Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Journey to a musical and spiritual sanctuary at “Migrant Sounds” (21 Aug 10)

Date: 21st August 2010
Event Type: Music concert to raise awareness for NGO Migrant Voices
Time: 8 pm to 11pm
Admission fee: Free
Location: Going Om Café, 63 Haji Lane
Contact Person: Rupak George, +65 9634146,

Music Group: Mux

Instrumental Band: Great Empty


SINGAPORE, August 02, 2010; Haji Lane will yet again play host to a unique concert to be held among its well-tread pavements, with some of the most original and inspiring homegrown musical acts to emerge in recent times. Quality acts like Mux, Great Empty, Seyra and Cotton Island will converge out on the streets on the 21st of August, from 8pm onwards, to play a captivating blend of tunes; promising a night of delectable melodies and carefully-crafted ambiance. Proudly hosted by the cafe bar Going Om on 63 Haji Lane, Migrant Sounds is a social initiative primarily concerned with raising awareness for non-profit organization Migrant Voices, an independent entity committed to recognizing and celebrating the artistic talents of migrant workers in Singapore. They are also renowned for their efforts in bridging the gap of social distinctions between Singaporeans and migrant workers. Admission is open to the public and free of charge.

Singer Songwriter: Seyra

David Lin: Performer from Europe under the moniker of Cotton Island

The event will draw influences from an eclectic mix of sounds and styles to create an atmosphere of harmonious unity. The show will be opened by the warm mellow tunes of David Lin, an experienced performer of various parts of Europe under the moniker of Cotton Island. Following him will be the up-and-coming singer-songwriter Seyra, who has recently opened for Malaysian darling Yuna and released her debut self-titled EP. Then prepare to embrace the intricate vibrations of instrumental band Great Empty who also recently released their EP “Desire the Creator” at the Third Mind Experience event. Migrant Sounds will be capped off by the brilliant experimental and layered electro-acoustic sounds of Mux, helmed by the genius narrative explorations of B-Quartet vocalist Bani Haykal.

Migrant Sounds is set to provide a more interactive experience by engaging the senses of sight and touch through pictorial visual aids that will be handed out to the audience during the live performances of the event. This thoughtful souvenir will help to reinforce the event vision of a perceived journey, where we are all migrants on this lonely planet embarking on our own journey to a musical and spiritual sanctuary.

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For additional information on Migrant Voices, please visit

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Migrant Voices is an arts charity that runs art events and programs for the migrant worker community in Singapore to use as a platform for expression.

The society grew out of the realisation that many migrant workers turn to the arts as a form of release from their personal and work stress. Migrant workers -- our work permit holders such as domestic workers, construction workers, cleaners etc -- leave behind families and deep kinship ties to work here, in order to provide a better life for their loved ones. In bringing these different migrant workers together, we hope to share an insight of their life through the arts.

Since its inception in April 2006, Migrant Voices has staged several indoor and outdoor theater productions and gigs. Migrant Voices' bands have performed at The Substation's Septfest in 2006 and 2007, and have brought our plays to the heartlands, The Arts House and Little India. On the 11th of September, Migrant Voices will conduct the Migration Film Festival to be screened at the Substation. This initiative is in support of the artistic works of independent local and filmmakers who have documented stories of the lives of migrant workers in Singapore.

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