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Beverly's Weekly Music Playlist: Pioneers of Singapore

Happy National Day, Singapore!!!

To honour our independence, I wanted to feature a playlist that not only honours our pioneers but also showcases how uniquely talented we Singaporeans can be. With this list, you can see that musical talent DOES run in our blood.

That's why, I've chosen to feature five songs you probably have not heard from five of our very own home grown talents you also may not know from way back when, unless you're around my age with parents from the same era, who shaped our scene with daring musical styles, undeterred talent and authentic sounds. If you do know who they are or the song they're playing, pat yourself on the back for having an excellent and diverse taste in music.

Here's a quick list of what's in store for you this week!

Monday: Culture Vulture

Known for their unique style of combining musical instruments and music stylings from all 4 major races in Singapore and churning out relevant pop songs of their time, Culture Vulture was a huge influence in my ability to appreciate world music. Yes, they were very much a pop band but they also incorporated such an alternative/world feel into their music because of their multicultural line-up and respect of their respective cultures. Couple that with the fact that their music was very relevant to the songs of their time is exactly what makes me adore Culture Vulture so much.

I absolutely recommend you listen to the entire album "Lover in Motion" to truly experience the vast spectrum of this band's talent but I'll be featuring one of the songs off that album that encompasses all I've mentioned so far, just so that you, my lovely readers and listeners, can have a little taste of what I'm talking about.

Tuesday: Heritage

Now here's a band I have the utmost respect for. Once again, I have to bring up the word relevance. They were relevant then and they're relevant now. Just as much as Led Zeppelin or Bob Dylan. Heritage is such an iconic band through and through and a fine example of Singapore's love for rock. Although some original members have been replaced over the years (front man Atwell Jansen has left us for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the sky) their fans still stand strong in their support and have followed the band throughout their prolific career.

Find out more about them and their music on Tuesday when I share their original song. If you'd like to know which one I've chosen, follow my blog!

Wednesday: The Quests

Growing up with parents like mine, I was brought up on an extremely varied musical diet spanning decades and genres. Mum was an avid listener and loved music so much she married a music man (my dad was a musician).

One of the bands my mum was always so proud to show off was The Quests. She made sure she drummed it in my head that they were Singaporean but still managed to sound international. Of course, I've always lived by the cliché that music is a universal language and that's where mum was right about The Quests because it's a language that they speak very well.

This Wednesday, join me as I take you on a short break in the midst of your midweek madness when I share my chosen song from them.

Thursday: The Thunderbirds

Being the heartthrobs of their era, with their stunning pop sounds and dreamy vocals, you'll want to come along with me down memory lane with The Thunderbirds.

I remember the first time Mum took me to Carriage Bar at York Hotel to see The Thunderbirds. I felt very grown up dancing with her to the kind of music and atmosphere that I only got to see in the movies we would watch together. Oh, the memories and the feels...

Well, I'm going to let you in on those memories when I share the song I've chosen, with all you lovely readers on Thursday!

Friday: Sakura Teng

Closing up the week's playlist, I'm going to be featuring the only female artiste on my list, Sakura Teng!

Unlike other female solo artistes of her time, Sakura maximized her versatility by recording not only in English and Mandarin but also in Malay and Indonesian! Sakura's infectious energy is sure to brighten up your day and get you in the mood to celebrate the weekend!

So make sure you tune in on Friday to find out what song I've chosen to give you that extra energy boost!

- All images used and their copyrights belong to their respective owners. All images in this article were used for the sole purpose of reference to their respective bands/artistes.

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