Zee Avi is just 23 but she's an old soul. A huge talent in a petite frame bringing a universal message from the unlikely birthplace of Borneo, an ancient island east of Malaysia which remains an untouched, natural paradise, an apt description of her songs.
How Avi came to record her debut album in L.A., the first joint release from Ian Montone's Monotone Label and Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, is a true 21st century tale of the way the Internet has transformed the music business and shrunk the globe in the process.
Born in the tiny town of Miri in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Zee grew up near the South China Sea in a liberal, encouraging household where her father owned an energy consultancy. "I was bred to be a lawyer," she says, but music was in her blood. Her father's father sang and played double-bass, accordion, violin and guitar in bands.
At age 12, Zee moved from Borneo to Kuala Lumpur where she has been based since. At 17, Zee started locking herself in a room for hours on end to learn to play guitar. Guitar took a back seat for 4 years while she was studying fashion design in London. When she returned to Kuala Lumpur, she picked the instrument back up and began writing songs and performing with a band.
Zee began recording her songs on a webcam and posting them on YouTube for a friend to hear. "I remember getting so excited when there was one new comment from some random person I didn't know... One read 'I'm lost for words - I shall favorite it and ponder if that's OK,' " which was written by Kris Rowley, a U.K. singer-songwriter with a YouTube following under the name Zzzzzzzzap. He began posting her videos on his site, which began a viral snowball effect.
The day before her 22nd birthday, Zee posted what she intended to be "my last video," a holiday song, "No Christmas for Me." By the time she checked her e-mail Avi had almost 3,000 messages including a slew of label offers. One email came from Ian Montone, who had been shown the YouTube clip by Raconteurs' drummer, Patrick Keeler, prompting Montone to get in touch and offer to release her music on the Monotone Label.
Before she knew it Zee was on a plane to L.A. to record her debut with producer Robert Carranza at Brushfire's Solar Powered Plastic Plant. "No Christmas for Me" was then featured on the holiday charity album, This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday, Vol. 1.
why don't you turn this thread into support of local acts..we have lots..the likes of najwa, yuna and so on...
Man's greatest weapon is the mind, you can defeat a nation with it - Mahatma Gandhi
*LOL*....Thanks Sentinel, for this hilarious piece. This guy is creative...D
I googled the man himself and discovered he's the same man who wrote that Ai-yo-yo Samy song in the 90s. No other information available. Anyone who knows anything about the singer are welcomed to share.
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"Bomoh" also by Hang Mokhtar
Thanks venuspop for loading Zee Avi's "bitter heart" n her introduction ... though clip was not accessible directly. Had to go to youtube.
Had heard the song before and loved it - had no idea that it was a local talent ! Amazing soulful voice.
Melaka born, he has been singing for over 20 years but lacked publicity. He even has gone to the extend where he has recorded his own album in his own mini studio at home.Originally Posted by venuspop
He then makes CD's and sell them to his Fans over the Internet....amazing guy
He became popular after doing duets with Datin Orkid Abdullah, Zaiton Sameon and Aspalela Abdullah.
Hang Mokhtar & Datin Orkid Abdullah sing Joget Kopi
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Hang Mokhtar & Orc...
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Appreciate if you can help out there because, truth be told, ...I've never heard of these two....(never used to think much of local singers, beg your pardon.. )Originally Posted by coleslaw
Agree, akiyoshi. Do check out her other songs. I like her "arrangement" And she's far, far better than Ning Baizuri, IMHO.Originally Posted by akiyoshi
"Bitter Heart", I was told, had been used in a number of commercials abroad.
Strange, that you are not able to access the clip directly. Why, Sentinel had the exact complaint too. Did you also see some Chinese words? If so, what does it say?
I have no problem at all accessing all the youtube videos embedded here.
Thanks Kuma, for sharing. D Have never heard of this man before...Originally Posted by kuma
Yes, Kuma, you are right. I just discovered another video by the guy who acted as BIFF in "Back To The Future". Embedding the video here so you can also be entertained. DOriginally Posted by kuma
Nope, no Chinese words. Something like .." contains UMG content can't playback ..Watch at Youtube"Originally Posted by venuspop
and clicking that opens up a youtube session with that clip.
Zee Avi is a natural, yes definitely better than Ning.
"This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it from display on this website."
-An increasing number of ppl are experiencing this problem. I have however never had this problem with any of venuspop's youtube videos.
It is not the 'arrangement' but Zee Avi's style, kinda bouncy raggae-ish feel to her songs that is reminiscent of Jason Mraz. Who knows, maybe Zee Avi was influenced by the likes of Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz.
Songs affect us in a myriad of ways and this one just makes me feel good, rather uplifting.
Not a song but an instrumental featuring Pachelbel's masterpiece 'Canon in D' a brilliant piece of music. This commercial made me smile!