‘Come Together’ in tribute to frontline heroes

James Kon

Singer Maria Grace Koh recently teamed together with rapper Zed Peace to perform Come Together, as a tribute to the frontliners in Brunei Darussalam working around the clock to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In an interview, Koh revealed that the song was written in a few hours, to spread the message of hope and positivity amidst an otherwise gloomy pandemic.

“I was aiming for a We are the World and Where is the Love kind of vibe, which takes us back to the 2000s, where things were relatively more carefree,” said the 27-year-old, who goes by the stage name of Eia.

“I really can’t thank our frontliners enough, for all of their time and efforts, even putting their own lives and their families at risk. We wouldn’t be doing so well if it weren’t for the frontliners, volunteers, cleaners and everyone else involved.”

The song features 25 other local artistes in the final chorus. They are AJ Abdul, Amin Nordin, Beatrice Shim, Dayat Ahim, Dila Junaidi, Fakhrul Razi, Fairuzneezan, Faizul – A Band Once, Flora Ngu, Habib Adanan, Isyraf Yusri, Izza Asmi, Juju Junaidi, Kip Hafizuddin, Leehin – Titanz, Luis Lim, Mayamin Walker, Rapul Rezal, Skylar Ong, Suzan Maidin, Taswim Rozan, Yun C, Zoe Chan, Zuden Karem and Zul F.

The video of the song, which is available on YouTube was produced by local creative agency Oddbox Pictures.

“I did the recording in my home studio, while everyone else did their own parts separately for the chorus. It was put together by Syarif Baharudin,” said Koh.

“A lot of effort went into it. I am thankful to everyone for their willingness to contribute to a good cause.” At the same time, the former gold winner at the World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) is also occupied with coaching and mentoring young artistes.

“Priorities have definitely shifted,” said the mother of twins – a boy and a girl – who will turn two in August. “But yes, I have a lot of songs recorded and waiting to be released. I already did two shows this year and was hoping to do more, but the COVID-19 outbreak is making things difficult. Perhaps I may organise an online concert!”

Meanwhile, Zed Peace expressed delight with his involvement in the project. “You know that it’s a good song when your five-year-old daughter is singing along to it, non-stop,” he said, adding, “Let’s work together with the frontliners and everyone involved by doing our part.”

Singer Maria Grace Koh and Zed Peace perform ‘Come Together’
A screen grab of 25 other local artistes featured in the song. PHOTOS: EIA