By Victoria Barker
HOME-GROWN a cappella group Vocaluptuous is one patriotic musical group.
Their second album, Notes From An Island, is a tribute to Singapore, featuring songs like Dick Lee's classic Bunga Sayang (Flower Of Love) and a cover version of Fly Away by Singapore songbird Corrine May.
Plus, its last gig saw the sextet performing a purely vocal rendition of the National Anthem at the National Day Parade (NDP) on Aug 9.
my paper chats with the band members - Simone Khoo, Timothy Huang, John Lee, Hazrul Nizam, Sam Kan and Gerald Tanto - to find out more about their love for the nation.
When and how did Vocaluptuous form?
Vocaluptuous: It was formed in 1997 by a group of friends who wanted to explore the genre in its contemporary form.
The current line-up has been around for three years.
What was it like performing at the NDP?
V: The opportunity was an affirmation of our contribution to the local music scene and an emotionally fulfilling experience.
We were overcome by an indescribable surge of pride, patriotism and exuberance.
Many of our friends told us that it has rekindled their love for Majulah Singapura.
Why is Notes From An Island dedicated to Singapore?
V: There didn't seem to be enough pop music about Singapore outside of the National Day songbook, besides perhaps some songs by a few local bands.
Our music director thought it would be an interesting idea to compile a collection of songs that had something to say about Singapore, or reflected something about our lives here.
Notes From An Island is out in stores.
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