The Great Singapore Replay Season Two: Temasek unveils 10 music acts to watch out for in 2020

Homegrown music talents will be creating new made-in-Singapore songs
to showcase their artistry while energising Singapore’s vibrant music scene

26,000 votes cast by members of the public for their favourite
inspiration source for these original song creations

10 emerging music acts. 10 new original made-in-Singapore songs inspired by mashups of times and tunes. Follow their music-making journey at TGSR website, Facebook or Instagram.

Singapore investment company, Temasek, today announced the ten emerging music acts that were picked from 231 submissions following a three-week nationwide open call for The Great Singapore Replay (TGSR) Season Two. Presented by Temasek, this season is supported by major music labels and Singapore’s music industry players.

The submissions spanned a number of genres, languages, styles and influences of music and were assessed by a panel comprising industry experts from Sony Music and Warrior Records, together with established artists—Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong, Kelly Pan, Sezairi, and Shabir. These 10 emerging acts stood out for their suitability to the unique offerings of TGSR in terms of growth potential, talent and musicality, depth of material, character, and personality.

“At Temasek, we are honoured, for the second time running, to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of young musical talents in search of an appreciative audience. Revelations of this year’s discovery have exceeded our expectation. I’m sure supporters of the local music scene and music lovers in our midst will be delighted with the tremendous crop of talents unveiled,” said Mr Robin Hu, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship Group at Temasek.

Guided by the five established artists, these homegrown music talents will hone their craft and showcase their artistry with the release of 10 original new songs. The selected talents will undergo a professional production experience, comprising song-writing workshops, song arrangement and recording. It will also include the marketing and creating of individual artists’ brand, and the launch of their songs on popular music streaming platforms.

The new made-in-Singapore songs will be inspired by mashups of distinct tunes from five iconic eras of Singapore’s history and five modern music genres. A total of 26,000 votes were cast by members of the public for their favourite inspiration source for these original song creations between 23 October and 10 November.

Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also TGSR community ambassador said, “Music connects individuals and binds us as a community. It is an intimate expression that brings joy not just in its creation but more importantly through its sharing. I’m excited by the vibrancy of the music scene in Singapore. TGSR offers Singaporeans the opportunity to enable and showcase our talent. It allows us to have a fresh look at our heritage, to appreciate it through a different lens of soundscapes and music.”

TGSR Season 2 will culminate in a Showcase Concert to be held at Gardens by the Bay on 18 January 2020. Catch these aspiring young talents as they take to the stage to unveil their original TGSR songs to Singapore.

The original songs will be distributed on music streaming platforms in January 2020. Five webisodes on the transformational journey of the emerging music acts will be released fortnightly starting 21 November 2019 on the TGSR website.

For more information, please refer to:

Annex A: Bios of 10 Emerging Music Acts
Annex B: Bios of Five Established Artists
Annex C: Pairings with Established Artists and Assigned Mashups
Annex D: Bios of the Music Producers
Annex E: TGSR Activities


About The Great Singapore Replay (TGSR)
Presented by Temasek, TGSR enables the discovery of Singapore’s rich musical heritage and supports a diversity of local music talents — making it a unique community building effort. The biennial programme nurtures and inspires emerging young music talents in Singapore by collaborating with established artists and the wider music industry in creating original Made-in-Singapore songs. Follow us at

About Temasek
Temasek is an investment company with a net portfolio value of S$313 billion as at 31 March 2019. Our Temasek Charter roles as an investor, institution and steward shape our investment stance, ethos and philosophy, to do well, do right and do good. We actively seek sustainable solutions to address present and future challenges, as we capture investment and other opportunities that help to bring about a better, smarter and more sustainable world. As a trusted steward, Temasek has gifted 19 philanthropic endowments that make possible outcome-focused programmes that enable individuals, families and communities to achieve sustainable improvements and progress in their lives. More at

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ANNEX A – Bios of 10 Emerging Music Acts


Malay-Sikh Singaporean artist ABANGSAPAU is a 20-year-old Hip-Hop/R&B artist currently residing in Yishun, Singapore.

In less than a year since his debut, ABANGSAPAU has amassed a large fanbase in the local hip-hop scene, performing at many shows. Once a wayward youth, ABANGSAPAU believes in the importance of vulnerability, delivering his music candidly but bolstered with swagger.

In his Instagram series 'A Conversation with the Mirror', ABANGSAPAU talked about ego, and questioned the rat race to fame in today's hip-hop scene. The video resonated with many people and garnered over 20,000 views on Instagram.

His latest Single, 'BUAT APE?', has over 15,000 streams across all platforms. In the music video, which fuses traditional Malay music with hip hop drums, ABANGSAPAU proudly embraced the sarung—something most people his age no longer wear.

‘Aura’, his first single, hit over 12,000 streams across all platforms. It was a fusion of lo-fi hip-hop and electropop, where he rapped about his failed quest for love. Bandwagon called it "one of the best-produced tunes to come out of Singapore in the past five years".

With ABANGSAPAU’s unpredictable music style and plenty up his sleeve, one thing is certain: he is here to stay.





aeriqah is a singer-songwriter who deeply resonates with the sounds of dodie, Daughter, Canyon City and Billie Eilish. She takes her most sacred and painful experiences, and turns them into music and lyrics, writing about mental health, heartbreak and letting go. She values honesty in her music and writing, for catharsis, helping others feel less alone during those sad nights (or days).



Fingerfunk is an electronic/R&B/hip-hop quartet who, amidst the abundance of heavily produced commercial music, pushes live performances to the forefront.

The band consists of FRZ (vocals), (rap), Leo Goh (guitar), and Andy Chong (pad). They blend track production techniques with live elements, choosing to create music as humanly as possible in their performances.

Fingerfunk may be relatively new in the Singapore music scene, however, each member has long cut their teeth in the music world, with several accomplishments under their belts.

Lead singer FRZ was part of Malay boyband Northbound, signed to a Malaysian label. He frequently performed in Singapore and Malaysia.

Guitarist Leo Goh went to school at Musicians Institute, after which he pursued a music career in LA. Leo opened for Macy Gray and Michael McDonald under his band Groove Martini and was also engaged as a brand ambassador for Gibson during The 2017 NAMM Show.

Andy Chong has played for numerous Singaporean musicians including Dru Chen and Izat Ibrahim. As part of Gentle Bones, he opened for Selena Gomez during the Singapore leg of her world tour. Andy is also part of MOTUS and Flame of the Forest, both of which regularly tour Asia.

Band leader is a veteran in Singapore’s hip-hop scene. He got his start at 17 when he finished 2nd in the 2007 987FM Rap Battle Championships. Hisham then founded Singapore's first rap battle league, acting as its president.

Boosted by their recent win of the Noise Music Mentorship Program, Fingerfunk is set to release a multitude of singles and music videos and perform numerous live shows to take over 2019 and beyond.



Marcus 李俊纬

Marcus 李俊纬 is a Singaporean bilingual singer-songwriter well versed in music performance, acting, and hosting. With his affable nature and charisma, the triple threat performer promises regional commercial appeal and star potential.

Other than being active in the music and events scene in Singapore, the multi-hyphenate is constantly involved in singing in variety shows overseas, emerging as the champion of the ‘Sing China! Singapore Selections’ in 2017 and also appearing in ‘Sound Of My Dream 2’ as one of the aspiring artists.

Marcus uploads his work on YouTube, which is recognised and featured frequently on Taiwanese media platforms such as VS Media Taiwan,台湾达人秀, and 快点TV.
Marcus will also be releasing his debut Mandarin single ‘这是我的表白’ in November 2019.


Marian Carmel

Marian Carmel is a Filipino singer-songwriter based in Singapore who takes influence from soulful R&B tunes reminiscent of Emily King and Lianne La Havas. Her lush vocals breathe life into the melancholic nature of her songs, which are often born out of catharsis.

In 2016, her first year pursuing music, Marian found herself as one of the mentees for Singapore's Noise Music Mentorship Programme. She joined competitions such as MTV Asia’s Project: Aloft Star where she was flown to Bangkok, Thailand to compete in the Top 5 Finals. She also joined Yamaha Asian Beat where she emerged as the 1st Runner Up in the Singapore division.

The 22-year-old’s first release was “Thursday”, a feature on a song co-written and performed with Singaporean rapper Axel Brizzy. On top of being dubbed the “Best Song to Sing Along to” at the Singapore Youth Music Awards, the R&B tune has garnered over 700,000 listens on Spotify, and debuted on eight Spotify-curated playlists all over Asia (New Music Friday Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong).

Marian’s debut solo single ‘Might Never Get Better’ will be released in the last quarter of 2019. The upbeat alternative-R&B track is a hushed cry against her encounter with panic disorder and its relapse. Despite its playful instrumentals, the song’s backbone is a set of dark lyrics, echoing the sensations that come with a painful recovery.


Drawing inspiration from nature, relationships and various affairs of the world, NAMIE colours her compositions in a delicate and cathartic manner. You'll hear musical influences from jazz, soul, folk, and electronica.

In 2018 she released “Notes”, a 4 track EP. Over the past year, she performed her original works in NAMIE & The Waves alongside four other musicians. Armed with curiosity, creativity, and her quirky charm, she strives to incorporate all her artistic interests into her work, finding balance in free improvisation and extended vocal techniques, among other interests.



RENE is a singer-songwriter from Singapore. Her debut single ‘Lonely’ was released in April 2018, and her follow-up single ‘Cheese on Toast’ was released in February 2019. She is releasing new music in November 2019 and expects to release her debut EP in 2020.

RENE’s music is greatly influenced by a mix of artists that she’s listened to while growing up and those she currently listens to, such as McFly, HAIM, and Paramore. Her songwriting reflects themes such as the vicissitudes of coming of age and personal relationships. She is a pop artist at heart, but enjoys crossing the boundaries of genres by drawing inspiration from all types of music and art.

RENE has performed for events like Esplanade’s All Things New (2019), Esplanade’s Red Dot August (2019), Festival for Good (2018), and in popular music venues like Timbre @ Substation. Most recently, she was featured in a live radio interview and performance on 987 FM’s Fresh Music Live. RENE has participated in music competitions, notably winning first place for The Great Singapore Replay Season 1’s Open Call in 2017. She was subsequently featured in a live interview on Channel News Asia’s First Look Asia segment in September 2017. She also performed as an opening act for ROYAL ESTATE's EP Launch in March 2019.

The Cold Cut Duo 雙節奏

The Cold Cut Duo 雙節奏, a singer-songwriter band from Singapore, consists of Wilson and Gwendolyn.

The duo released three singles this year: ‘Take Flight 起飞’,
‘I’ll Keep Loving You 我會愛著你’ and ‘#Addicted’. Their second single ‘I’ll Keep Loving You 我會愛著你’ hit the charts in Singapore and Taiwan KKBOX, coming in #26 among songs from internationally renowned artists. Their originals are also featured on several Spotify playlists in Singapore and Malaysia.

The Cold Cut Duo participated in TikTok’s Valentines’ Day Original Song Competition in 2019 and came in 1st place for “Best Original Song” with their song ‘美麗回憶 Beautiful Memories’. The Cold Cut Duo is also amongst TikTok’s Top 100 artists at position 52 with their song ‘Take Flight 起飞’, which has been used by more than 1,908 TikTok users across Asia.

They are also well known for their covers on YouTube, with mashups and medleys of electronic and dance music. Their work has been featured by various media companies including YES933, VS Media, and ET Today.

The Cold Cut Duo is currently preparing to release their first EP next year.



whirring is a duo that specialises in electronic music. Aqid Aiman uses the Ableton Push, and Michelle Jeon does the synths, while both handle the vocals. They use lush shimmering synths and layered vocals that tangle and intertwine to captivate their audiences. Their music digs deep in weaving personal narratives that explore anxieties and vulnerabilities that lie beneath the surface of the human psyche. Their inspirations include The xx, Oh Wonder, Chvrches, and Lorde.



Starting out timidly by posting covers and originals on Soundcloud, 22-year-old Zalelo now has chart-topping tracks like ‘Jagiya’ and ‘Won’t You Say’. 

Resonating most with pop and R&B, she is inspired by Tori Kelly, Kehlani, Ariana Grande and JoJo when it comes to vocals and songwriting. Apart from singing, Zalelo acts and is an active volunteer. She has been featured on Mediacorp Suria and Channel 5 in shows like ‘Runcit’ and ‘Tanglin’ and also a few commercials. She is an executive committee member of The Widaad Project, which provides local and overseas aid and teaching.

On top of all this, she is also studying Communications in Singapore University of Social Sciences. Singing is ultimately her passion, and it is her dream to use her voice to spread positivity and show the world that tiny but mighty Singapore truly does have strong musicians. She hopes to release an EP which features an English-Arabic fusion song soon, to pay homage to her Arab roots.


ANNEX B – Bios of Five Established Artists   


Charlie Lim
Singer, Songwriter


Charlie Lim is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Singapore.

Charlie’s debut record ‘TIME/SPACE’ made it to the number one spot on the Singapore iTunes charts. It was later awarded ‘Best Pop Album of the Year’ by The Straits Times. His recent album CHECK-HOOK released in 2018 also clinched Best Song of the Year by Apple Music for single Zero-Sum, garnering over 5 million streams to date.

He played a central role in writing and performing the theme song ‘We Are Singapore’ for the 2018 National Day Parade. He was also featured on Tatler Gen T Asia 2019 for playing a fundamental role in enriching Singapore’s music scene.

Charlie continues to produce music and contribute to the local scene and is growing to become one of Southeast Asia’s best voices in pop music.

Joanna Dong
Jazz vocalist, Actress, TV host



Joanna Dong is a jazz vocalist, musical theatre actress and TV host. Over the years, she has established herself as one of the most talented and sought-after jazz vocalists in Singapore, with a repertoire that spans a wide range of audiences. Joanna is bilingual and very passionate about sharing her love for jazz with Mandarin speaking audiences.
Joanna became the pride of Singapore after a stellar performance at ‘Sing! China’, coming in as a second runner-up under Jay Chou’s team in the popular Chinese singing competition. After her hugely successful two-day '我是真的' (So Here I Am) concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall, she followed up with '我是真的' (So Here I Am) EP digital release and Asia tour across seven different cities.

Joanna has also performed at other notable events such as Jeremy Monteiro’s Jazzy Christmas Concert, Jay Chou’s ‘The Invincible 2’ Concert World Tour, the 2018 National Day Parade, and the 2018 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.  


Kelly Pan
Singer, Songwriter


Kelly became a household name after being crowned a winner in the female category at the inaugural ‘Project Superstar Competition’, beating over 10,000 applicants.

Kelly’s career has skyrocketed since then, releasing five albums throughout Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. At the 19th Singapore Hit Awards, she won the ‘Regional Outstanding Artiste Award’. She was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Regional Artiste and Vocalist Award’ at the 14th Global Chinese Music Awards, before being selected to be the official ambassador for the Global Chinese Music Awards 2015.

In 2017 she collaborated with Warner Denmark’s Christopher on the song ‘Heartbeat 心跳’, which raked in half a million views in less than one week of its release.

Pop and R&B Artist

Sezairi is a pop singer whose meteoric rise has left the nation in awe. Sezairi started singing at the tender age of five and hasn’t stopped since. He formed a band at the age of 14 and learned the guitar to complement his vocals.

It was 2009 when Sezairi got his big break, after winning the Singapore Idol series. Since then, he has released hits and chart toppers that remind people of his adeptness in his craft. His recent EP ‘Sezairi EP’ was completely written by him and co-produced by elite Indonesian producer Ari Renaldi.

Sezairi creates unique songs that are regularly well received by the public and continues to hone his craft, always looking for ways to make captivating music.

His achievements included:

  • Number one spot on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart within a week of the release of his song ‘Fire to the Floor’. The song retained the spot for two weeks after.
  • Number two spot on Spotify Singapore’s Viral 50 Chart within a week of his single release ‘70s’. This song even made its way to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. The single was also a hit on Indonesia’s iTunes and Spotify Viral 50 Chart, while garnering over 400,000 listeners on Spotify.
  • Number one on Spotify Singapore and Malaysia Viral 50 Chart within a week of the release of his ballad ‘It’s You’, while it reached number three on Indonesia’s iTunes. Two million online listeners tuned in to listen to the song, which has since received a gold certification. The song’s music video appeared on the third spot in Apple Music’s ‘Best of 2018: Editors’ Picks’ Global Playlist, where it was recognised as one of the year’s most identifiable and noteworthy songs.

Music Artist, Film Composer

Shabir started song writing and song composition when he was 12 years old. Starting out as a self-taught keyboardist, he went on to learn Hindustani classical music under the tutelage of violinist Sri Veereshwar Madhri and guitar from Steve Vatz.

He is a multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, music composer and performer. He is the winner of the inaugural singing competition Vasantham Star 2005. He was awarded the Singapore Youth Award, the highest national honour given to young achievers by the Singapore government in 2017. He was the first artist of Tamil and Indian descent to win the award.

Shabir remains one of the leading recording artists in Singapore with a strong fan following in the region, having released three albums to date 'Alaipayuthey', 'TraffiQ' and 'Swasam-Scents of Prose'.

Shabir's music is known to be an eclectic concoction of various genres and influences that includes pop, alternative rock, hip-hop and world music. Shabir's lyrical style consists of wordplay, metaphor and he often experiments with cadence. His voice culture is characterised by his distinct style that owes itself to his early influences such as Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Wyclef Jean and Bob Dylan.

Shabir achieved mainstream success in India as a composer, songwriter and singer in the highly competitive Indian film music industry in 2019 with back-to-back releases, with his songs crossing 70-million collective views on YouTube. To date, he has been signed to eight films as a composer, songwriter and singer, making him the first music artist from Singapore to achieve this feat.

ANNEX C – Pairings with Established Artists and Assigned Mashups


Established Artists

Emerging Artists

Assigned Mashups


Charlie Lim

Marian Carmel

1819 x Indie



1300s x Indie


Joanna Dong


1300s x Jazz



1900s - 1945 x Jazz


Kelly Pan

Marcus 李俊


1300s x Pop


The Cold Cut Duo



1965 – Present x Pop




1819 x Urban



1300s x Urban




1400 –1700 x Electronic



1300s x Electronic



ANNEX D: Bios of the Music Producers

Along with Singapore’s finest artists, the aspiring young talents will be working with top producers to create their songs. These producers, who are well versed in a variety of genres, will help in creating the one-of-a-kind soundtracks inspired by the mashups the public voted for.

Rishanda Singgih

Rishanda Wicaksono Singgih is a critically acclaimed producer and music director, currently directing and playing for Afgan (4.1 million Instagram followers and more than 50 million streams) and Marcell (more than 31 million streams).

His production style focuses on the emotional visualisation of the song and its impact on the listener is undeniable as seen in his works for The Voice Indonesia (Favourite Talent & Reality Show, 2016 Panasonic Gobel Awards) and Raisa’s (2014 World’s Best Female Artist, World Music Awards) performance at the Java Jazz Festival 2013.

If you think you have seen him playing on stage, you’re not wrong, because he’s also a bassist who plays for Drew and Magenta Orchestra, just to mention a few.

Rishanda is also well known as an influential pioneer who celebrates individuality amongst Indonesian musicians.


Evan Low

Evan is a Berklee Achievement Scholarship Recipient and a MDA Media Education Scheme Scholar.

Throughout his career, his versatility has been him take on multiple leading roles in every aspect of the music industry. From engineering for David Foster and Nathan East, to composing for brands such as Adidas and Lego.

You might find his signature touch familiar as his recent works involves him co-arranging and co-producing for both 2018 and 2019 National Day Parade Theme Songs and Parade Music under the direction of Dr Sydney Tan.

He has produced and performed alongside artists such as iNCH, Linying and The Sam Willows with songs totaling to more than 10 million streams.

He has also cross-collaborated with other creatives in the industry, creating multidisciplinary works in collaboration with the likes of artists Sam Lo (SKLO) and urban dance crew O School.


Claire Chew

Managing Zendyll’s Music Department, Claire has co-produced The Sam Willow’s only Mandarin song ‘无言’ (Say So) featuring Joanna Dong, and have performed and music directed with RRILEY.

You would most probably have seen some of the advertisements and jingles that she have worked on as she has composed and designed sounds for brands such as Golden Village Cinemas, Facebook and Ebay SG.

Apart from this, she is also the co-founder, producer and songwriter of the Mandarin Award-Winning Band, NEKO Highway-貓速公路. Her band seized the Best Newcomer (Bronze) award for the Global Chinese Charts 2019 held in Beijing and she got to perform on the same stage as prominent Mandopop Artists –Karen Mok (more than 40 million streams), Tanya Chua (more than 20 million streams) and Cyndi Wang (more than 14 million streams).


Luke Nicholas Foo

Since 2012, Luke has taken on multiple roles in the music industry. Though specialising in recording, mixing and mastering, he also has sessioned and produced for several studio projects. Some of the notable local music acts include, Linying (COMPASS Awards Top English Pop Song 2019), THELIONCITYBOY (more than 3 million streams, Spotify, NDP Theme Song 2018), Benjamin Kheng (The Sam Willows) and Aisyah Aziz (Anugerah Planet Muzik Winner).

Luke not only has experience in the studio environment, but in the field of live productions as well. Luke has done backline for major productions such as One Direction, Michael Bolton, Lily Allen and Explosions in the Sky.

Luke’s expertise in sound has also taken him overseas, where he oversaw the live production of local hip-hop duo, CampFire, at major music festivals and conferences such as Zandari Festa in Seoul and Archipelago Festival in Jakarta.

Jason Gelchen

Jason is one of the most sought-after music producers in Singapore. From working with top local acts, such as Linying, Narelle Kheng and Gentle Bones, and dropping chart-topping tracks like Jasmine Sokko’s ‘F5’ and ‘HURT’, each garnering more than two million streams, he has swiftly carved his place in the local music industry.

Besides working with top local acts, Jason is passionate in helping the younger generation of music talents. He has mentored up-and-coming artists like YAØ (currently more than 600,000 streams) and Axel Brizzy (currently more than one million streams), who have gone on to chart their own path in the local music scene. You may have also heard Jason’s production in advertisements for international brands like PUMA and LAZADA.


ANNEX E: TGSR Activities

Past: Open Call (27 September to 20 October 2019)

For TGSR Season Two, 231 submissions were received from a broad spectrum of talents from Singapore’s musical landscape following a nationwide Open Call over a three-week period from 27 September to 20 October 2019.

Past: Shape the Inspiration for Our TGSR Artists (23 October to 10 November 2019)

Ten of the most popular mashups voted by the established artists and public will be used as inspiration source for the aspiring talents in their song creation process before these are unveiled at the Showcase Concert on 18 January 2020 at Gardens by the Bay.

Past: Reveal of Music Talents and Results of Mashups (14 November 2019)

The 10 selected music acts, pairing with established artists and final results of the mashups were announced in a press event on 14 November 2019. The event was graced by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and community ambassador for Season Two of TGSR.

Upcoming: TGSR Webisodes (21 November 2019 to January 2020)

Supported by Sony Music, the five established artists and music partners like Warrior Records and Zendyll Productions, the selected music talents will undergo a collaborative music production process. The progress of the music talents’ journey will be documented through five webisodes released on TGSR website and YouTube channel starting 21 November 2019 through 24 January 2020.

Upcoming: Pop-Up Performances (Five weekends from 23 November 2019)

From 23 November 2019, Pop-up Performances will be held across Singapore at malls and community spaces to provide the music talents additional avenues to showcase their works to the public, and to prepare them for the Showcase Concert.

• Bedok Mall, 23 November, 5-7pm
• Plaza Singapura, 30 November, 5-7pm
• Westgate, 7 December, 3-5pm
• Our Tampines Hub, 15 December, 5-7pm
• Scape Bandstand, 21 December, 5-7pm

Upcoming: Showcase Concert (18 January 2020)

The Showcase Concert will be held at Gardens by the Bay on 18 January 2020. More details to follow at

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