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In this special podcast series called Merdeka Memories, listen to the stories of Singapore’s Merdeka Generation. Through the experiences of these men and women born in the 1950s, relive their struggles and opportunities while they grew up in post-independence Singapore. How their life has defined and strengthened the Singapore spirit?

Latest Episodes

Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter (D)

Born in 1956, the multi-talented Dick Lee has been a model agent, event manager, fashion designer and creative director. However, he is best known for being one of Singapore’s most prolific singer-songwriters. Dick Lee explains how he defied the odds to achieve success at a time when there was little appreciation for local musicians. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Dick Lee, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

29 MINFEB 26
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Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter (D)

Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter

Born in 1956, the multi-talented Dick Lee has been a model agent, event manager, fashion designer and creative director. However, he is best known for being one of Singapore’s most prolific singer-songwriters. Dick Lee explains how he defied the odds to achieve success at a time when there was little appreciation for local musicians. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Dick Lee, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

29 MIN2019 JUL 8
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Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter

Lim Li Kok, Founder and Managing Director of Asiapac Books

Born in 1954, Lim Li Kok hails from a family of intellectuals who founded the Bedok Chong Wah Public School in 1946. She describes the events that led to her decision to publish illustrated books and comics on Asian culture in the 1980s.

18 MIN2019 JUN 30
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Lim Li Kok, Founder and Managing Director of Asiapac Books

Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan, Former Police Officer

Born in 1951, Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan is a former police officer. He describes some of the memorable cases he encountered as he worked his way up to becoming a homicide detective with the Criminal Investigation Department in the 1970s. Besides getting shot on the job, he also dealt with the aftermath of the Spyros tanker explosion in October 1978.

22 MIN2019 JUN 23
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Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan, Former Police Officer

Jacintha Abisheganaden, Singer

Born in 1957, Jacintha Abisheganaden dominated the theatre scene in the 1980s, and was a familiar face on TV and radio in the 1990s and early 2000s. She describes how she has helped to develop Singapore’s arts scene, and how her experiences have influenced her as a jazz singer. This interview with Jacintha Abisheganaden was conducted in partnership with Hear65. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council which is proudly produced by Bandwagon. Find out more at www.hear65.com

25 MIN2019 JUN 17
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Jacintha Abisheganaden, Singer

Gregory Loh, Grocer

Born in 1955, Gregory Loh retired from his hi-fi business after the Asian Financial Crisis and technological advances made it difficult for him to continue. However, his humility, hard work and strong sense of community have led him to success in a very different field.

12 MIN2019 JUN 9
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Gregory Loh, Grocer

Mel Ferdinands, Music Specialist

Born in 1959, Mel Ferdinands is best known for being a member of one of Singapore’s top bands, Gypsy, in the 1980s. He achieved early success at the age of 12 after performing with his younger brother Joe on Talentime in 1971. However, pursuing a professional music career was fraught with challenges in the 1980s, amid shifts in Singapore’s nightlife scene. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Mel Ferdinands, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

19 MIN2019 JUN 2
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Mel Ferdinands, Music Specialist

Josephine Chia, Author

Born in 1951, award-winning author Josephine Chia recounts her experiences growing up in Kampong Potong Pasir from the 1950s to the 1970s, which mirrored the development of Singapore.

24 MIN2019 MAY 26
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Josephine Chia, Author

Robert Fernando, Vocalist

Born in 1959, Robert Fernando possesses a voice that has earned him comparisons with powerhouse crooners James Ingram and Luther Vandross. Even so, Robert Fernando explains why singing has always been just a hobby.

18 MIN2019 MAY 20
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Robert Fernando, Vocalist

David Yeo, Singapore Red Cross Volunteer

Born in 1953 and a dedicated member of the Singapore Red Cross since boyhood, David Yeo had his skills put to the test when the Hotel New World collapsed on 15 March 1986.

9 MIN2019 MAY 12
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David Yeo, Singapore Red Cross Volunteer

Latest Episodes

Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter (D)

Born in 1956, the multi-talented Dick Lee has been a model agent, event manager, fashion designer and creative director. However, he is best known for being one of Singapore’s most prolific singer-songwriters. Dick Lee explains how he defied the odds to achieve success at a time when there was little appreciation for local musicians. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Dick Lee, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

29 MINFEB 26
Comments
Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter (D)

Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter

Born in 1956, the multi-talented Dick Lee has been a model agent, event manager, fashion designer and creative director. However, he is best known for being one of Singapore’s most prolific singer-songwriters. Dick Lee explains how he defied the odds to achieve success at a time when there was little appreciation for local musicians. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Dick Lee, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

29 MIN2019 JUL 8
Comments
Dick Lee, Singer-Songwriter

Lim Li Kok, Founder and Managing Director of Asiapac Books

Born in 1954, Lim Li Kok hails from a family of intellectuals who founded the Bedok Chong Wah Public School in 1946. She describes the events that led to her decision to publish illustrated books and comics on Asian culture in the 1980s.

18 MIN2019 JUN 30
Comments
Lim Li Kok, Founder and Managing Director of Asiapac Books

Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan, Former Police Officer

Born in 1951, Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan is a former police officer. He describes some of the memorable cases he encountered as he worked his way up to becoming a homicide detective with the Criminal Investigation Department in the 1970s. Besides getting shot on the job, he also dealt with the aftermath of the Spyros tanker explosion in October 1978.

22 MIN2019 JUN 23
Comments
Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan, Former Police Officer

Jacintha Abisheganaden, Singer

Born in 1957, Jacintha Abisheganaden dominated the theatre scene in the 1980s, and was a familiar face on TV and radio in the 1990s and early 2000s. She describes how she has helped to develop Singapore’s arts scene, and how her experiences have influenced her as a jazz singer. This interview with Jacintha Abisheganaden was conducted in partnership with Hear65. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council which is proudly produced by Bandwagon. Find out more at www.hear65.com

25 MIN2019 JUN 17
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Jacintha Abisheganaden, Singer

Gregory Loh, Grocer

Born in 1955, Gregory Loh retired from his hi-fi business after the Asian Financial Crisis and technological advances made it difficult for him to continue. However, his humility, hard work and strong sense of community have led him to success in a very different field.

12 MIN2019 JUN 9
Comments
Gregory Loh, Grocer

Mel Ferdinands, Music Specialist

Born in 1959, Mel Ferdinands is best known for being a member of one of Singapore’s top bands, Gypsy, in the 1980s. He achieved early success at the age of 12 after performing with his younger brother Joe on Talentime in 1971. However, pursuing a professional music career was fraught with challenges in the 1980s, amid shifts in Singapore’s nightlife scene. To discover more Singaporean music and artists such as Mel Ferdinands, visit www.hear65.com. Hear65 is a national movement to promote Singaporean artists and music, and is an initiative by the National Arts Council, proudly produced by Bandwagon.

19 MIN2019 JUN 2
Comments
Mel Ferdinands, Music Specialist

Josephine Chia, Author

Born in 1951, award-winning author Josephine Chia recounts her experiences growing up in Kampong Potong Pasir from the 1950s to the 1970s, which mirrored the development of Singapore.

24 MIN2019 MAY 26
Comments
Josephine Chia, Author

Robert Fernando, Vocalist

Born in 1959, Robert Fernando possesses a voice that has earned him comparisons with powerhouse crooners James Ingram and Luther Vandross. Even so, Robert Fernando explains why singing has always been just a hobby.

18 MIN2019 MAY 20
Comments
Robert Fernando, Vocalist

David Yeo, Singapore Red Cross Volunteer

Born in 1953 and a dedicated member of the Singapore Red Cross since boyhood, David Yeo had his skills put to the test when the Hotel New World collapsed on 15 March 1986.

9 MIN2019 MAY 12
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David Yeo, Singapore Red Cross Volunteer
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