Back in 1957, Malaysia's first choir was brought together to sing and record our national anthem, 'Negaraku'
According to Robert Fonseka, son of the late Tony Fonseka who conducted the Merdeka Choir, the choir was made up of 40 everyday Malayans, with most of them not knowing a thing about music. Nonetheless, they became the voices of Malaysia that were heard across the radio and at all official functions nationwide.
This Hari Kebangsaan, Celcom and Axiata is retelling the story of how the Merdeka Choir came together in this nostalgic short film, 'Getaran Pertama'
Inspired by true events in 1957, the film chronicles the search for the first choir to sing the national anthem, 'Negaraku.'
With the use of creative technology, Celcom and Axiata was able to recreate the moment with Tony Fonseka in this heartwarming rendition of 'Negaraku'
Celcom used creative technology, including deep learning modules that analysed pictures of Tony Fonseka, which helped to recreate his likeness. This system mapped out his facial features and allowed the reproduction of his expressions. By using mixed reality, it was rendered into a virtual likeness that was true-to-life.
We definitely got all the feels (and maybe shed a tear or two) watching the video, and we can't wait to sing-along to 'Negaraku' in this year's Hari Kebangsaan and Malaysia Day
On 30 August 2019, Celcom and Axiata will be having a special screening of 'Getaran Pertama' at Pavilion KL, along with an encore performance of 'Negaraku' on Malaysia's biggest screen yet
This encore performance is a special tribute to the Merdeka Choir, Tan Sri Ahmad Merican, and Tony Fonseka. Both the screening and performance is open to public, and there will be exciting on-ground engagements, from live interviews to awesome giveaways that are not to be missed.
Screening of 'Getaran Pertama' and 'Negaraku' Choir Performance
Date: 30 August 2019 (Friday)
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Outdoor Square, Pavilion KL
This year, Celcom and Axiata wants to wish all Malaysians a happy Hari Kebangsaan and blessed Malaysia Day!
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