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Gemadah – Traditional Malay Music Festival

Gemadah_Traditional Malay Music Festival

Traditional Malay Music Consortium x Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Full day festival with workshops, talks, masterclass, performances at various venues in Esplanade

Anak muda pergi kembara,
Mencari ilham, muhasabah diri,
Irama Melayu warisan budaya,
Tak ‘kan terputus, kekal abadi

… let our music live on in the hearts of the people for an eternity.

Join us at GEMADAH – Traditional Malay Music Festival as we celebrate the richness of traditional Malay music and culture in this day-long series of activities and performances. Come witness artistry that is steeped in history, with musicians and performers who will bring you a special presentation that encapsulates the musical legacy of the Malay Archipelago.

Try your hand at traditional Malay instruments such as the hadrah, rebana and seruling as you learn about their influence on the rhythm and melody that make the distinctive traditional Malay sound in specially curated masterclasses and beginner workshops. Retrace the development and progress of urban folk Malay music at the turn of the millennium with Syafiqah ‘Adha in a series of talks at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the symbiosis and development of Malay folk dance with Cultural Medallion winner Som Said and Dzul Rabull Jalil. Sample music from across the region at the Concourse with wayang kulit performances by Sri Setia Pulau Singa and a showcase of the hadrah by Firqatul Wannazam. As you explore the centre, bathe in the sights and sounds of Malay folk music with street musicians performing renditions of classic tunes of a bygone era.

RENTAS is a collaborative residency programme between mentor Zulkifli Mohamed Amin (recipient of 2018 Young Artist Award) and resident artists Danial Ariffin Azman and Muhammad Hardi Aris. Together they will present new compositions inspired by the rhythms and melodies of traditional Malay music that embody the spirit and values of Malay culture, while refining and redefining the boundaries that previously curb traditional music.

The day of festivities concludes with Gala Gemadah, a scintillating showcase of the many genres of traditional Malay music. A traditional combined orchestra will helm the stage, with musicians from AltoAura, D’Classique, Gendang Akustika, Nobat Kota Singa, Orkes Mutiara, Orkestra Sri Temasek, Sinar Fusika and Sri Mahligai. Together with conductor Syafiqah ‘Adha, music arrangers Megat Firdaus and Lenny Karmila will reimagine familiar classics from genres such as inang, ghazal and dondang sayang, promising an unforgettable night of traditional Malay music.

Credits: Esplanade Co Ltd 

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March 28 2020


Date: March 28
Time: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Event Categories: Festival, Performing Arts, Slider Events, Workshop
Event Tags:Dzul Rabull, esplanade, Firqatul Wannazam, free, malay, music, performance, Singapore, Som Said, Traditional, Wayang Kulit
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Concourse, Esplanade

1 Esplanade Drive 038981 Singapore

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  • 10am: The Journey of Urban Folk Malay Music
  • 11am: Muzik Jiwa Seni Tari - Music is the Soul of Dance
  • 1 pm: Hadrah Workshop for Beginners
  • 2.30pm: Wayang Kulit
  • 3pm: Rentas
  • 3pm: POP-UP RADIO
  • 3pm: Rebana Workshop for Beginners
  • 4pm: Wayang Kulit
  • 5pm: POP-UP RADIO
  • 5pm: Seruling Masterclass
  • 6.30pm: Hadrah
  • 7.30pm: Hadrah
  • 8pm: Rentas
  • 9.15pm: Gala Gemadah



Gemadah – Traditional Malay Music Festival

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