Asmawi bin Ani, better known as Mawi is a current no. 1 Malaysian male singer and the winner of Akademi Fantasia 3 in Malaysia. He came to Akademi Fantasia in 2005 as a raw talent who found it awkward to even take a few dance steps. Within three months, however, he became the nation's hottest celebrity. After winning Akademi Fantasia by a landslide, he became such a nation-wide phenomenon in Malaysia. His almost overnight rise to fame has often been compared to another famous Malaysian singer and icon, Siti Nurhaliza. However, his critics predict that Mawi will end up just being a "one hit wonder", following the career trends of all other previous winners of Akademi Fantasia. He is also currently the face of the noodle company, Mamee.
Mawi was born on August 25, 1981 and was raised in Felda Taib Andak, Kulai, Johor. Prior to joining Akademi Fantasia 3, he held several part-time jobs including being a fardhu ain teacher, a restaurant DJ and a general worker.
His first solo album entitled "Mawi...Yang Tercinta" was released on November 16, 2005 and sold more than 85,000 copies in just 2 days.
His famous phrase is "World!" which is an abbreviation of the normal phrase "world-class".
Most Popular Malaysian Artist (MTV Asia Music Award 2006)
Most Popular Celebrity (Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005)
Popular Breakthrough (Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005)
Popular Male Singer (Anugerah Bintang Popular 2005)
Best Performance (Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005)
Best Song Ethnic Creative Category-Aduh Saleha (Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005)
To date, all awards that he won are either through SMS or popular vote casted by his fans and this includes the Best Performance award from Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005 which was determined through SMS votes for the first time. He is popularly known as Raja SMS (SMS King) in Malaysia due to the fact stated above. Inspite of his various awards, Mawi's singing capability especially in genres other than nasyid is very much debatable.
Best Song Ethnic Creative Category-Aduh Saleha (Anugerah Juara Lagu 2005) was awarded to the composer of the song, M Nasir.