Tell Me When to Vote

This story was created as part of a 2008 education pilot project between I.M.O.W. and Oakland School for the Arts. The video is a response to the Malaysian Everywoman story from the Women, Power and Politics exhibition. The character Mak Bedah promotes democracy by delivering political-minded messages to the catchy beat of American pop songs.

We wanted to show our support for the Malaysian women's political movement, so we created our version of the hip-hop song "Tell Me When to Go." We hope our video will encourage people internationally to get involved in the democratic process and the trajectory of their country's future.
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Tell Me When to Vote
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"Mak Bedah" - Malaysian sensation and inspiration for the video above. View Larger >

Asha: Tell me when to vote,
Sabrina: Tell me when to vote,
Rose: Tell me when to vote,
All: Tell me when to vote. Go vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote. Tell me when to vote.

Asha: Tell me when to vote,
Sabrina: Tell me when to vote,
Rose: Tell me when to vote,
All: Tell me when to vote. Go vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote!

Rose: You got a choice, so make it,
Pick up your ballot and go on and take it.
Asha: Imagine all the change that could happen
Dancing in poll booths while our beat is slappin’
All: Ooh, tell me when to vote.

Sabrina: Check out the platforms to see what they wrote,
My 2nd or 3rd trip, some hope, some change and some other bullshit.
Rose: We need someone to free us from all this hypocrisy
And someone to lead us into a great democracy.

Asha: Aye Malaysia we see you on IMOW
Sitting in our scrapper, watching Behad go wild... Ta-dow!
Sabrina: We see how hard you work, the messages you shout,
Here in the bay, we feel what you’re all about.

Asha: So, keep spreadin’ the message and reapin’ your word,
Rose: 'Cuz all across the world you’ve been heard.

Asha: Tell me when to vote,
Sabrina: Tell me when to vote,
Rose: Tell me when to vote,
All: Tell me when to vote. Go vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote. Tell me when to vote.

Asha: Tell me when to vote,
Sabrina: Tell me when to vote,
Rose: Tell me when to vote,
All: Tell me when to vote,
Go vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote!



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Kellyann
Kellyann
United States

I love seeing young creative talent. Keep investing in yourself. kellyannart.com

Catherine King
Catherine King
United States

Thanks to the amazing students at Oakland School for the Arts for sharing their response and expressing support to Mak Bedah!


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