Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw
Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw

Malaysian Chinese hip-hop given a voice by rapper Dato’ Maw through his ‘Cina Music’

  • Malaysian Chinese artists have been under-represented in the Asian hip-hop boom. Rapper Dato’ Maw wants to rectify that with his ‘Cina Music’
  • Dato’ Maw raps in multiple tongues – Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, the Penang Hokkien dialect and English – peppered with an infusion of local slang

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Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw
Malaysian Chinese rapper Dato’ Maw is going against the grain with a new and hyper-localised spin on hip hop that he defines as “Cina Music”. Photo: courtesy of Dato’ Maw

Corrected [12:48pm, 25 Jan, 2021]

  • [12:48pm, 25 Jan, 2021]

    This story has been clarified to make clear that the word “Cina” is used to refer to Malaysian Chinese in general, but that it has also been used in a derogatory way by Malay nationalist extremists

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