If Avengers taught us anything, it is that people like to see a bunch of superheroes coming together to do stuff.
And this year 2019’s NDP song is basically the Avengers of National Day songs, with an assembly of 27 artists. Here’s the song so you can listen to it while reading the rest of the article.
The song is composed by Dick Lee, who is also the creative director for NDP 2019, video directed by film-maker and multimedia director Royston Tan and music director Dr Sydney Tan.
“Avengers” singers featured in the theme song will include: Brian Richmond, Tracy Huang, Rahimah Rahim, Papa Rock Ramli Sarip, Matthew Tan, Stefanie Sun, Rahimah Rahim, The Sam Willows, Kit Chan, Charlie Lim, Taufik Batisah, JJ Lin, rappers Sheikh Haikel and Shigga Shay, Jacinta Abisheganadan and others.
Five children in the video might be familiar to some, as they previously took part in an annual charity concert called ChildAid.
Nobody is a star – it will feature almost 300 Singaporeans
According to Dr Sydney Tan, the message from the theme song was gratitude. All Singaporeans are a part of the journey, with collective ownership of Singapore.
Avengers also got Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right? The theme song features an inter-generational cast of almost 300 Singaporeans, from the age of 3 (though the youngest performers are 11) to 93.
The Song is a mix of…
I don’t think it takes a minute to read the above, so here’s a spoiler if you happen to be reading while listening: Our Singapore (2019) is the combination of We Will Get There (2002) and Our Singapore (2015).
NDP 2019 in line with Bicentennial Celebrations
NDP is actually traditionally held at the Padang every 5 years, but this year, despite not being 2020, it will be held at the Padang because of the Bicentennial celebrations.
The Bicentennial is a commemoration of the 200 years of history of Singapore.
Huh? This year not 54th birthday meh? Also Bicentennial not mean 200 years meh?
Yar, but it was thought that a Kingdom known as Temasek in 1299 marks some semblance to Singapore.
That’s 500 years before 1819, which is 200 years (Bicentennial) before this year. And 1819 is important because of Stamford Raffles.
At the Padang, a Bicentennial segment will feature 8 floats of organisations, including Singapore Fire Brigade, the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company, the Singapore General Hospital and The Straits Times, which are crucial to the early building of Singapore from the 19th century.
Celebrations not just at the parade
Carnivals by the People’s Association will be held at Bishan, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Punggol, and Woodlands, and continue the day after the parade, with fireworks at night.
There will be some features of military technology too. This will be the first time appearance at the NDP of A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, and the next-generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle in the 171-vehicle mobile column.
And for the first time, the parade will also feature a group of Singapore Armed Forces and Home Team volunteer.
I can’t really recognise a lot of faces there, so here are 2 challenges for our readers:
1. Find the 3-year-old.
2. Identify all the people in the video.