Mayco Santaella

Research Team Member

Mayco Santaella is Associate Professor and Head of the Film and Performing Arts department at Sunway University. He studied at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as an East-West Center fellow researching music and dance traditions of the extended Sulu Zone and its links to the Nusantara region. He carried out fieldwork for his doctoral studies in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia as a Fulbright recipient (2012–2013). His research foci include the study of music and dance within the extended Sulu Zone, and popular music in maritime Southeast Asia.


MyArchives (Malaysian Audio-Visual Archives) is a project developed by the ICTM National Committee of Malaysia under the auspices of the International Council for Traditional Music. This project consists of a digital archive of performing arts developed through the joint efforts of scholars, performers and researchers focusing on traditions, past and present. The material is preserved in digital format for the purposes of research, sustainability and viability of the performing arts of the country.

Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s leading private universities which is a strictly not-for-profit institution and dedicated to quality education, supporting enterprise, and undertaking research focused on key global problems.