Sarawak artist Alena Murang has released a new single and uplifting music video titled ‘Many Tomorrows’ as part of World Cancer Day.
The song hit streaming platforms on Thursday February 3, with its captivating accompanying music video – directed by Asa Esa Films’ Alwyn Tay – arriving on YouTube the same day.
In the music video, Sape’s traditional instrumentalist performs the song in a dense jungle setting, with dancers from Kuching-based band Zephyr complementing the visuals.
Myo of rock duo Jemson, who is briefly seen playing acoustic guitar, while other backing musicians jam to the track in the studios, is also seen making an appearance.
Watch the music video below.
“No one will be forgotten / From village to city to highlands / My neighbor, my brother, my sister / We can build bridges together / Hope can erase our sorrows / We will see many tomorrows,” sings Alena Murang on the track’s chorus.
According to a press release, Murang said “Many Tomorrows” was inspired by the gap in cancer care around the world, especially in third world countries.
“Since I was young, I have seen cancer all around me; my parents used to take us to the children’s cancer ward at Sarawak General Hospital to play games and sing songs; and many people near and dear to me in the kampung (village) and in the city have fought or are going through the fight against cancer,” she said.
“I hope the song can bring comfort to people with cancer, those who care for it, and I hope it opens up conversations about the barriers to cancer care.”
The song and music video are a collaboration with the Society for Cancer Advocacy and Awareness Kuching (SCAN) for this year’s World Cancer Day. Created on February 4, 2000, World Cancer Day is commemorated every year around the world.
Keeping treatment inequalities in mind, the theme for World Cancer Day between 2022 and 2024 is “Bridging the Care Gap”.
The artist also released merchandise for “Many Tomorrows” in the form of t-shirts and tote bags which will be available for pre-order on Tanang shop. All profits will be donated to SCAN.
“Many Tomorrows” marks Murang’s first release of 2022 and follows several singles released last year, including Gitu’an, “Warrior Spirit” and “Meno”, which are part of the launch of his latest album “Sky Songs “.
‘Sky Songs’, released last April, received a nomination for the Canadian Midsummer Indigenous Music Awards, while the visual for “Warrior Spirit” won Best Asia Pacific Music Video and Honorable Mention Best Costume at the International Music Video Awards in the UK.