Without missing a beat, a girl delivered a perfect rendition of Majulah Singapura yesterday.
It would have been no big deal except that she is a Canadian who does not speak a word of Malay.
Capri Everitt, 11, has flown here - just to belt out the National Anthem.
"I like the meaning of the chorus, onward Singapore, because it's true that countries should be improving," she said at Roundbox, a Singapore Children's Society centre in Toa Payoh, where 30 students from eight local schools sang with her.
Capri is travelling with her parents, Mr Tom Everitt, 48, and his wife, Kerrie, 41, both realtors, and her brother, Bowen, nine, to 80 countries in nine months to raise funds for SOS Children's Villages International, a global charity that builds schools and homes in countries such as India.
Capri plans to sing the national anthem of each of the 80 countries with local children, in a total of 41 languages. Videos of her singing are loaded onto a website with a link for people to donate to the charity.
So far, the Everitts have raised US$100,000 (S$135,000), with Capri and Bowen recognised as the charity's youngest ambassadors.
The idea for the trip was sparked after Capri read a book about children in less developed countries and wanted to help them.
"Capri loves to sing, and we knew she could do good with that talent," said Mr Everitt. She performed last year at Carnegie Hall in New York as a winner in the American Protege International Music Competition.
The family began their self-funded global tour last November. Singapore is the 35th country on the list, with previous stops including Peru, China and Cambodia.
Capri learnt the 80 anthems with help from Vancouver's international community and consulates. She spends two hours a day practising.
The family's journey ends in August, with her performing the US national anthem at a Major League Baseball game in Washington.