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Xinyao veteran Dawn Gan relives glory days on stage

Xinyao singer Dawn Gan's voice may be lower now but she is still a bright and bubbly performer

Published on Jul 8, 2014 1:35 PM

I am Liming. I bring sunshine and I bring hope," the woman with waist-long tresses, a white dress and pink heels told the crowd squeezed into the usually sedate Bras Basah Complex on Sunday.

Yes, her name means dawn in Chinese and Dawn Gan, better known as Yan Liming, used to sing sunny songs about love, friendship and school.

She may be 51 this year, but the mother of three children aged 18 to 22 was as bubbly as the 20something singer of Youth 123 - the Let It Go of its time for kids fed on a diet of Channel 8 dramas in the 1980s. It was the theme song for The Happy Trio (1986) starring Chen Bifeng, Hu Shuxian and Yang Libing.

Gan was performing at a concert held for The Songs We Sang, a documentary on xinyao by former journalist Eva Tang. Organisers had gathered leading lights of the made-in-Singapore song movement, such as Liang Wern Fook, Eric Moo and Roy Loi, to recreate the excitement of meet-the-fan sessions at the former student hangout.

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