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A National Day song about Katong, a place that everyone knows and loves

While the rest of Singapore is singing national songs in celebration of the 57th National Day, acapella group Vocaluptuous decided to go totally local. “We wanted to do a song that had a connection to a place that everyone knew and was completely familiar with, and My Old Hometown Katong fit the bill as it…
9 Aug 2022 5 mins read

Outdoor concert One Love Asia Festival 2022 with Stefanie Sun, Tanya Chua, is a go!

(UPDATED on 5 August 2022) If you are a fan of Mandopop, then mark your calendars for October to catch your favourite stars live at One Love Asia Festival 2022. The two-day outdoor festival will have Singaporean Mandopop stars Stefanie Sun and Tanya Chua, and Taiwanese singer Show Lo belting repertoire from their respective albums…
5 Aug 2022 2 mins read

Coming back with a vengeance – Getai planners preparing for the seventh month

Getai is back, and after a two-year hiatus, it is back with a vengeance. Like it or not, the melodies of dialect folk song and garish LEDs lights are set to sprout around the open fields within HDB estates and the courts of community centres as the seventh lunar month, better known as the month…
21 Jul 2022 4 mins read

New play examines the importance of being Kwa Geok Choo

She was only 18 the year Madam Kwa Geok Choo died.  Today, actress Tan Rui Shan, 30, assumes the role of Madam Kwa, better known as the wife of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on stage. “There are so many different interpretations of her, yet there is so little resources and information about…
8 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Booming busking scene: Growing industry or just a one-off success?

It seemed like a concert last Saturday as busker Jeff Ng captivated the masses outside the Cathay. Fans numbered in the hundreds waved their light sticks and smart phones to the beat of his music and sang in unison to the Mandarin melodies that Mr Ng was belting.  The 32 year-old musician has been performing…
30 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Play that funky music … again

Who doesn’t love a great comeback story?  After all, Rocky Balboa stepped out of retirement for a bout with Mason “The Line” Dixon. Liverpool FC clinched the 04/05 Champions League in Istanbul against AC Milan in penalties. And then there is Kim Kardashian. 2022 is the year of the comebacks.  For Singapore, it is the…
25 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Looking at a new lease of life for Cathay Building: Will it come full circle?

Cathay Building, the art-deco building by architect Frank W Brewer, has been sitting on the slopes of Mt Sophia along Handy Road since 1939. It had witnessed many events, used by both the British and Japanese during World War II and the place of first dates at the cinema for many.  For many generations of…
21 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Sorry kids, no watching Lightyear because of a same-sex kiss

Animated movies are usually the solid choice for family movie night out, especially during the June school holidays. But when it comes to the new Pixar movie Lightyear, the decision to include a kissing scene from a lesbian couple seems to be doing the movie in – well, in the more conservative markets, that is.…
17 Jun 2022 4 mins read

Sing Lit’s New Narrative: A luxury we can afford, all year long

I still remember the first time I read an Arthur Yap poem. My junior college literature department had graciously prepared us a compendium for the unseen poetry segment in our A-Level exams. Ironically, we were analysing An Afternoon Nap, a poem that scrutinises the Singaporean penchant to glorify academic achievements as the ultimate goal in…
2 Jun 2022 7 mins read

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