During Sudirman concert
Background information
Birth name Asmawi bin Ani
Born August 25, 1981 (1981-08-25) (age 30)
Origin Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Genres Pop, Nasheed
Occupations Singer, actor, model, spokesperson
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels Maestro Records

Asmawi Atan(born August 25, 1981), better known as Mawi, is a Malaysian singer and winner of the Third Season of Malaysia's popular reality show, Akademi Fantasia.[1] 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.

Aura Mawi

The term aura was used generally during the weekly concerts and the tsumawi term came when his position jumped from the second last to the top and the votes grew larger each week.


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.

Mawi World

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.

Raja SMS

Raja SMS or SMS King is the term given by the general public for his victorious achievement through the votes of his fans in the Akademi Fantasia, Season 3.


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.

Mawi and Fashion

In fashion, there was even a hijab named after him, many called the hijab, Tudung Mawi, and once again his name flourished in various part of the country. Many called this as the Mawi Phenomena And many of his male fans also in favor of his crew cut hairstyle. Mawi was all over during those days, a very huge phenomena for Malaysia.

Personal life

Mawi announced that he will be marrying Nora Asyikin Rahmat. The announcement took place at the Tavern of the Prancing Pony, Kuala Lumpur organized by Astro via the channel Astro Awani on October 21, 2008. Like Mawi, Ekin is also a Johorean, she is from the city of Johor Bahru. She chose Ekin for she was very pleased and delighted by his mother, Ramlah Sarlan. Mawi's father Pak Atan passed away on November 11, 2009 after complications during a heart bypass surgery at Larkhill Institute, Kuala Lumpur.

The akad nikah was held in the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, Johor Bahru on December 20, 2008. The wedding dinner was held inside the Johor Bahru Indoor Stadium for Ekin's family. A week later on December 28, 2008, the Panggilan Surut reception was held at Felda Taib Andak Hall, Kulai. While on January 11, 2008, the final wedding reception was held at the Palace Of The Golden Horses Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, specifically designed with a Middle Eastern theme called Seribu Satu Malam, based upon the Royal Moroccan wedding, including the dresses, foods and almost everything. The wedding also the reason for his downfall and unpopularity disaster. Now it seems that everybody do not care much what he is up to.

On December 27, 2008, a concert made for free with a group of Akedmi Fantasia artists at the Felda Taib Andak Field. Soon, the news conference were joined by Astro Entertainment Pte Ltd, Executive Director, Zainir Aminullah and the Maestro Talent and Management Pte Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Freddie Fernandez.


  • Best Of Mawi World (August 2005) 165,000 copies sold (Platinum)
  • Mawi... Yang Tercinta (November 2005) 126,000 copies sold (Platinum)
  • Doa, Berzanji & Qasidah Berlagu (April 2006) 118,000 copies sold (Platinum)
  • Mawi Yang Tercinta MTV Karaoke (2006) 55, 000 copies sold (Gold)
  • Selingkar Kisah (Kehidupan Seharian Mawi di AF) (2006)
  • Satu Dalam Seribu (2007)
  • Allah Habeebi (2008)


  • Aduh Saliha (unfinished)
  • Jin Notti (KRU)
  • Magika (KRU)



  • Juara Akademi Fantasia Musim 3
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005 (Bintang Paling Popular)
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005 (Penyanyi Lelaki Popular)
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005 (Artis Baru Lelaki Popular)
  • MTV Awards 2005 (Artis Paling Popular Malaysia)


  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2006 (Bintang Paling Popular)
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2006 (Penyanyi Lelaki Popular)
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2006 (Artis Berkumpulan/Duo Popular (bersama Jamal Abdillah))
  • Hits 1 (RTM1/Malaysia) Lagu Terbaik 2006 - "Lagu Jiwa Lagu Cinta"
  • Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005 (TV3/Malaysia) Persembahan Terbaik - "Aduh Saliha"
  • Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005 (TV3/Malaysia) Kategori Etnik Kreatif - "Aduh Saliha"
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Penyanyi Lelaki Popular)
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Lagu Balada Popular - "Kian")
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Lagu Etnik Popular - "Aduh Saliha")
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Artis SMS Digi)
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Lagu Paling Popular 2005 - "Aduh Saliha")
  • Anugerah Era 2006 (Video Klip Popular - "Lagu Jiwa Lagu Cinta" (arahan Mamat Khalid))
  • Anugerah Planet Muzik 2006 (Lagu Paling Popular - "Aduh Saliha")


  • Anugerah Juara Lagu 2007 (Persembahan Terbaik - "Angan Dan Sedar")
  • Anugerah Planet Muzik 2007 (Lagu Paling Popular - "Kian")
  • Anugerah Planet Muzik 2007 (Artis Lelaki Paling Popular)
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2007.[Bintang paling popular]
  • Anugerah Bintang Popular 2007.[Penyanyi lelaki popular]
  • MTV Award 2007.[Artis paling popular Malaysia]


Preceded by
Ahmad Zahid Baharudidn
Akademi Fantasia winner
Asmawi Ani (2005)
Succeeded by
Mohammad Faizal Ramly

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