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Malaysian musician, NIU alumna Amirah Ali performs with School of Music students

March 7, 2013

Amirah Ali, an NIU alumna and award-winning Malaysian pop singer and songwriter, returned to campus to headline a performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS).

A native of Kuala Lumpur, Ali earned a master’s degree in music at NIU in 2009, and is known for fusing aspects of traditional Malaysian music with elements of modern Western pop. Her debut single, “Katakanlah,” garnered two international songwriting awards, including second place in the worldwide International Songwriting Competition in 2010.