Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ola Bola theme song "Arena Cahaya" wins prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival Awards 2016

#DoppelMusicWorld #Awards #RendraZawawi #ZeeAvi

It's not always about the wins in music. But when there is a win, the gleam from the faces of the people involved is immeasurable. As with the gleam on Rendra Zawawi and Zee Avi's faces as they strut the red carpet at the recently held 'Oscars of Asia' - The Golden Horse Film Festival. We're stoked and excited to follow their careers in music and see what other projects they 'get up to'. As they say in Malaysia, 'kipidap' (keep it up)! 

There are no words to express how overwhelmingly touched and grateful I am for all the congratulatory wishes and compliments we've gotten so far. When Zee AviAlvin Wee, and me embarked on this project, little did we know it was going to be a thing of history that all Malaysians would be proud of. And now it has become a thing to the world. I cannot thank you enough to the 金馬影展 TGHFF (The Golden Horse Film Festival 2016) and FINAS Malaysia (Malaysian Film Festival 2016) for making the song both nationally, and internationally recognized.

I finally had some downtime reading through social media today, and for the first time I teared up reading that the song brought you happiness, that the song gave you hope, that the song made you tear as well, that the song gave you strength to run the field one more lap, that the song got your little one to stop crying, and that the song made you proud to call yourself Malaysians. I know I am.

I've learned a lot in this journey as a musician, and as a person. I learned the true power of unity. I've always wanted to write something that moved people. something that people would remember. That was my sole mission. But little did I know that something like this was beyond me, alone. And then it happened. Working with the likes of fellow comrades Zee and Alvin made me realize that something this noble and pure can only be achieved together with kindred souls, through the constant exchange of energies that pushed each of us to our best version. The collaboration taught me that magic can happen when you put your best intentions forward together. Nothing can stop you, together.

Our recent achievement at the Golden Horse Festival proves that music is universal, that cuts across all barriers of differences. The song's message hopes to deliver hope and unity in dire times. I believe that has been achieved in every element of the song - words, melody, harmony, and even production. I believe when you have all these elements working together towards that goal, you have something good that every human being can understand and appreciate.

Thank you Zee, for having faith in my share of work. Thank you Alvin, for your endless labor of love on this project. Thank you director Chiu Dao and team for creating 'Ola Bola' , the perfect patriotic platform for the song to breathe in. And last for not least, thank you people, fans of the song. Thank you for recognizing our efforts.Tthank you for noticing the magic. Thank you for singing it in all your amazing covers, and heck, I believe most of you know the song better than any of us!
So thank you. You got us to where we are today.
#arenacahaya #olabola #tghff #thegoldenhorsefilmfestival #finas#astroamalaysia #kembalikankeyakinan #malaysiaboleh


Artist: Zee Avi
Theme song for Ola Bola Film 2016 by director Chiu Keng Guan. 
Distributed by Astro Shaw.
Co-Producer, Co-Writer, Co-Lyricist, and Arranger: Rendra Zawawi



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