Published on 15 August 2017

Our young music talents are hard at work with their assigned reimagined Singapore classic hits.


What has been going on with Pop-up Noise: The Great Singapore Replay (TGSR) since it kicked off in June?

Well, over 16,000 votes came pouring in between 1 – 23 June 2017 to choose the top ten local songs to be remade by ten pairs of emerging and established local musicians. Here’s how the allocation of songs went down:

Joie Tan x Sara Wee: Circling Square (1994) by Humpback Oak

Debbi Koh x iNCH: Come Home to Me (1965) by Shirley Nair & The Silver Strings

Jasmine Sokko x Amanda Ling: Driven (1997) by Concave Scream

Shak’thiya x Charlie Lim: Girl from Katong (2005) by Serenaide

Spacedays x Eddino: Jane (1994) by Kick!

Umar Sirhan x Dru Chen: Roses (1985) by Gingerbread

.gif x Vandetta: Shanty (1964) by The Quests

The Betts x Joshua Tan: Siti (2002) by Force Vomit

Jawn x M1LDL1FE: The Mad Chinaman (1989) by Dick Lee

Theodora x Ginny Bloop: You’re the Boy (1965) by Shirley Nair & The Silver Strings

There was also an Open Call to the general public for aspiring musicians to upload YouTube videos of themselves covering local classic hits between the 1960s and 2000s (submissions have since closed). Look out for the winner, who will have the opportunity to perform at the TGSR Showcase in September.

Meanwhile, weekly TGSR webisodes are being released on the Noise Singapore YouTube Channel to catch the behind-the-scenes progress of the ten artist collaborations.

At the recent media preview, a few of the participating musicians shared how these collaborative experiences have been especially meaningful to them.

“I’m learning that music is universal and timeless. I’m singing ‘Roses’ by Gingerbread, which is so relatable even in this day and age and it’s a great experience to help make this song come alive again,” says 19-year-old Umar Sirhan, an up-and-coming artist known for his expressive vocals and guitar playing.

“It’s been an honour to be given the freedom to reimagine such iconic music. I get a great thrill to be producing and collaborating on something so forward-looking,” says Sirhan’s mentor, indie-soul singer-songwriter Dru Chen.

All this cumulates to The Great Singapore Replay Showcase Concert happening on Saturday, 9 September 2017 at Clarke Quay Central – it’s not to be missed!

Grab your tickets here

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