5 special covers of National Day songs to keep on repeat for S’pore’s 52nd birthday

Got more than one Home.

By Joshua Lee | August 9, 2017

It’s Singapore’s 52nd birthday and if you’re yearning for some good old nostalgic National Day songs, here’s a round up of the beautiful covers of past National Day songs (and one rendition of our national anthem) produced by super creative people in Singapore for its anniversary.

Home by Flame of the Forest

Flame of the Forest (FOTF) consists of Krsna Tan (Sitar), Govin Tan (Tabla Kit), Jeffrey Tan (Violin), Caleb Koa (Keyboard), Andy Chong (Electric Guitar) & Arthur Adika Wiyono (Electric Bass). 

The ensemble was formed in 1986 by Kenny Tan, K Subramanian, and Nantha Kumar. Their music is a fusion of multiple genres of traditional sounds.

Take a listen to their rendition of Home and marvel at how Krsna’s sitar and Jeffrey’s violin come together so beautifully to evoke a memory of home, backed by the gentle beats of Govin’s tabla.

Enjoy FOTF’s rendition of Home? You can find it on iTunes.

Majulah Singapura by Teng Ensemble

The Teng Ensemble prides itself on producing fusion music guided by Asian instruments such as the pipa and the sheng alongside the cello and guitar.

You might have heard of them here before when we featured their Disney medley (if you haven’t heard it, you are missing out).

Also, if you’re interested in Singaporean folk music, you might want to check out The Teng Ensemble’s album Stories from an Island City (Spotify link). We guarantee you’ll be blown away.

Home by Dear Straight People

This rendition of Home by Singapore LGBT website Dear Straight People features members of Singapore’s LGBT community.

Other people who are also featured in the video are Dr Khoo Hoon Eng, a mother of two gay sons who set up a support group for parents of LGBT children, NORIStar – a drag queen in Singapore, and Otto Fong, a teacher who came out publicly in 2007.

Evolution of NDP Songs by MICappella

MICappella – that eargasm factory – strikes again, this time with a mind-boggling medley of 23 National Day songs.

Try singing along to your favourites such as Singapore Town, Moments of Magic, and Where I Belong.

The a cappella group’s production is so slick that it even earned the stamp of approval from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

My Little Red Dot by Peter Huang, Timothy Kua, and Bryan Tan

Member of MICappella Peter Huang and his childhood friends (Tan and Kua) created this tribute to Singapore.

To say that it resonated with listeners is an understatement. The video garnered 3.6k likes and over 2k shares, with many Facebook users praising it for the wonderful composition.

You can keep these songs on repeat throughout your National Day holiday.

 

Top image via YouTube.

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