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8 artists write original songs and poems to celebrate Tiong Bahru

Published on Apr 25, 2014 12:22 PM
 

While doing research for her poem based on the air raid shelter in Tiong Bahru, home-grown poet Jennifer Champion discovered a nugget of family history - her step-aunt was born in the shelter at 78 Moh Guan Terrace on the same day the step-aunt's father died in the bombings during World War II in 1942.

Champion, 26, is one of the eight artists taking part in Musicity Singapore 2014, which opens tonight at Tiong Bahru. It will feature a panel discussion and shows by home-grown band Seyra, Champion and another Singapore poet Marc Nair.

This is the second edition of the global music programme, which debuted here in 2012. Founded in London in 2011, it celebrates a city's music and urban design through music and architecture. The event has been held in cities such as Oslo and Tokyo.

Recalling how she stumbled upon the family connection while watching a Channel 5 news segment on the air-raid shelter on YouTube, Champion says: "I didn't recognise my step-aunt from the video because we hardly meet and I know her only by her nickname. My dad told me we were related."

 
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WHAT TO WATCH AT MUSICITY SINGAPORE 2014

Musicity Singapore 2014 will present 10 ticketed performances, including today's opening night hosted by presenting sponsor Keppel Land. The other shows pair a singer or band with a poet.

All the show venues, except for TBB Tiong Bahru Bar, do not usually host live performances.

Who: A panel discussion on the topic of sonic architecture, as well as performances by home-grown band Seyra and poets Marc Nair and Jennifer Champion.

Where: 1 Kim Tian Road

When: Today, 7.30 to 10pm

Admission: $40 (sales have ended)

Who: Marcel Lee Pereira and Marc Nair

Where: The French Bookshop, 55 Tiong Bahru Road

When: Tomorrow, 7.30 to 8.30pm

Admission: $20

Who: Seyra and Nabilah Husna

Where: The Fab Lab (73 Eng Watt Street at 8.45pm)

When: Tomorrow, 9 to 10pm

Admission: $25

Who: Monster Cat and Jennifer Champion

Where: Bincho, 78 Moh Guan Terrace

When: May 2, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Admission: $30

Who: The Sam Willows and Gideon + Allee

Where: Tiong Bahru Community Centre Music Room 2, 67A Eu Chin Street

When: May 2, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Admission: $20

Who: The Sam Willows and Nabilah Husna

Where: The French Bookshop, 55 Tiong Bahru Road

When: May 3, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Admission: $20

Who: Seyra and Gideon + Allee

Where: Tiong Bahru Community Centre Music Room 2, 67A Eu Chin Street

When: May 3, 9 to 10pm

Admission: $20

Who: Marcel Lee Pereira and Jennifer Champion

Where: Bincho, 78 Moh Guan Terrace

When: May 9, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Admission: $30

Who: Monster Cat and Marc Nair

Where: The Fab Lab (73 Eng Watt Street at 7.45pm)

When: May 9, 8 to 9pm

Admission: $25 (sales have ended)

Who: The Sam Willows, Gideon + Allee and Nabilah Husna

Where: TBB Tiong Bahru Bar, 3 Seng Poh Road

When: May 10, 7.30 to 10pm

Admission: $20

To book tickets, go to eventnook.com/event/musicitysingapore2014/home. For more information, go to sin.musicity.info.