Growing up in Borneo, Alena Murang was surrounded by a rich natural environment, and cultures of many different indigenous cultures of the island. She is part Kelabit - one of the smallest ethnic groups on the island. Borneo is ingrained in the person that she is. She strives to tell the stories of the people and environment of Borneo, particularly of the Orang Ulu; Kenyah, Kelabit and Penan people of the Sarawak, through her visual art, music and some production and TV work; through research and documentation, language preservation and cultural activism.
Learning from her Kelabit and Kenyah elders, Alena Murang sings, dances and plays the sape' (a traditional lute instrument). She is one of the first and few female sape' players, and is growing in the global World Music Scene, travelling USA, Europe, and Asia.
She started Kanid Studio (previously known as ART4 Studio), an organisation that aims to use art and music as a medium for positive impact, grounded in indigenous community values that are strong in the longhouse villages.
Alena Murang has been featured on Nat Geo People, Channel News Asia, Asian Nikkei Review, NPR Radio, BBC Radio 2, CBC News, Discovery Channel, Double J, etc.
Alena shares her music and art via performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Miri Mayor Award
Prestige Magazine 40 under 40
Tatler Magazine Gen-T Award
Cleo Hot Shots
UNESCO Youth Ambassador
ASEAN's Next Generation Leader (for Malaysia), elected by Channel News Asia
Guinness World Record holder for "Most number of individuals contributing to a paint by numbers painting" with Leon Jala and PEMANDU
Rakan Muda Youth Mentor for Borneo Art Forms, elected by Ministry of Youth and Sports