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Ujang Ijon and his three-year-old daughter Audrey perform Killing in the Name by US rockers Rage Against the Machine.

Age Against the Machine: 3-year-old Malaysian girl’s cover version with dad of US metal hit an adorable call for revolution

  • The cover version of Killing in the Name, performed by a guitarist and his daughter, has had 1.3 million views on Facebook
  • Tom Morello, guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, the band behind the original, has given their version his seal of approval

A Malaysian father and daughter’s cover version of the Rage Against the Machine hit Killing in the Name is the most adorable call for revolution you’ll hear this week – and has even earned a seal of approval from the US band’s guitarist, Tom Morello.

The cute cover by guitarist Ujang Ijon and his three-year-old daughter, Audrey – who live on Labuan Island off the coast of Sabah state in East Malaysia – has received more than 1.3 million views since being uploaded to Facebook on Sunday.

The lyrics of Killing in the Name are about institutional racism and police brutality, and the track featured on Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album in 1992. It has now become the band’s signature song.

Despite the heavy subject matter, Audrey manages to sweeten lyrics such as “Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses” and “Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites”. The video ends before the pair get to the song’s famed outro: “F*** you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

Morello, the alternative metal band’s guitarist, posted the cover version on his Instagram page this week, with the headline “Quite possibly the hardest cover of this song ever” and the caption “Preach, sista, preach!”

Ujang, 44, told the Asian pop culture website Format that his daughter always sang along whenever he played children’s songs, such as The ABCs and Five Little Monkeys, on his guitar.


“She picked up [Killing in the Name] because she always hears it in my car. She’s not a huge fan of rock but she likes any genre,” he said.