Coronavirus: Singapore sings beloved national tune Home to thank front-line, migrant workers

This is Home, yes it is - S'pore sings beloved national tune together in sign of solidarity

A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
Residents cheering and shining lights from their balconies at The Peak @ Toa Payoh yesterday. ST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
A resident at SkyVille at Dawson shining a light and cheering from his balcony yesterday. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
Residents at The Santorini in Tampines joining in the nationwide movement to thank front-line and migrant workers yesterday. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
Residents living in Jalan Sultan holding up their phones with the flashlights turned on and singing Home together. ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY
A car parked along Tampines Street 86 for its occupants to join in the islandwide singalong yesterday evening. Residents from Tampines GreenForest singing along to Home and flashing lights from their cellphones at 7.55pm yesterday. A resident at SkyV
Residents cheering and shining lights from their balconies at The Peak @ Toa Payoh yesterday. ST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG

Thousands of people joined an islandwide singalong to belt out the well-loved tune Home last night in an effort to thank front-line and migrant workers.

Singing residents waved torchlights at their windows and balconies, and cheering and applause could be heard during the rousing performance that was broadcast on various platforms, including SPH Radio, Mediacorp TV channels and social media, at 7.55pm.

The song was performed by its composer Dick Lee, singers Rahimah Rahim, Shabir and Taufik Batisah, a 900-strong choir from non-profit arts group Voices of Singapore, as well as other artists.

Psychotherapist Amanda Ang, 32, who lives in an executive maisonette in Yew Tee, said hearing so many in her estate sing along was unexpectedly emotional.

She said: "I could hear many of my neighbours singing and my parents and siblings sang along too. It was really a boost for morale."

The initiative was led by the media industry, including Mediacorp, So Drama! Entertainment, SPH Radio, mm2 Entertainment, AsiaOne, the Association of Independent Producers, as well as Mediacorp Partner Network companies comprising 99.co, Popcorn, theAsianparent, The Walt Disney Company (South-east Asia) and Vice Media.

Gov.sg and Nexus Mindef also backed the event.

SPH Radio general manager Sim Hong Huat said: "SPH Radio is proud to be part of this movement as we want to show our solidarity with fellow Singaporeans and our appreciation to our brave front-liners. We will get through this as one."

Ms Soffy Hariyanti, director at the campaigns and productions department of the Ministry of Communications and Information's public communications division, added: "This is a good initiative by our local media industry to give encouragement to those in the front lines (and to) show support for our migrant workers... and everyone in Singapore who are doing their part by staying home and observing safe distancing measures."

 
 
 
 

Members of the public were also invited to film their singing during the singalong and upload the videos to social media pages with the hashtags #singtogetherSG, #SingaporeTogether and #stayhomeforSG.

Selected submissions were then featured in a second Home music video that played on meWatch and across most Mediacorp free-to-air TV channels at 10.30pm yesterday.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 26, 2020, with the headline 'Together, with feeling'. Print Edition | Subscribe