JJ Lin, Stefanie Sun join other Singapore stars for Sing50

JJ Lin, Stefanie Sun join other Singapore stars for Sing50

Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin, two of Singapore's most successful Mandarin pop exports, will join a dazzling array of stars at the Sing50 concert at the National Stadium on Aug 7.

Other stars at the show to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday include Asian diva Tracy Huang, local veterans Rahimah Rahim, X'ho and Art Fazil; and indie stars The Oddfellows, Ling Kai and Reuby.

Yesterday's announcement also said the more than 70 local artists will be joined by two international performers - Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who will lead a segment involving 50 pianos, and Apl.de.ap from American pop band The Black Eyed Peas, who will join a group of 50 rappers in their act.

Tickets, at $20 each, go on sale tomorrow.

Sun, 36, who said she is "very excited" to be part of the show, told The Sunday Times: "It is a historic moment for Singaporean musicians to gather and put forth our best hits and track our progress through the decades."

She will collaborate with Golden Horse-winning Singapore composer Ricky Ho on a special rearrangement of her best-known hits.

Rahimah, 59, said the concert will be "one of the biggest shows I have ever sung in". She added: "I am looking forward to singing at the new National Stadium for the first time."

Taiwan-born Huang, 63, a Singapore citizen with two sold-out solo concerts in Taipei in May, said she was honoured to be part of Sing50. "The concert is a very meaningful one and I am sure it will be a very emotional and memorable evening for all as we remember the good times through music from present to the past," she said.

Sing50, which will kick off festivities during the four-day Jubilee Weekend including National Day, is organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times to mark Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.

The show is a celebration of 50 years of songs and music composed, performed or made popular by Singapore performers, and will include different languages and genres from pop to jazz and rap.

It will bring together several of the biggest names in the local music scene, including Cultural Medallion recipients Dick Lee and Jeremy Monteiro.

Malay rock legend Ramli Sarip, 1960s star Vernon Cornelius and Singapore Idol winner Sezairi Sezali are also on the playlist.

Lang Lang's performance, one of the highlights of the show, will feature 50 pianists aged seven to 52 playing on 50 Steinway grand pianos, accompanied by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.

They will perform Concerto In Three Movements, an original composition by Cultural Medallion recipient Kelly Tang commissioned for Sing50, and a rendition of the traditional folk song Geylang Si Paku Geylang.

Lang Lang, 32, who will also collaborate with Lin on the latter's hit song Clash Of The Souls, told The Sunday Times: "It is very exciting for me musically, to be performing together with 50 talented Singaporean pianists.

"And JJ Lin is a good friend of mine and we have a great synergy combining both elements of Mandopop and classical."

In a hip-hop segment, Apl.de.ap will perform with Singapore artists Najip Ali, Sheikh Haikel, Shigga Shay, The Lion City Boy and several other rappers.

Lee, Rahimah, jazz singer Rani Singam, and upcoming singers Amni Musfirah and Ariadna Padron and the choir will close the show with five of Singapore's best loved songs which will be revealed later.

The songs for the finale will be arranged by music director and composer Indra Ismail, younger brother of the late composer Iskandar Ismail, one of Singapore's most accomplished musicians. The two-hour concert is expected to draw 45,000 people.

Happy to be in the line-up spanning several generations of Singapore music, Patrick Chng, the 47-year-old frontman of 1990s indie icons The Oddfellows, said: "It's mind-blowing to think that we will be part of such a big show."

Mapletree Investments, Resorts World Sentosa and Zurich Insurance are the main sponsors of the show, which is produced by The Rice Company Limited and supported by Steinway Gallery Singapore.

Zurich will donate $5 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund for every member of the audience at the concert.

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