Pesta Raya arts festival at the Esplanade

Malaysian social media stars set for Singapore debut

Malaysian rapper Bunga (far left) and pop star KucaiMars (left) are among four young and rising talents putting on a show at the Esplanade Concourse on June 29.
Malaysian rapper Bunga (above) and pop star KucaiMars are among four young and rising talents putting on a show at the Esplanade Concourse on June 29.PHOTO: ESPLANADE
Malaysian rapper Bunga (far left) and pop star KucaiMars (left) are among four young and rising talents putting on a show at the Esplanade Concourse on June 29.
Malaysian rapper Bunga and pop star KucaiMars (above) are among four young and rising talents putting on a show at the Esplanade Concourse on June 29.PHOTO: ESPLANADE

Teenage Malaysian rapper Bunga stands out from her contemporaries in the hip-hop scene - she performs wearing the traditional Malay attire of hijab and baju kurung.

"I want this to be my identity. I want people to see me in a baju kurung and go, 'Oh yeah, that's Bunga.' I think it's good for both the youth and for the culture," the 19-year-old, whose real name is Noor Ayu Fatini Mohd Bakhari, says in a telephone interview from Universiti Teknologi MARA in Negeri Sembilan, where she is studying public administration.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2019, with the headline 'Malaysian social media stars set for Singapore debut'. Print Edition | Subscribe