Malaysian Artistes for Unity
Michelle Thorne, May 20th, 2008
pete was juggling tomatoes. bored. so he telephoned a few friends instead. â€śhow about getting together to make an anti-racism song and music video?â€ť all said yes without hesitation. not because pete threatened them with a rusty knife. only because they love malaysia.
And so began Malaysian Artistes For Unity, a collaboration which has since swelled to over 150 active members working with creative, non-partisan projects to build awareness and tolerance in Malaysia.
The group, in close partnership with Creative Commons Malaysia, has released a lovely video to share their cause. Shot in Kuala Lumpur and co-directed by Yasmin Ahmad, the video features a colorful cast of well-known Malaysian artists singing “Here In My Home,” a song written and co-produced by Pete Teo from CC Malaysia’s board of directors. The text is in four languages and speaks to the diversity and vibrancy of Malaysia’s cultural communities.
The video and audio files are available to download under CC BY-NC-ND and CC BY-NC-SA. Furthermore, Unleash Creativity for UNITY, a spin-off project by Muid Latif and Digital Malaya, has been developed to encourage CC-licensed remixes of the video and other works to share and spread art in Malaysia.