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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 ​v​enue for Singapore singers ​to launch and promote their ​cassette ​albums in the 1980s.

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