A fellow PSG member had asked if I wanted to go to the concert, seeing how much I like Xinyao. Her PSG group was purchasing tickets and I could just tagged along. At $35 for front row seats to see Roy Li, why not?
At the end, the concert for me wasn’t just about Roy Li or Xinyao, it was much more than that. It was about me being part of a community of Clementi, where I grew up, seeing the town developed; where my son studied; where my kids play; where we makan every weekend; where we get all our errands done, and where I served as a PSG member to the neighbourhood’s school.
Zhang Mei Xiang from Rediffusion was the perfect host, warming up the audience with her humourous bantering while we waited for schools’ Chinese orchestra or angklung orchestra etc to be set up behind the curtains. This a what the concert on Saturday is about, a concert by the community, aided by popular local xinyao artists, for the community. Thus we see participation from cute primary school kids to senior community club choir members who are octogenarians. Teachers accompanied their students in performing next to professional singers. The teachers looked so cool. How come I never had teachers like them when I was in school?
The concert started at 7pm and ended only 4 hours later. The singings were accompanied by videos and photos of Clementi, before and now. As the photos flashed on the screen, we see glimpses of familiar faces – the tailor, the Indian barber, the watch seller, etc, reminding me of the sense of home. Familiar xinyao singers were joined by new unfamiliar (to me) youths who had their own fans (or friends)in the audience shouting out their names.
Roy Li was the helm of the concert. He was really entertaining to watch even without sidekick Eric Moo around. That’s the reason why we are going for another xinyao concert on Mar 8, just to be entertained by him again.
And why not? One can never really get tired of xinyao, for xinyao is the friend one grew up with, familiar, comfortable and warm.
So see you in March.