COVID-19 songs by Malaysian and Singaporean artistes
Writer: Florey DM
Which one's your local lockdown anthem?
It's not just Hollywood celebs that are churning out COVID-19 themed songs during lockdown or quarantine, Malaysian and Singaporean artistes are also making songs to lift everyone's spirit during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the circuit breaker period in their respective countries. Be it celebrities from the film or music industry, everyone's trying their best to deliver positive messages to the masses. Let's take a look at them below!
While Namewee's songs usually stir controversy, this time the rapper-filmmaker brings unity as he collaborates with other musicians from Malaysia to sing this MCO-themed song, which tells everyone everything will be "OK Lah!".
"PCK – Singapore Be Steady!"
Gurmit Singh dons his iconic curly wig and yellow boots to summon his Phua Chu Kang alter ego and tell his fellow Singaporeans to "don't pray pray!" with COVID-19 in this government-backed music video.
Mediacorp releases this song called "The Light" not only to remind everyone that we will overcome the pandemic, but also to cheer on the frontliners working hard in Singapore.
"Doa Wira Negara"
Here's a touching song from Harry Khalifah, which pays tribute to the frontliners in Malaysia who are working hard throughout the MCO and CMCO.
"Stay Where You Are"
Just released yesterday by Malaysian songstress Yuna is her first indie release in years, which, as the title goes, reminds everyone to stay put where they are. The full song is out now on all platforms but a music video is still in the making.
"Dark Cloud (COVID-19 Version)"
Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua made a COVID-19 version of her 2011 song, "Dark Cloud", replacing the lyrics with norms during the pandemic such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing and dutifully washing her hands.
"COVID19 - Koujee"
Malaysian beatboxer Koujee dropped this fiery track on YouTube when MCO started back in March to remind everyone to do their part in fighting the COVID-19 together by staying at home.
"Stay At Home, Singapore"
Veteran singer Clement Chow, who recorded and performed the original "Count On Me, Singapore" in 1986, updates the song with a remake that better suits the current COVID-19 situation.
"Stay Safe @ Home"
Sheila Majid, Ana Raffali, Jaclyn Victor, Altimet and Aniu released this song with good intentions. But some viewers have commented that the upbeat tune may not be too appropriate considering the number of fatality caused by the coronavirus.
"Tribute to MCO Mothers"
Jack Neo shared this on his Facebook recently, a special song made by comedian-actor Soo Wee Seng a.k.a. SoWinson, which combines the struggles (of mothers) during MCO and the celebration of the recent Mother's Day.
Cinema Online, 16 May 2020