Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wee Meng Chee (Namewee)

Wee Meng Chee[1] (traditional Chinese: 黃明志; simplified Chinese: 黄明志; pinyin: Huáng Míng Zhì; Hainanese Pinyin: Wee Meng Chee) (born 1983 in Muar, Johor[1][2]) is a Malaysian Chinese and formerly an undergraduate student majoring in Mass Communication at Ming Chuan University, in Taipei, Taiwan ROC. He is also commonly known under the alias Namewee.

Wee gained notoriety after releasing a controversial song fused with the national anthem of Malaysia, Negaraku, which describes the state of the country and its government. In the following weeks, the song increasingly drew both praise and criticism from various quarters of Malaysian society, and prompted the government of Malaysia to voice the possibility of action against Wee.

In addition to studying abroad, Wee composes and performs hip hop music in various languages, releasing several songs with complementing music videos on YouTube. Among the songs released by Namewee include Muar's Mandarin (麻坡的华语) and Kawanku, a critical song directed at Malaysian Chinese and Malay people.

Despite the controversy surrounding Negarakuku, Wee released his first, self-titled album, 明志 Namewee, in Malaysia on September 3, 2007,[3] The album was completed in May,[4] and does not contain Negarakuku.[5]

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