Contemporary Warriors by Alena Murang & Band


  • Discover how Alena works with Joshua and Jonathan to present sape’ music in contemporary ways
  • Learn the history and basics of the sape’
  • How to pair traditional and modern instruments
  • Step-by-step process of music production


  • Class will be conducted in English
  • Suitable for students and beginners
  • Expand your knowledge and interest in contemporary music making and songwriting processes


Alena Murang

Alena Murang is the first and few professional female sape’ musicians. Singing in the endangered Kenyah and Kelabit languages, Alena uses music as a way to tell old and contemporary stories of her people. She has played at festivals worldwide, including Taiwan, Iceland, Australia, the US and Panama.

Joshua Maran

Joshua Maran is a multi-instrumentalist music producer, composer, performer and music teacher. He has been actively involved in the local music scene for over 20 years, playing in, composing and producing for many bands and artists. In the last 7 years, he helped pioneer the Kelabit tribe’s efforts in heritage and language preservation through music production, music education, folksong harvesting and documentation.

Jonathan Wong Ketshin

Jonathan Wong Ketshin is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator. Predominantly a stage performer, he is fluent in jazz adjacent styles such as contemporary world music, jazz fusion, and improvised music. He has performed at festivals in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia. Off stage, Jonathan is a music teacher, transcriber, and music arranger.

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