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Biography

There are at least 2 artists using the name Mawi:
1)Malaysian singer Asmawi Atan
2)Mexican Pop band Mawi

1)Asmawi Atan (born August 25, 1981 in Kulai, Johor, Malaysia), better known as Mawi, is a Malaysian singer and winner of the Third Season of Malaysia's popular reality show, Akademi Fantasia (2005). His father, Pak Atan is a renown blacksmith in his hometown of Kulai, despite growing up in such an environment Mawi has stroven to greater heights and is now undoubtly the most notable export of Malaysia.

Apart from singing, he is currently testing his skills in acting and performing magic acts. He is also a budding businessman. Mawi is a well known person who received the highest vote in the reality show Akademi Fantasia, Season 3 among all the other seasons before and even after him. His mudslide vote went extraordinarily high on the final concert which left the other contestants an obviously lower percentage. Mawi has always been associated with the terms such as aura, tsumawi and world.

Tsumawi was derived from the word tsunami, a devastating wave that will destroy everything on its path. Many of his fans tried to resemble Mawi's achievement with this new term called Tsumawi, just like the tsunami.

While the Mawi World terminology was used for his signature campaign during the weekly concerts, every single contestants will have to be able to distinguish themselves through various expressive signature, a sign of self advertising and Mawi chose to use the "world" to be added in front of his name and he will usually say, "world" as soon as he entered the lime light. And people outside particularly his fans started to call him Mawi world.

He was almost like the most desirable reality show contestant ever in the history of Akedemi Fantasia or perhaps the whole Malaysia. People from all walks of life and all ages, school children, white and blue collar workers and even the senior citizens were very pleased with him. Some are so obsessed with Mawi that they will spent over RM100 just to vote him for victory.

There are many reasons which escalates the situation. Among them is Mawi was first expelled along with Marsha, another contestant for he was singing a nasyeed contemporary song, while all the other selected contestants were singing modern tunes. That situation created some sort of immense sympathy for him to be expelled just because his song's genre. Secondly, many fans particularly girls and even middle aged women find him very charming with a very pleasant attitude and most of all, funny. Third and foremost, such great supports he got during the show was possibly came from his so called Islamic background. He once considered the carrier of being a bilal, apparently he chose to take his chances in the show biz.

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