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Dignity, passion in Ramli Sarip's take on the national anthem

The veteran singer-songwriter's rendition of Majulah Singapura for this year's National Day Parade made this writer emotional

Singapore artist Ramli Sarip at a National Day Parade rehearsal in July.
Singapore artist Ramli Sarip at a National Day Parade rehearsal in July.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

As someone who has keenly followed veteran singer-songwriter Ramli Sarip's long and illustrious career, hearing his singular rendition of Majulah Singapura for this year's National Day Parade made me emotional.

Since he made his debut in the late 1960s, the 66-year-old singer has gone through a considerable evolution - from hard-rock pioneer who commanded arena-sized audiences in his early decades to the soulful folk troubadour he is today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2019, with the headline 'Dignity, passion in Ramli Sarip's take on the national anthem'. Subscribe