Experimental band The Observatory, filmmaker Eric Lee, and music groups from the migrant-worker community were starting to collaborate on SOURCE × Audible Lands, a film and-music performance, when circuit-breaker measures kicked in. From 25 May, these budding encounters will be presented through 5 teaser videos, released fortnightly.
Containing a range of folk to pop to devotional music, deeply influenced by South and Southeast Asian traditions, these humane documentations provide a glimpse into Singapore’s diverse and discrete musical landscape.
First arriving from Bangladesh in 1999, AV technician Malay Ghosh likens his love of music to food, needed to survive. The multi-instrumentalist has won multiple music competitions, and also teaches singing to local students. With his band Probasi Sur (meaning “Migrants’ Tune”), Malay performs Bengali pop and folk songs at migrant and cultural events.
After a long quarantine, in which he sang via livestream, the dorm resident has recently resumed work. As Malay says in this fifth and final SOURCE × Audible Lands vodcast, “music is inside me always”.