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Sape version of ‘You are the reason’ steal hearts of many

Calum Scott features Sarawakian Anderson Kalang in sape version of 'You are the reason'

Popular ballad ‘You are the reason’ by Calum Scott was made even more special as the Brittish singer partnered with Sarawakian Anderson Kalang to produce a very calming and beautiful stripped sape version of the famous song.

Appearing exclusively on, the song started with Anderson plucking the sape as an intro to the song, before Calum started his singing.

As Calum belted up the lyrics to the love song, Anderson continued to play his sape to the tunes, with Calum himself declaring his amazement and disbelief of the arrangement at some point of the song.

The video continued as the duo performed the beautiful piece flawlessly until the whole 4 minutes and 12 seconds of the video ended.

You can see the sape version of the ‘You are the reason’ in the clip below.

On social media, the reception of the stripped down version of the song by the duo has been very positive with many commending how it sounded so much better than the original.

For Sarawakians and Borneo people in general, it brings a sense of pride as such collaboration somewhat is an acknowledgement and celebration to their beautiful culture.

About Calum Scott

Calum Scott is an English singer and songwriter which rose to prominence after competing on the ITV talent contest Britain’s Got Talent where he earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer. He had singles which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and became Britain’s best-selling single of summer 2016.

In 2017 he released the single “You Are the Reason”which reached number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and has now amassed over one billion streams. Later in 2018, he also collaborated with Leona Lewis to release a duet version of “You Are the Reason”.

Calum performed for Ed Shreen in the former’s recent concert in Kuala Lumpur.

About Anderson Kalang

Anderson Kalang is a Sape’ Coach and Kelabit instrumentalist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is part of the band, “Naungan”, that features the symphony of Asian traditional instruments including gamelan, guzheng and sitar.

He was also the Contemporary Sape’ Mentor for the 2023 Sape’ Junior Competition in Kuching, Sarawak.

About the sape

The Sapeh, also spelled sape, sapeʼ, sapek, sapeik, sapeq, sampeh, sampeʼ, sampek, or sampeq (/sʌpɛʔ/) is a traditional string instrument of Borneo-origin which is popularly promoted by Sarawak and Sarawakians as being one of its many traditional musical instruments.

Girls of Ilu Letto. They play the Sape, a traditional musical instrument prominent in Sarawak – KUCHINGBORNEO

The instrument is popularly played by the Orang Ulu in Sarawak and has been often used to represent the Sarawak music scene in various occasions including being part of the famous Rainforest World Music Festival logo.


Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.
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