NADA, music group
Combining soundscapes with visual art
“NADA, comprising two gifted artists, performs old Malay songs with a contemporary edge through sampling. The effect, at once mesmerising and nostalgic, is not to be missed, if you get the chance to see them. They are, the real deal: gifted, giving and gritty.” — Haresh Sharma, playwright
The duo, comprising Safuan Johari and Rizman Putra, does more than just contemporary takes of traditional Malay music. “We are a visual arts and sound project specialising in conjuring lost eras through music, particularly the golden period of Malay and Southeast Asian traditional and popular music from the 1950s to the 1980s,” explains Rizman.
In 2019, they performed with artists Kiat and Deborah Emmanuel from audio-visual collective Syndicate, at the ArtScience Museum. Titled Beyond the Silver Glow, the performance took place beneath famed art piece, Museum of the Moon by British artist Luke Jerram, and was a sonic and movement-based presentation that surveyed the cultural, scientific and spiritual relations different societies have with the Moon. Check this link for upcoming performances: bandwagon.asia/artists/nada
“Multi-genre music festival Hydeout takes place in April at Gardens by the Bay” — Karin Choo, Leading Flight Stewardess
Three spots every music geek needs to hunt down
1. Red Point Record Warehouse
“This family-run record shop located in Tai Seng, an industrial area, has lots of old Singapore and Southeast Asian vinyls. The knowledgeable owner Mr Ong always has great recommendations!”
2. Roxy Records
“We’ve been visiting this store since we were teenagers! Before the internet, it carried demo cassettes from local bands. It was the place you went to check out new Singapore music.”
3. SLED Productions x Decline
“Housed in an industrial building in Geylang, this music production studio and performance art theatre is an inclusive space for all music genres and subcultures in Singapore.”
Where to go for live…
The Merry Lion, a comedy club at Circular Road, prides itself on providing a platform for local comic talent such as Jinx Yeo and Sharul Channa.
The charmingly ramshackle Crazy Elephant bar in Clarke Quay is a top venue for live acoustic and blues music. Bands play from 9pm every night.
S.E.A Focus: This showcase of contemporary art from Southeast Asia – led by workshop and gallery STPI – usually takes place each January.
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