Xinyao pioneer says about time music genre is recognised

FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Fans at a xinyao concert held at Bras Basah Complex on July 6, another occasion when Eric Moo returned to lend his support to xinyao. (Above) Moo, who will perform here next month.
FOR YOUNG AND OLD: Fans at a xinyao concert held at Bras Basah Complex on July 6, another occasion when Eric Moo returned to lend his support to xinyao.
HUMBLE START: Eric Moo in his first ticketed concert in 1983, held while he was still in Jurong Junior College. The concert was in the school hall.

It is better late than never, said singer-songwriter Eric Moo of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's mention of xinyao during this year's National Day Rally.

Mr Lee had crooned the first line of xinyao classic Xi Shui Chang Liu (Friendship Forever) and had used xinyao, the music movement popular in Singapore in the 1980s, to drive home the point that there are many opportunities for Singaporeans to fulfil their dreams.

The Malaysian-born, Singapore-bred and now, Beijing-based star told The New Paper in a telephone interview: "It is a good thing that xinyao has finally been given the acknowledgement of the legacy it has left and the impact it has made on the music industry."

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 7.

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Tags: Eric Moo and Xinyao

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For the full story, read our print edition on Tues, Oct 7.  

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