Wan Umar Shahid Wan Ibrahim is a Malaysian singer-songwriter, who performs under the stage name of Sounds Of Kites, his amalgamation of sound ideas blending together in an effort to create the images he pictures. With soldiers of guitars behind him on stage, coupled with a baritone vocal, the songs he plays paint the audience pictures ranging from the galloping sounds of taking a ride on a steam-engine locomotive, to the soundscape that is justifiable only by drifting in a vast black sea.
Sounds Of Kites has been actively performing in the music scene around Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Pinang, Sarawak, Johor and London since 2015, hitting up stages such as on Merdekarya, The Gaslight KL, Urbanscapes 2017 & 2019, Earth Hour KL 2018, Minut Init Galeria, Grind 22, The Bee, The Canteen at China House Penang, NoBlackTie KL, LiveFact KL and King William IV London. In 2019, Sounds of Kites was one of four troubadours of Selat Folkers (Azmyl Yunor (MY), Hell-Low (SG), Bayangan (MY)) and toured a five-days five cities in Jawa Indonesia namely Surabaya, Malang, Yogyakarta, Salatiga, and Semarang.
2020 & 2021 have seen Sounds of Kites stomped and grounded to the four-edge confines of the virtual frame. He has actively been performing online shows in collaboration with organisers such as Santai Malam (Malaya Roll), Terang Vol 5, Berani Bersama (Mercy), Virtual Spacejam and LiveLockasi (Studio Lokasi).
With the 2018 debut album "Remember Sycamore" done and dusted, 2022 is the year for a new full-length album. Produced & engineered by Shariman Suhaime, the first single “Kau Hina” (1 April 2022) and the second single “The Fool Inside the Light” (8 April 2022), were released digitally to great personal reviews, and the full-length album of ten tracks “Faceless Name” followed suit on 15 April 2022.
Photograph by Nadhir