NDP 2021 theme song The Road Ahead tells of adversity and overcoming the odds

The music video was directed by film-maker Huang Junxiang and animation film-maker Jerrold Chong.
The music video was directed by film-maker Huang Junxiang and animation film-maker Jerrold Chong.PHOTO: NDP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The song will be performed on National Day by singer-songwriters Linying, Sezairi Sezali, Shye-Anne Brown and Shabir Tabare Alam.
The song will be performed on National Day by singer-songwriters Linying, Sezairi Sezali, Shye-Anne Brown and Shabir Tabare Alam.PHOTO: NDP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The music video blends live scenes with animations, a first for NDP music videos.
The music video blends live scenes with animations, a first for NDP music videos.PHOTO: NDP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SINGAPORE - This year's National Day Parade (NDP) theme song The Road Ahead was released on Friday (July 2), along with the parade's logo and theme, "Together, Our Singapore Spirit".

The Road Ahead was written and composed by singer-songwriter Linying and music producer Evan Low.

It will be performed on National Day by Linying, 27, and singer-songwriters Sezairi Sezali, 34, Shye-Anne Brown, 18, and Shabir Tabare Alam, 36.

For Linying and Brown, it will be their first NDP involvement, while Sezairi will be making his second NDP appearance, and Shabir his fourth.

In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times’ News Night on Friday night, Linying said: “I really wanted to write something that conveyed to people that we really only have each other to rely on at this juncture as a country.

“I think there’s a lot that other NDP songs have said that I can’t say better. But with this current backdrop, I think that’s the main message that I want people to take away from the song.”

Asked how she felt being part of the NDP for the first time, especially amid the pandemic, she said: “It’s so daunting... At a time when emotions are high and we’re going through a lot of change, there’s quite a bit of pressure in writing something that feels representative to everyone. Because with a song like that, you want to be able to speak fairly and honestly for the population. 

“I think that’s quite a challenging thing to do, but I was really happy to take it and I’m glad with how the song turned out.”

The Road Ahead tells of the adversity Singapore has faced throughout its history, and about how the nation has overcome the odds, said the NDP executive committee in a statement on Friday.

An accompanying music video was directed by film-maker Huang Junxiang, 33, and animation film-maker Jerrold Chong, 30.

It blends live scenes with animations in a first for NDP music videos, and features the four theme song singers taking viewers through a journey that recalls Singapore's growth and reflects on the nation's shared values.

As for the parade theme, "Together, Our Singapore Spirit", the organisers said that it builds on last year's NDP theme, which was "Together, A Stronger Singapore".

"Together" is a reminder of Singaporeans' shared identity and "how we have come together as one united people", while "Our Singapore Spirit" encourages Singaporeans to draw strength from a can-do spirit amid potential disruptions in the coming decade, said the organisers.

This year's NDP logo features a lion motif, and the number 56 to mark Singapore's 56th year of independence.

The organisers said the lion head logo represents "our nation's strength of will and unity".

The five bold strokes of the logo reflect the ideals represented by the five stars of Singapore's national flag: democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

The logo was conceptualised by Nanyang Polytechnic student Tan Yun Xin.