1,000 fans brave rain at Bras Basah for Xinyao singers
Published on Jul 6, 2014 10:01 PM
SINGAPORE - Raindrops might have fallen on their heads, but music lovers who came of age in the 1980s clapped, swayed and sang along to Singapore-style campus songs on Sunday afternoon at the central atrium of Bras Basah Complex.
At least a thousand fans turned up for the two-hour concert featuring 1980s singers headlined by Eric Moo, Roy Loi, Dawn Gan and Pan Ying, who went on stage slightly later than planned because of afternoon showers.
The event was staged as part of The Songs We Sang, a documentary about the Singapore Chinese song movement popularly called Xinyao. Back then in the 1980s, talented students would compose their own tunes and pen their own lyrics, performing the songs in lecture halls and later TV studios.
On Sunday, film-makers staged a Xinyao reunion at Bras Basah, as the complex known for its bookshops was a student hangout, as well as a popular venue for Singapore singers to launch and promote their cassette albums in the 1980s.
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