About Red Dot Radio. Tune in to a month of new songs and artist renditions of radio-friendly hits and lesser-known gems at Red Dot Radio! Catch the live broadcast of LUSH 99.5FM on 20 Aug and be one of 10 lucky winners to walk home with a ESPLANADE x SUPERMAMA tote bag and Red Dot Radio pin! That's not all! From Aug 1 – 31, 2016, you can redeem the same tote bag just by spending $50 at the Esplanade Mall*. There are just 200 bags up for grabs, so don't delay! *Terms and conditions apply. Maximum 3 combined same-day receipts. Redemption is on a first-come, first-served basis and while stocks last.
Mayuni Omar featuring Maiya Rahman and Hariani Hassan
1 & 2 Aug, Mon & Tue 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Mayuni Omar, the former keyboardist of popular band Tokyo Square, ventured into local Malay compositions for Suria in 1997. He has gained recognition for his works by COMPASS, who awarded him the Top Contemporary Instrumental Award in 2008. His compositions for Suria also won awards in Pesta Perdana for Best Drama Song in 2007, 2009 and 2012.
Mayuni will showcase some of his best compositions featuring Malay contemporary singers Maiya and Hariani.
Closer to Home 3 Aug, Wed 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Closer to Home comprises a multi-racial bunch of local and international kids who make music with their guitar and cajon (box-shaped percussion instrument). Coming from all walks of life who have found a home in Singapore, they are excited to perform local songs and tunes with an acoustic touch. They hope their music will bring a sense of home to their listeners; nostalgia to the older generation, comfort to those who are away from their own homes, and a celebrative spirit to the younger generation.
10 & 11 Aug, Wed & Thu 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Dominic was inspired by the sounds of R&B and jazz music when he was young but only started covering songs on YouTube in 2010 as DominicSings. He covers genres such as pop, jazz, RnB etc, and has a total viewership of 1.4 million and 8,500 subscribers. Dominic has performed at Esplanade for YFest, at Marina Bay Sands' Grand Theatre for Straits Times Charity concert in 2012 & 2014, and at the Star Vista Performing Arts Centre, where he presented the song he penned for the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a tribute performance.
12 Aug, Fri, 6.45–7.15pm & 7.30–8pm 13 Aug, Sat, 5.15–5.45pm, 6–6.30pm & 6.45–7.15pm Esplanade Concourse
Natalie Hiong is an award-winning singer-songwriter. Since leaving her banking job to pursue a music career in 2010, Natalie has made her mark on the local music scene with her very own brand of folk pop. Her lilting voice, deeply personal lyrics and charming disposition have captured the hearts of many. Active in the local scene, Natalie has performed at Music Matters Live, Night Festival and Singapore HeritageFest. She had the privilege of opening for Lenka, Marie Digby and Tiffany Alvord, and was also one of Starbucks' featured artists. Internationally, Natalie has performed at renowned live music venues in London, New York and Toronto, and at festivals such as Spring Scream Festival in Taiwan and MEOW Con in Austin, Texas.
Natalie has released two EPs, Little Heart (2011) and Beautiful Mess (2013). In 2014, she won the Homesongs Contest with her Singapore song Coming Home, while her Unravelling won the Love Song category of a UK Songwriting Contest.
Natalie is also a versatile composer and lyricist, and was involved in the multi-million dollar magic spectacular Incanto at Resorts World Sentosa, and was behind the new Hollywood Dreams Parade Theme Song at Universal Studios Singapore. An avid and dedicated educator, Natalie also enjoys writing music for children.
Bennett Bay 12 Aug, Fri 7.15–8pm 8.30–9.15pm 9.45–10.30pm Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Bennett is a musician based in Singapore. Since the inception of his solo project mid-2015, he has been making his mark on the local arts scene. Following his debut performance at the Esplanade Concourse, Bennett has gone on to perform at the Red Dot Design Museum, as part of their bi-yearly MAAD Sounds!, and SingJazz Club. Bennett was invited to perform at the first inaugural Neon Lights Festival, held at the Fort Canning Park, where he was one of four local music headliners (including Hanging Up The Moon, Lost Weekend and Paint the sky Red) among an array of international acts which featured internationally acclaimed artists such as Damien Rice, Rachael Yamagata, Mogwai and more. Bennett recently released his debut single Komorebi, and will begin recording his first full-length album Compass in July. Inspired by emotions, dreams and everyday occurrences, Bennett's brand of acoustic music will take you to places that you've never been, propelled by the combination of lush acoustic guitar, strings, horns and more.
Rishi Kumaar 13 Aug, Sat 7.15–8pm 8.30–9.15pm 9.45–10.30pm Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Rishi Kumaar is known in the Indian entertainment circle as a singer-songwriter and versatile actor. He has written many compositions for television dramas on Vasantham. At Red Dot Radio, Rishi and his ensemble of local celebrity singers will perform hit television theme songs of local programmes from the '90s to the present.
Chen Wen Hua featuring Intune Music's Evan Liao & Jamie Lee 14 Aug, Sun 5.15–5.45pm 6–6.30pm 6.45–7.15pm Esplanade Concourse
Marking his return to songwriting after a 10-year hiatus, Chen Wen Hua showcases his newest compositions that are close to his heart. The singer-songwriter will be on the piano, joined by Intune Music artists Evan Liao on the guitar and violin, and Jamie Lee on percussions.
The Lost Box
14 Aug, Sun 7.15–8pm 8.30–9.15pm Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Brought together by their passion for music, what began as a group of friends jamming at HDB void decks soon became a trio doing what they love most for a living. The Lost Box have been pursuing music full-time for the past three years as a cover band. Their humble beginnings include playing at neighbourhood bars, a Korean restaurant and Fish & Co. The boys are now proud to hold a residency at Wala Wala and Barossa in Holland Village. As much as Dale, Darren and Jed enjoy playing their audiences' favourite top 40 hits and evergreen classics, what they really want to do is share their original music and story. Listeners can expect a rocking good time and the same feel-good vibes from the boys, this time on a more intimate level as they play songs off their debut soon-to-be-released EP, Years Lost.
Imagine Music 15 Aug, Mon 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Elaine, Joann and William are two singers and a keyboardist from Imagine Music Sg. They have more than five years of performing experience and have regular gigs at various venues in Singapore. Joann Wu was also one of the top 16 finalists in Project Superstar 2014. Through their renditions of local drama theme songs, they hope to create more awareness and support for good local music and compositions, as well as encourage more people to enjoy music and singing as a relief from their hectic work lives. A small step of simply penning down one's thoughts and feelings is a great start to the journey of songwriting!
Zuo En 16 - 18 Aug, Tue - Thu 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Zuo En is a songwriting enthusiast. Influenced by different genres, she composes melodies and pens her own lyrics, demonstrating great versatility and talent in music. Fascinated with the emotions that minor chords create, she weaves them into her quirky songs, which bear her love for sharing her emotions and thoughts. Using contrasting elements while evoking different moods with her music, she continues to experiment and bring out the best of herself.
Zuo En has performed at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Concourse, The Arts House, Switch by Timbre, Singapore e-Awards, VOID Fest 2015, as well as other stages and venues. She has also released her very own original single, ?? (Fantasy).
Anthem of Hearts 19 Aug, Fri 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Formed in 2008 by Ganesh Murusamy, Anthem of Hearts (previously known as Sharnaz) has grown from a small acoustic trio to a 13-member group. Influenced by hindustani and carnatic music, jazz, Middle Eastern music and rock, the band gives their own take on popular songs. Currently led by the keyboardist Jordan Joshua, the band continues to create their own compositions. They have performed at Esplanade, for Vasantham programmes and events, and have collaborated with renowned bands from India, such as MaatiBaani, and have also performed for Oscar award-winner, AR Rahman. Anthem of Hearts will be presenting local compositions that were made popular through television programmes on Vasantham, MediaCorp.
Reyza Hamizan 19 Aug, Fri 7.15–8pm 8.30–9.15pm 9.45–10.30pm Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Reyza Hamizan is a 26-year-old award-winning music producer, composer and singer with a diploma in music & audio technology from Singapore Polytechnic. Ever since graduation, he has written, composed and produced music for television. His songs have been nominated for various Anugerah Planet Muzik awards over five consecutive years since 2012 including Best New Artist in 2014 and Best Artist Collaboration in 2015. He won his first accolade as a composer for Mediacorp Suria's television series Bingit in 2015 at the station's inaugural Pesta Perdana Awards show. His heartfelt lyrics are relatable and uplifting, spanning topics closely related to the heart such as love, family and friendship.
LUSH 99.5FM Live Broadcast
20 Aug, Sat 6–8pm Esplanade Concourse
LUSH 99.5 takes centrestage at Red Dot Radio with its live broadcast at Esplanade! Join DJ Elias and independent local artists Bennett Bay, Leon Markcus and Ethel Yap as they perform on the show. What's more, you could be one of 10 lucky winners to walk away with an Esplanade tote bag specially designed by Supermama and an exclusive Red Dot Radio pin!
Red-dot Fusion 20 Aug, Sat, 7.15–8pm, 8.30–9.15pm & 9.45–10.30pm 21 Aug, Sun, 7.15–8pm, & 8.30–9.15pm Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
Enjoy radio-friendly tunes and fresh interpretations of familiar songs by local composers through the years. Featuring singers Vanessa Phang, Juni Goh, Amanda Lee and Benjamin Hum, accompanied by a band comprising Clarence Chung, August Lum and Josiah Suthan.
Hillary Francis 21 Aug, Sun 5.15 -5.45pm 6–6.30pm 6.45–7.15pm Esplanade Concourse
Hillary Francis is a composer who writes songs from his heart. His songs are a reflection of his soul and speak the inner feelings and messages of goodwill that he wants to share with his listeners. Most of all, they bring out his creativity. His lyrics also carry depth, emotion and good sense. In short, he is a composer who feels for people, his surroundings and greatest of all, his Creator. Hillary makes an immediate impact on his audiences with his powerful voice and unique style. Besides English oldies, he also sings in many languages. He has been a composer, singer, guitarist, drummer and entertainer since 1965, and has been a private music tutor since the mid-'80s, tutoring children from as young as seven to adults in their 70's. In 1969, he released a single with The Sandboys titled Candlelight. He has also produced three charity albums: A Tribute To Mother Teresa (1997); A Dedication To Mother Mary for the New Millennium (2000), in conjunction with the Jubilee Year; and Peace (2013). In 2011, he wrote a A Song For Japan (Nihon Kara Tsunami No Uta) to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami victims.
Leon Markcus 22 & 23 Aug, Mon & Tue 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
hua Jun Rong, Leon, or better known as Leon Markcus, is a singer-songwriter who started out at the age of 15 performing in bars around Singapore. In addition to that, Leon has also penned lyrics for mini competitions and charity events, such as Kovan Superstar 2012 and Happy Feet Slipper Race 2013, under the mentorship of Peng Chi Sheng of Intune Music, whose clients include DJs from 933FM, 972FM and 958FM. One of Leon's works came out in the top 40 of a songwriting competition hosted by MTV Asia and Lenovo. In May 2014, Leon participated in the annual 987fm Star, for which he made a series of short films and music videos available on 987FM's official YouTube page. He came in as the first runner-up in that competition. Months later, he released his debut single Circles via YouTube and iTunes, which was well received and gained the attention of Lianhe ZaoBao. Leon is currently working on his debut EP Mannequin.
24 & 25 Aug, Wed & Thu 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Ethel is a singer-songwriter influenced by folk outfits like The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Ray LaMontagne and Fleet Foxes. She seeks to find authentic ways to tell stories and ponder issues of identity and purpose through song. Ethel was a mentee in the NOISE Music Mentorship (2015) under Randolf Arriola's guidance and has performed gigs in haunts for local singer-songwriters like Artistry cafe, Barbershop by Timbre, Lepark and Starker Music. She is also a theatre actress, having worked with many notable theatre companies such as Pangdemonium, W!LD RICE, The Necessary Stage and The Theatre Practice, and seeks to build her artistic practice across various disciplines. Ethel is currently working on her first EP.
Matt- Q 29 Aug, Mon 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Having struggled with severe learning difficulties since young, and being diagnosed only much later in life, Matt-Q empathises with those who have similar difficulties and has made it his personal mission in life to help them overcome their limitations and develop a healthy sense of ability and self esteem. The singer-songwriter has released eight solo albums consisting of original songs about growing up in competitive Singapore and how he was able to overcome his disabilities with the help of loved ones. Let Matt-Q regale you with his candid and heart-warming compositions, ranging from jazz to English and Mandarin contemporary songs, and musical theatre genres.
Stanley Ho 30 & –31 Aug, Tue & Wed 6.45–7.15pm 7.30–8pm Esplanade Concourse
Stanley Ho is a local singer-songwriter who writes and sings about living in Singapore. His sound is mellow and filled with melancholy, inspired by his observations of everyday Singapore, his experiences and his loved ones. Music is to him an expression of his losses and frustrations, while sleepless nights fuel his writings. He has played at songwriter showcase Verses with The Diarists, as