Transcript of Welcome to Singapore!
Welcome to Singapore Track 1: Geylang Sipaku Geylang This children's song is also enjoyed by people of all ages. Sung in malay, it provides the listener with a very homely feeling. For this track, string guitars and keyboard, mixed with the childrens voice is reminscent of the old Geylang.Geylang is seen as the Malay heartland, where many Malays, shop converse, and engage in cultural activities. The chorus, "pulang marilah pulang bersama-sama"(lets go home togather) encourages unity among Malays Track 2: Mustafa This Singapore rendition of an Arabic song combines Indian, Chinese, Malay, and English languages and cultures. It was written by Dick Lee, and performed by himself and his ex-wife, Jacintha Abishagenaden. This love song incorporates characterisitics of the varying Singaporean cultures and instruments. It also incorporates the sometimes forgotten Arab influence in Singapore through the melody. The instruments include various malay and indian drums and chinese string instruments. Track 3: Jingli Nona This Singapore madejazz version of a Portugese influenced Malay song is about a Sinhalese girl is great example of the evolution and adoption of music. Brought over by Portugese settlers, it was quickly adopted into Malay culture and remains popular til this day.Although the stage provides a forum for fleeting refrences to a Portugese diaspore, these echose are slowly being eclipsed as oral transmission and repeated performance gradually transform the repertoire into something uniquly local. Track 4: Heartbeat by Wang Lee Hom This very popular modern chinese pop song demonstrates the popularity of foreign music in Singapore. Similarly, Western, and Indian pop songs are found through out Singapore.Interestingly, Wang Lee Hom is a Canadian born Chinese pop artist. Track 5: Aaj Ki Raat Originally composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loys for "Don," an old Hindi film. This song was recently remade and used for "Slumdog Millionaire." Although Hindi culture has not influenced modern day Singapore as much as the West,Malaysia, or China, these songs, movies, and sounds are finding their way to this Island through the growing popularity of Bollywood. Don't be suprised to find a malay girl singing a hindi song on the MRT. Track 6: Rasa Sayang This controversial song has a disputed past. Indonesian's have accused Malaysians of heritage theft, while Malaysians argue it is the heritage of the Malay Archipelago, which includes Singapore. However, through research, I have come to find that this song's rythem and melody were featured in a 1937 Dutch movie.Full transcript