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More female musicians making their mark on the local music scene

Published on Feb 20, 2013 4:11 PM
 
(From left to right) Lennat Mak, 33, drummer for Obedient Wives Club, Sarah Ismail of folk-pop band Seyra, Victoria Chew, 21, guitarist for The Summer State, Cherie Ko, 22 singer and guitarist for Obedient Wives Club and Bored Spies, and Lee YinQi, 29, vocalist for Obedient Wives Club. Girl power is rocking the local music scene, with more females taking up instruments, forming bands, and recording EPs and albums. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

Girl power is rocking the local music scene, with more females taking up instruments, forming bands, and recording EPs and albums.

Among the new wave of young bands who have just released, or are soon releasing, new records, many have at least one female musician. They include folk-pop band Seyra, which started out as a bedroom recording project by frontwoman and lead songwriter Sarah Ismail, 29. And indie-rock band Obedient Wives Club, which have three female musicians rocking out on drums, guitar and lead vocals.

Local music veterans Kevin Mathews and Patrick Chng say the number of local female musicians has boomed compared to five years ago. Chng, 45, who points to young blood such as soul-funk act The Good Life Project and Seyra as bands with talented female musicians, reckons females made up just about 20 per cent of the music scene 10 years ago. Now, he estimates the gender ratio is close to equal.

He says: "We've always had good female musicians all the time but lately there are more, and they are young and they have the opportunities to play, maybe take lessons and form bands, whereas 20 years ago, opportunities were less."

 
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