Imratul Najwa Abdul Latif, famously known by her stage name, Najwa Latif, was only 16 years old when she signed to NAR Records in 2011. A year later she released her self-titled debut album, ‘Najwa’. Though she sometimes sings in English, Najwa’s songs are mainly in her national language of Bahasa Malaysia. In 2013, Najwa became a campaign ambassador for Colgate’s Sixth Annual Ramadan Charity which helped to raise RM150,000 (US$36,000) for 15 orphanages in Malaysia.
Children in colourful outfits sing in a creole of Portuguese and Malay during a class in the historic Malaysian city of Malacca, part of efforts to stem the decline of the centuries-old language.The youngsters chant "bong atardi mestri" (good evening teacher) and work their way through songs including "Bunitu siara siorus" (Beautiful ladies and gentlemen) and "Gato do matu" (The jungle cat). Sara Santa Maria runs the weekly classes at her home to ensure