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NADI Singapura

NADI Singapura

Sunday 27th November

Nadi Singapura, Singapore’s very own drum and percussion ensemble, believes in maximizing the fullest potential of the Art, the drums and themselves, while concurrently spreading the idea of exploration in these forgotten mediums. Come experience Nadi Singapura’s pulsating energy and vibrant dynamism in bridging heritage and innovation in this year’s Neon Lights!

Formed in November 2011, the Nadi Singapura ensemble is made up of young, aspiring and impartial musos who believe in uplifting their traditional drums and percussions like no other. Nadi, which means ‘pulse’ or ‘flow of consciousness’ in Malay, features the most common Malayan drums found in Singapore namely the kompang, rebana, jidur and gendang in their performances. The ensemble is led by two renowned individuals in the Singapore Malay Arts scene, Rebana artisan, Yaziz Hassan and prominent drummer/percussionist, Riduan Zalani. Both founders aim to position Nadi Singapura as a dynamic ensemble which adopts an innovative approach in the use of the Malay Archipelago drums.

Their maiden percussive production, Journey of The Pulse (2013), received admirable reviews from fellow professionals and patrons. The ensemble is deeply honoured by the turnout and the support from the community, leading it to a restage Journey of The Pulse: The Revival (2014). Nadi Singapura, while still early in its pursuit, also actively participates and leads in initiatives to promote the traditional arts, including inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural exchanges.

The aim of the formation of the Nadi Singapura ensemble is to spread the sounds of the Malayan Archipelago, with its unique and distinct presentation coming from the lion city. Such performances include ASEAN-Russia Festival of Cultures (2016), Lamphun International Drum & Culture Festival (2016), Andong International Mask Dance Festival & Competition 2015 (South Korea), Sharq Taronalari 2015 & 2013 (Uzbekistan), Incheon Asian Games 2014 (South Korea), Tainan International Drum Festival 2014 (Taiwan), Hefei Wanda 2013 (China), Dangkong Festival 2013 (Indonesia) and Pesta Gendang Nusantara 2012 (Malaysia) among others.

Nadi Singapura Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019.

Nadi Singapura, Singapore’s very own drum and percussion ensemble, believes in maximizing the fullest potential of the Art, the drums and themselves, while concurrently spreading the idea of exploration in these forgotten mediums. Come experience Nadi Singapura’s pulsating energy and vibrant dynamism in bridging heritage and innovation in this year’s Neon Lights!

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