LumiNation 2020 - Sounds of Transient Labour by Tan Shzr Ee
This conversation investigates the sonic realms of communities and identities claimed by low-wage migrant workers in marginalised and precarious labour. It focuses on unequal musical, sonic and labour flows around the multicultural city-state of Singapore in Southeast Asia, which draws heavily upon the human resources of lower-income labour for domestic work and construction industries. Focusing on this invisibilised workforce and in search of making their voices heard, Shzr Ee’s project seeks to uncover a critical counter-narrative of multicultural life in Singapore.
This talk will be streamed live online on our Facebook page & our Youtube channel on 29 Aug, Sat, 5pm. There will be a post-talk Q&A session. Keep a lookout below for the published video on this page which will be free to stream until the end of the year!
YouTube LIVE @ 29 Aug 2020, 5pm
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About Tan Shzr Ee
Shzr Ee Tan is a Senior Lecturer and ethnomusicologist (with a specialism in Sinophone and Southeast Asian worlds) at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is interested in impact-based issues of music and decolonisation, aspirational cosmopolitanism, and race discourses in music scenes around the world (including HE), with a view towards understanding marginality through the lenses of intersectionality.
About Suprihatin Nengsih (Neng)
Suprihatin Nengsih (Neng) was born in Banten Province, Indonesia, and has been working in Singapore for 13 years as a domestic worker with the same employer. She is the former leader of the PIS Nur Assyifah Islamic chant religious group, and is also active as a singer of various other musical genres.
About Nil Sagar (Shahin)
Nil Sagar (Shahin) was born in Faridpur district in Bangladesh. He came to Singapore in 2010 and has been working in a woodcrafting company since. In Singapore, he leads an ensemble called the Migrants Band, which regularly performs in the community and public venues across Singapore.
About LumiNation 2020 - The Migration Edition
1–30 Aug 2020
Held alongside with National Day, The Arts House’s LumiNation festival explores our Singaporean identity through performances, talks and more.
This third edition of LumiNation will take place digitally, as it continues to set its sights on uncovering Singapore’s lesser-known narratives and hidden histories, inviting audiences to connect together parts of the full Singaporean conversation. The theme for this year’s festival is Migration, for which LumiNation aims to reveal the ever-changing relationship between migration and national identity. Moreover, we hope to explore how central migration is to Singapore's story, drawing from macroscopic to personal narratives.
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