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  1. Xinyao : made in Singapore

    Xinyao (新谣) refers to Chinese language songs composed, written and performed by young Singaporeans. Literally meaning Singapore songs (xin jia po ge yao 新加坡歌谣), xinyao started in the late 1970s and had its heyday in the 1980s. The xinyao movement propelled many local singers and singer-songwriters to popularity, several of whom successfully transitioned to the commercial sector.

  2. Quek Ling Kiong : bringing Chinese orchestra to the people

    A recipient of the Young Artist Award in 2002, Quek Ling Kiong is a top-notch percussionist and resident conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Quek is committed to spreading his passion and knowledge of music to the masses through outreach and educational activities.

  3. Rufino Soliano : conductor, composer and rhythm man

    Rufino Soliano is an accomplished musician, composer and conductor. He is best known as a former leader of the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) orchestra. From a young age, he has been active in the local music scene as a violinist, drummer and percussionist. Subsequently, he took on music arrangement, composing and conducting. In 2013, at the age of 81, he released his debut album of 12 original songs.

  4. Singapore National Youth Orchestra : cultivating young talents

    The Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) comprises of young musicians from various educational institutions in Singapore. Funded and managed by the Ministry of Education, the SNYO is a major co-curricular activity for schools. The SNYO performs regularly at the annual Singapore Youth Festival events, and has competed and performed overseas.

  5. Stefanie Sun : Singapore’s pop sensation

    When Stefanie Sun Yanzi (孙燕姿) burst onto the music scene in 2000, she took the Chinese pop music markets in Singapore and Taiwan by storm. Within a year, she chalked up impressive record sales and swept about a dozen Best Newcomer Awards at various music award shows. Despite periodic absences from the music scene, Sun continues to be one of Singapore’s most popular singers.

  6. T’ang Quartet : breaking new ground

    The T’ang Quartet is Singapore’s first professional string quartet. Known for its fun and funky image, the Quartet aims to dismantle the stereotypical image of classical music and musicians being “fuddy duddy”. Over the years, the Quartet has pushed musical boundaries by experimenting with different types of performances. In addition to performing, the Quartet devotes time to teaching and mentoring young musicians.

  7. Tanya Chua : singer-songwriter

    Tanya Chua is a critically acclaimed Singapore singer-songwriter who emerged on the singing scene in the late 1990s. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Chua gained much critical success mainly in Taiwan for not just her singing, but also for her songwriting abilities. She is the only Singaporean singer to win the Best Female Artiste thrice in Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards.

  8. Taufik Batisah : more than a pop idol

    The first Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah, has progressed from singer to songwriter, arranger and producer to all-round entertainer. He is one of Singapore’s most popular singers with four solo albums under his belt, numerous awards and a large fan base in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

  9. Xiaohan : the voice of the city dwellers

    Xiaohan was born in 1973 in Singapore. Although she has been writing lyrics since her school days, she only started writing for commercial publication in the 1990s. Since then, the fluently bilingual and award-winning lyricist has penned more than 150 songs for artistes including Stefanie Sun, Tanya Chua, Joi Chua, Sandy Lam, SHE, Jacky Cheung, Mavis Hee, and Jolin Tsai.

  10. Perkamus : cherishing Malay music and culture

    Perkamus (Society of Malay singers, musicians and professional composers of Singapore) is a non-profit organisation established to support musicians and composers in the Malay music industry of Singapore. It fulfills its mission by organising talks, forums, classes, collaborations and producing publications related to Malay music in Singapore.

  11. Rahimah Rahim : the evergreen singing sensation

    Rahimah Rahim is a veteran performer in the local music scene and one of the most popular entertainers in the 1970s and 1980s. Born to a singer father and actress mother, Rahimah was exposed to acting and singing from an early age. She came into her own when she won the prestigious Kim Koso Talentime in Japan in 1974. She returned to Singapore and performed at some of the most popular clubs. She also has more than a dozen recorded albums. Between 1989 and 2003, Rahimah faded from the entertainment scene. She returned to show business with a recorded album in 2003. Since then, Rahimah continues to make occasional appearances in functions, singing shows and on television.

  12. National Day songs : songs that bring a nation together

    The Singapore government has commissioned national songs since the 1980s. The early songs were strongly nationalistic and resembled advertisement jingles. Since then, national songs have taken on a pop sensibility and became a showcase for local musical talent. These songs play a major role in the annual National Day Parade.

  13. Li Wei Song & Li Si Song : Singapore’s musical twins

    Twin brothers Paul Li Wei Song (李伟菘) and Peter Li Si Song (李偲菘) are two of Singapore’s most prolific songwriters and producers. The pair first made their names in penning memorable tunes for local Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Chinese drama serials. After a short stint as singer-songwriters, both retreated behind the scenes to focus on songwriting and production. They have written songs and produced albums for stars such as Jacky Cheung, Sandy Lam, Stefanie Sun and Gigi Leung.

  14. Jacintha Abisheganaden : entertainer & jazz singer

    Jacintha Abisheganaden is an accomplished Singapore actress, entertainer and jazz singer. The daughter of guitarist and Cultural Medallion recipient Alex Abisheganaden, Jacintha’s early training in music stood her in good stead for a career in entertainment. During her illustrious career, she performed in numerous stage plays and musicals, represented Singapore in international singing competitions, had her own television and radio shows as well as recorded music. Since the late 1990s, Jacintha focused on jazz music and gained international recognition for her unique interpretations of jazz standards.

  15. Indie music in Singapore : from fringe to mainstream

    Indie music or independent music encompasses a wide range of musical genres including rock, pop, metal and folk. Indie music is associated with alternative, non-mainstream productions and forms of distribution. In Singapore, Indie bands became popular in the 1990s and continue to be an important part of the local music scene today.

  16. Dikir barat : more than a dynamic chorus

    Dikir Barat is a form of Malay choral singing popular in Singapore and Malaysia. With a flexible format that incorporates singing, poetry, movement and music, Dikir Barat is a popular entertainment for both rural people and urbanites, young and old.

  17. Kit Chan : versatile artiste

    Kit Chan is a multi-talented artiste who has recorded numerous albums in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She has also performed in musical productions and television drama serials in Singapore and Hong Kong. The versatile artiste has also starred in feature films and took on the role of album and music video producer among others. She has authored two books and is a partner in two boutiques.

  18. Dondang sayang : the art of duelling pantuns

    Dondang Sayang is a traditional musical genre and entertainment of the Malay and Peranakan communities in Singapore and Malaysia. Although its popularity has dwindled since the mid-20th century, Dondang Sayang is still loved and performed by enthusiasts today.

  19. Corrinne May : Singapore’s Joni Mitchell

    Considered one of Singapore’s foremost English musical exports, singer-songwriter Corrinne May has wowed audiences in the United States, Singapore and the region with her singing and compositions. She has released five albums to date and is based in Los Angeles.

  20. Choo Hoey : “maestro among the cognoscenti”

    Choo Hoey was the resident conductor and music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) for 17 years from 1978 to 1996. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Choo had a successful conducting career in Europe. He returned to Singapore in the late 1970s to help set up and lead the SSO. He remains conductor emeritus at SSO and still performs in Singapore, Europe and China.