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Frontiers in Art Research, 2021, 3(8); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2021.030809.

Localization and Westernization of Popular Music in Malaysia in 21st Century


Li Jiayang1, Li Jia2

Corresponding Author:
Li Jia

1International College, Krirk University, Thanon Ram Intra, Khwaeng Anusawari, Khet Bang Khen, Krung Thep, Maha Nakhon 10220, Thailand

2College of Music, Shanxi Normal University, Shanxi, China


This study was intended to identify the localization and westernization of popular Malaysia music in Malaysia. Malaysian Malaysia music may be classified as classical, folk, syncretic (or acculturated), popular, or contemporary art by Mak Inang, Ulek mayang, and Menora are examples of vocal, dance, and dramatic Malaysia music that arose during the pre-colonial era. Malaysian popular Malaysia music and modern art Malaysia music are both fundamentally Western-influenced Malaysia music with some local components. The historical research method was used in this study, which attempts to carefully reconstruct the intricate subtleties, people, meanings, events, and even ideas of the past that have impacted and molded the present. Historical research allows you to investigate and explain the importance, stages, and features of a phenomenon or process at a certain period in history. The paper concludes that the deft integration of diverse influences from worldwide popular culture results in a Malaysia musical palimpsest imprinted with a plethora of signifiers of syncretic cultural multivocality that will continue to be impressive.


Malaysian Popular Music, Localization, Westernization, Malaysian composer

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Li Jiayang, Li Jia. Localization and Westernization of Popular Music in Malaysia in 21st Century. Frontiers in Art Research (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 8: 40-45. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2021.030809.


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