Artist Profiles: Asika

Asika – Photo © Suchens.com for Sarawak Tourism Board

Asika is a group of contemporary traditional music, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Asika includes eight talented individuals dedicated to promoting Malaysia’s own brand of ‘world music’, in addition to contemporary pursuits.

“The musical elements that we produce based on Malay traditional music such as Zapin, Inang, Masri, Asli, Joget , Mak yong, Wayang Kulit and merge with modern composition for various musical expressions.”

Asika had performed nationally and worldwide such as New York, Los Angeles (USA) , Kobe (Japan), Tenerife Island (Spain), Venice (Italy), Jakarta (Indonesia), Albert Hall Lin ondon and many more.

All of Asika members graduated from National Arts Academy in various musical faculty. “The unique things about Asika is all of us can play other musical performances such as Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet), Mak Yong (a classical Malaysian theatre), Cak Lempong and Gamelan.”

Musicians:

Mohd Kamrulbahri Hussin – Group leader. Gendang, Rebana, Serunai, Conga, Djembe, Darbuka, Vocal, Rebab and more.

Ismail Ahmed – Group Manager. Nylon guitar, Electric bass, Darbuka, & Vocal

Shamsul Zin – Instruments – Drum, Rebana, jembe, Darbuka, Piano, Cak lempong and more.

Mohd Fuad Mohammad – Piano & Accordion

Muhammad Radzi Abdul Wahid – Violin, Accordion & Modern Piano

Syarizan Sahamat – Djembe, Rebana, Conga, vocal, tabla and more.

Isyam Swardy Daud – Electric guitar, Nylon guitar & Gendang

Amira Sariyati Mohd Hatta – vocals

Web sites

http://www.asikagroups.com

Credits

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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