some of you may have seen this already. nevertheless i want to share it in my blog as i like it very much.
the write up in the star:
PETALING JAYA: Some of the biggest names in the country have come forward to promote racial unity in the form of a song.
The song entitled Here in My Home is a project of Malaysian Artistes for Unity.
Written by project producer Pete Teo, the song and its music video showcase local artistes and celebrities ranging from arts activists, sportsmen to corporate figures.
Teo said the song was about hope and racial unity.
“The song has shadows in its lyrics – it is not a one-dimensional patriotic song.
“All who participated in the song and its music video did it because they believe in its message of hope and unity,” he said, adding that the project involved some 120 people.
Among those involved in the project included Afdlin Shauki, Awie, Ning Baizura, Jaclyn Victor, Reshmonu, Atilia, KLG Sqwad, Altimet, Suki, Daniel Lee, Datuk Tony Fernandes, Maya Karin, Singletrackmind, Stephen Chua, Shebby Singh, Sharifah Amani, Amber Chia and Ida Nerina.
Although predominantly an English composition, the song has a multi-lingual section sung in Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
A Malay version of the song is in the works by Afdlin Shauki and other language versions of the song are expected to be unveiled in associated projects before long.
To a question, Teo said he travelled a lot overseas and thought it would be a nice idea to record a song with many personalities in it.
On the choice of participants, Teo said it represented the rakyat.
Teo said the fact that the project was completed in a month with zero budget said a lot about the people behind it.
“Nobody was paid. It was free. It took merely five weeks for the team to complete the production phase of the project from scratch.”
Music artiste and producer Jason Lo said he got involved in the song because it had to do with unity.
To date, the song and video, directed by Yasmin Ahmad and Ho Yuhang have received 38,000 downloads at www.malaysianartistesforunity.info in just eight days.