- Sarawak, Malaysia
ALENA MURANG is a young visual artist and musician from Borneo, much of her art work is influenced by the natural environment and the indigenous people of the island. She’s one of the first girls to openly perform and teach the sape, an instrument from Borneo that used to be a taboo for women to even touch. Learning to play 12 years ago from Malaysia national living heritage, Mathew Ngau, Alena has since gone on to perform in over 20 cities including New York and London. She’s one of a few players to sing with sape. She also learns old songs from the old Kelabit ladies in the longhouses, and shares these in her own way. The songs are an oral tradition, many of which have skipped a generation. She sings in the language of the Kenyah and Kelabit people from Ulu Baram.