Esplanade Presents


Nuri Terbang Malam - Malay Music in Singapore through Time

Syed Ahmad, Jeremiah Choy and Orkes Nuri (Singapore)

25 May 2023, Thu, 2.30pm

26 May 2023, Fri, 2.30pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Jeremiah Choy
Syed Ahmad

Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam, recorded back in 1903 by Malay singer Qasim, was the earliest physical recorded evidence of Malay music.


With music director Syed Ahmad and show director Jeremiah Choy, the band Orkes Nuri will take audiences on a journey through songs and stories to trace Malay music history from pre-independence 1900s to present day Singapore.


Through melodies, rhythms and lyrics, students will be able to gain an understanding of how various social, historical, cultural and inter-cultural shifts have influenced the Malay community, its language and culture, and in turn, how these have contributed to a larger Singapore identity.


Learning Objectives

  • Listen to a live performance of popular Singapore and Malay music

  • Gain an overview of the history of Malay music in Singapore starting from 1903

  • Gain a better understanding of the songs and their impact on Singapore and the Malay community

  • Reflect on how globalisation and historical and other socio-cultural factors have influenced and shaped Malay music


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Recommended Age: Upper Primary - Lower Secondary
Admission Age:
7 and above.
Language: Performed in English with some surtitles.
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Artist Information

Jeremiah Choy

With over 30 years of experience in Singapore’s arts scene and with international experience that ranges from Asia to South Africa and Europe, Jeremiah Choy is a creative director, producer and curator. He has directed and produced theatre shows, concerts, arts festivals, Singapore and international events such as Singapore Day (Sydney, Shanghai, San Francisco), Spotlight Singapore (Cape Town, Bratislava and Prague, and Mexico City), NS50 and Sing50.


For 2022, he show-directed Incandescent – The City Never Sleeps for the NUS Arts Festival, Singapore Night Festival’s Cathay Hotel, The Curse of the Missing Red Shoe, 80’s Power Hour for Tworks’ Play Writing Competition showcase, and Day Break, a commission by Esplanade for their 20th anniversary celebrations, performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.


He also dramaturged Get In Touch for Esplanade’s Huayi Festival.


He is now teaching at NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and is part of NAC’s resource panel.

Syed Ahmad

Syed Ahmad has been at the helm of Bloco Singapura for over a decade, focusing on sharing his passion and knowledge of Brazilian rhythms and Carnaval. His knowledge of Brazilian ethnomusicology and culture has led Syed Ahmad to work on many musical landmark events including Marina Barrage’s Carnival!, and Sonic Spree Music Festival. Bloco Singapura has also performed in various musical festivals and samba events locally and internationally.


Aside from his work in Brazilian music, Syed Ahmad is also a studio producer, music and artistic director, composer, and choreographer. A champion of local music, Syed Ahmad is one half of Singapore’s indie legends, The Stoned Revivals, drummer for the eccentric group Tiramisu, and head of new label Nuri Records, releasing a new eclectic mix of Singapore music and artists, based at his NovoStudio space.


Syed Ahmad is an educator, teaching at Lasalle College of the Arts in their diploma and degree programmes. He has also worked with numerous primary and secondary schools, and tertiary institutions, offering assembly shows, workshops & team building programmes.

Date & Time

25 May 2023, Thu


Esplanade Recital Studio

26 May 2023, Fri


Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets & Prices
Price $23


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Tote Board Arts Grant

All Primary, Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost.

All SPED Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost. 

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