This paper illustrates how popular music written, produced, and performed by Singaporeans provides a means through which the culture and society of Singapore may be understood. Music with English language text conveys a sense of place and reflects a distinctively Singaporean spirit and identity. The paper examines four themes: the portrayal of Singapore's multiracial population which reflects a unique cultural synthesis; the Singaporeans' concept of urbanity, manifested as the simultaneous attraction and repulsion towards the city and the desire for nature and the rustic; the distinctive social engineering in Singapore; and the way in which global issues are imported into local agendas, as reflected in "green" concerns in Singapore-produced songs.
Singapore, national identity, music, culture, popular music
Asian Studies | Music | Sociology of Culture
Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
KONG, Lily.(1996). Popular music and a sense of place in Singapore. Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 9(2), 51-77.
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