Wany Hasrita – who burst into the music scene in 2016 with her smash hit, Menahan Rindu, which clocked over 30 million YouTube views – has just released her first Raya single.

Semarak Syawal is special because it has the ability to make you feel nostalgic although it is released in modern times,” says the 25-year-old singer.

She adds the song boasts an important message too: “It’s about not forgetting those who are less fortunate as we celebrate Hari Raya.”

Semarak Syawal is penned by renowned composer Pak Ngah, who’s known for irama Malaysia hits like Cindai and Hati Kama.

Wany also shares some of her favourite Raya tunes are Dendang Perantau and Suara Takbir by Tan Sri P. Ramlee.

Wany says she misses the time when all her extended relatives used to celebrate Hari Raya together at Bagan Datuk, Perak.

“There were so many people gathered together in one big house. I was six at the time. That was the last time. The following years, everybody went to celebrate at their respective kampungs elsewhere.”

Wany Hasrita

Wany Hasrita releases ‘Semarak Syawal’ in time for Hari Raya. Photo: Starvilion