Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1996

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Singapore, national identity, music, culture, popular music

Discipline

Asian Studies | Music | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Volume

9

Issue

2

First Page

51

Last Page

77

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/40860534

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