LIVE NEWS: Remember Nizam – A Celebration in Music

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Pioneering musician. Award-winning filmmaker. All-round loveable guy. The local music, movie and creative scenes were devastated when, on 14 June, influential DIY figure, Abdul Nizam Hamid, unexpectedly passed away from liver, lung and pancreatic cancer. Nizam, as his friends called him, was only 50. Bonded in grief, his friends have come together to organise a special tribute concert and fund- raising commemoration to this singular, inspiring and dearly missed man.

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LIVE NEWS: FRANK Presents: Bandwagon Riverboat II

Bandwagon Riverboat 2016

We loved Bandwagon Riverboat last time out! Great music in a unique setting. What’s more, the the boat rockin’ and rollin’ made it easy to groove naturally! Kudos!!

No surprise perhaps that the kind folks at Bandwagon have decided to expand the event to TWO days, with a cracking lineup to match!

So what are you waiting for? Book them tickets now before they are sold out!

http://riverboat2.peatix.com

See you there!!

MUSIC NEWS: LEVEL UP! A DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR YOUNG MUSIC ARTISTES

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In the last couple of years, we have seen various initiatives to develop the young music talent in Singapore, notably NOISE Singapore (via National Arts Council) and Baybeats Festival (via The Esplanade) and the various NAC music grants.

Now we have Level Up! – a private joint venture (between Roland Lim & Cross Ratio Entertainment) to groom young music artistes.

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MUSIC REVIEW: 3 SINGAPORE INSTRUMENTAL RELEASES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN 2015

2015 is almost done and dusted but there are still a couple of loose ends to tie up. Here’s a couple of Singapore instrumental albums released this year that you might want to examine a little closer.

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LIVE REVIEW: iNCH – LETTERS TO UBIN EP LAUNCH

Photo by Aloysius Lim
Photo by Aloysius Lim

Back in 2011, in a public Facebook note, singer-songwriter iNCH (a.k.a Inch Chua) criticised Singaporean attitudes toward local music. iNCH even moved out of Singapore (to the US) in order to pursue her musical career. Four years later, back in Singapore, as a packed audience demonstrates their hearty approval, iNCH is moved to tears by a post-gig video filled with expressions of congratulations, love, admiration and celebration for the launch of iNCH’s new EP, Letters to Ubin.

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LIVE REVIEW: THERE IS ONLY ONE JAWN!

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Polymath – “a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas”.

I am certainly not suggesting that JAWN (aka Jon Chan) is Leonardo Da Vinci but at a superficial level, I found the above definition to be representative of my experience of JAWN.

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SINGLE REVIEW: THE SAM WILLOWS – FOR LOVE

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Into their second single for Sony Music, it’s clear that The Sam Willows have honed their pop technique to a tight construct with “For Love” – the chorus comes with soaring banks of vocals even if the familiar melody does not move listeners that much.

The song recalls Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters & Men and even the quartet’s own “Glasshouse”. Not quite as incongruous as its predecessor “Take Heart”, this time the electro-pop elements complement the song rather well.

The message behind the video is strong and to the band’s credit maintains a personal emotional connection. It might be too close to the bone for many people but if pop music can be used to touch hearts, minds and souls in this manner then kudos to The Sam Willows for at least, taking their best shot at making a statement!

Pre-order the album Take Heart:
https://SonyMusicSG.lnk.to/TSWTakeHeartAlbum