Getai goes from 'auntie' to awesome

Getai goes from 'auntie' to awesome
Images from photographer Bob Lee's book, On Stage Off Stage, including one of late entertainer Ah Nan (above).

SINGAPORE - Getai was once considered the uncouth, bawdy entertainment of the heartland.

But these days, it is taking on a sheen of hipster credibility.

Photographers - both professionals and Instagrammers - are flocking to getai shows to capture the vibrancy of what seen as a spectacle reserved for aunties and uncles a few years ago.

One professional photographer even launched a book on the subject on Friday night.

Mr Bob Lee's book, On Stage Off Stage, sold 100 copies on the night itself.

It's something the 37-year-old says is gratifying.

He still remembers clearly his first getai experience - in 2005 - where a pock-marked getai superstar caused near-pandemonium.

More than 10,000 fans turned up at the Kreta Ayer People's Theatre for the getai roadshow of the king of Hokkien pop, Chen Jinlang. He was then a photojournalist with Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.

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