Aina Abdul is no stranger to the Malaysian music scene. Fondly known as Aina Mentor, the title derived from the national prime reality television singing competition MENTOR which she was selected to participate in 2014. She came into the limelight after becoming the first runner-up of the show under the apprenticeship of Malaysia’s Queen of Rock, Ella.
When not showcasing her talent on national & international stages, Aina can be found practicing her craft whether as a music degree student, vocal teacher or performer. She has performed at numerous events and even in the presence of Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri Sembilan, the King of the Malaysian state. Aina’s professional development as a musician doesn’t stop at singing, as she has been teaching choir at various government institutions and top-notch schools in Kuala Lumpur. She has also tutored students sitting for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’s examination and assisted Cikgu Shafi, a well-known vocal teacher from Malaysia, to tutor some of the top upcoming Malaysian singers such as Hafiz, Adira, Ebi and Stacy.
Since then, Aina has actively been composing her own material and has started performing publicly at some of KL’s best live venues. Aina has been using the opportunity as a medium to create her own kind of music for her fans. She believes in originality and that creating her own sound would inspire listeners with her story. Modern R&B and Soul are her favourite genres and she cites Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Yuna, Tegan and Sara as sources of inspiration.