handwoven textile made from natural fibers and natural dyes.

According to Alena’s stylist, Styllar’s Saerah Ridzuan, the look was mostly inspired by Mother Nature.

“The color palette consists of earthy hues that are visually present – shades of brown similar to the artificial nest, and textured rocks and riverside sand.

“Raw and organic materials like hemp, bemban, dalai beads and wood are palpable in the adornment of the accessories and outfits worn by Alena and the dancers.

“Alena also wears two looks in white which represents the purity (of nature’s innocence) and the other in red as a symbol of nature’s ferocity for its survival, a color which signifies strength and power”, a- she declared.

The 'Put Burui' music video was shot in Semadang, Sarawak and is based on the traditional Kenyan song used for the female hornbill dance.  -- Photo courtesy of Alena Murang.

The ‘Put Burui’ music video was shot in Semadang, Sarawak and is based on the traditional Kenyan song used for the female hornbill dance. — Photo courtesy of Alena Murang.

The music video produced by a team of young people from Sarawak, was co-produced by Zass Puravida and Kanid Studio and is directed by first director Daphne Charmain Thian.

“It was a huge learning curve and I had to improvise and solve problems on the spot. There was a time when I had to step away to think about how to solve a problem due to the weather, it was difficult. Would I do it again? Definitely yes.”

“I wanted to show Mother Nature in a way where we observe her like in a nature documentary.

“We are the watching audience, in their own realm. How she thrives on her own without us. She doesn’t need us but we need her,” Thian said.

from Alena Put Burui The music video is now available on YouTube.