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.
Encouraged by an old master, Billal Hossain nurtured his boyhood love of music in his native Bangladesh. When Billal came to Singapore, his luggage contained flutes.
After work, the QC Inspector would meet up with his fellow dormitory residents around Pandan Reservoir to jam on baul (devotional folk) and popular Bengali songs. Billal may have returned temporarily to Bangladesh, but his group’s music can still be heard in local film A Land Imagined.