Keeping Singapore’s Chinese heritage alive through its music

Aired On: January 2023

In 2016, Samuel Wong, a pipa player and the co-founder of The TENG Company, a non-profit arts group, went in search of Mr. Yeo How Jiang. Mr. Yeo started the first Chinese Orchestra in Singapore in the 1950s. Through him, Samuel and his co-founder Ji Wei discovered a community of musicians hidden away in Singapore’s dialect associations. This led to the beginning of the Forefathers Project – which attempts to shed a light on the music of Singapore’s early Chinese migrants.

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