Found out about this mind-blowing man in FB after a long search. I feel in love with his voice from the Digi Buddyz comercial that has been played on TV and radio in Malaysia! Love that comercial so dem much! And after I found his soundcloud, I feel in love with his voice for the second time (Can I get married with his voice? LOL) Anyway, below is a lil bit of his bio that I get from his soundcloud page. ENJOY! And please check out his spoken words page!
A trilingual Malaysian who can’t seem to make up his mind between Bahasa Melayu & English as his main language, Jamal Raslan is a poet who is a great example of the conundrum that is the current Malaysian youth – modern, exposed, liberal but yet struggling to find a sense of belonging in the identity crisis that rocks every English-speaking Malay Muslim. Equally at home conversing & thinking in Bahasa Melayu & English, he used to write poetry exclusively in Bahasa Melayu as he didn’t think he has an English writing “voice”, until Youtube introduced him to spoken word.
Heavily inspired by spoken word poets around the world, from slam poets to Def Poetry to the articulate & emotive African poets at Poet’s Passport in Cyberjaya, he writes about the the challenges that the country & it’s people face in its pursuit for progress & Wawasan 2020 in a way that he hopes will one day help form a unique “voice” that is Malaysian spoken word.
He is currently a crew member for the Poet’s Passport & if he’s not busy helping them organize their monthly gigs, he is active in the local poetry scene, competing in slams & invited to grace events around KL. He’s won poetry slams in KL & was a speaker in TEDxKL in 2011. He returned as a surprise speaker in TEDxKL 2012, the only repeat speaker in TEDxKL’s recent history.
Most recently he’s performed at the Creativity & The Spirituality Path, an ongoing series of events designed to nurture and cultivate creativity among Muslims around the globe, both individually and collectively.
Aside from these, Jamal’s been performing by invitation at wide ranging events, be it launchings, social enterprise events & even media agency forums.
He’s currently producing his EP which he plans to launch at the coming 2012 Georgetown Literary Festival.
p/s: You know what, when I listen to him, the first thing that pop out in my mind is Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Chruchill
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Chruchill
check this out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jamal-Raslan-The-Spoken-Word/199412943434808