KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysian rapper Namewee has stated beforehand that music has “feet” and that “it can take us to lots of places”.
Last week, he found himself in Paris performing as a cultural ambassador – not for his nation however for Japan. The 35-year-old Muar-born singer (actual identify: Wee Meng Chee) was tapped to carry out his viral hit Tokyo Bon 2020 at Japan Expo 2018, sharing the stage with DJ Koo, chief of Japanese techno rave unit TRF.
The annual event showcases Japanese well-liked tradition and leisure, with its 19th version held on the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from July 5 to eight, reported Malaysian newspaper The Star.
In a video posted on Tuesday, Namewee mirrored on the common enchantment of music: “I feel that music is a magical thing that can take you from one country to another, and then from that country to yet another.”
The 2020 within the title of the catchy pop track written by him refers back to the yr Japan will host the Summer Olympics. The five-minute music video for that track, launched on his YouTube channel in November, has chalked up 30 million views.
Back home, the rapper has had run-ins with the authorities over his movies, with complaints from some folks that he’s not delicate to others’ non secular beliefs.