Esplanade Presents


Talk: The Last Bangsawan Musician in Singapore

Samsudin Yassin (Singapore)

2 Mar 2024, Sat, 10am


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Annexe Studio

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Meet Samsudin Yassin, the last surviving bangsawan (Malay opera) musician in Singapore, an art form which is undoubtedly part of Singapore's intangible cultural heritage.


The talk provides a glimpse into his creative process, inspiration and philosophy. His lifelong legacy in music and bittersweet anecdotes from the psychedelic era from the 1950s to the present, offer rich insights into Singapore's colourful musical heritage.


A treat for aspiring musicians and music buffs.


No tickets will be issued. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission Age:
10 and above.
Language: Malay
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Samsudin Yassin

Samsudin Yassin is an artist and a producer whose first exposure to bangsawan was in the 1950s when he was a young boy. A self-taught musician like his peers, he plays the accordion and has helmed numerous performances and productions on stage, radio and television. He has also produced multiple albums throughout his illustrious career. At 83 now, he is widely considered the last bangsawan musician in Singapore.

Date & Time

2 Mar 2024, Sat


Esplanade Annexe Studio

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