Friday, September 28, 2018

Malacca's Lyia Meta

Malacca-born blues-rock singer-songwriter Lyia Meta (right) took home the World Artist of the Year 2018 award at the Josie Music Awards in Tennessee, USA on September 08, 2018. 

The Josie Music Awards is the largest award show that celebrates independent artists from all genres across the globe. And talented Meta was the only Malaysian artist among some 13,000 hopeful entries. 

Her songs are about women and the ruptures they go through in life. Please do give a listen to these self-penned tunes and be wowed by her big voice:

“For me to win an award was surreal because I know the calibre of musicianship there and it felt so affirming on a personal level”, she told Malay Mail

In a 2015 interview with the same paper, Meta said of the challenges that she faced as an independent artist was getting her music played on Malaysian radio stations, despite enjoying airplay abroad. 

That’s not unusual. Or strange. We just don’t seem to take pride in our own local talents. 

At least, I blogged about Shila Amzah on September 11 and today, it’s Lyia Meta’s turn.

On Thursday, I was again at the EcoWorld Toastmasters meeting @ BBCC in Kuala Lumpur. 

A different venue with a mostly different set of participants. And this time around, I was just an observer. 

A good meeting with four Table Topics speakers and three project speakers.

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