Date & Time
Date: Mon 4 Nov
The Singapore Airlines Theatre, Basement 1, LASALLE
The San Geu Tai Band (SanGouDaYueTuan) was established in 1997 by Berklee College of Music graduate Tommy Yen (class of 1986). Yen was the first singer to release a Hakka record in Taiwanese mainstream music circles and inspired the next generation to join the growing ranks of native Hakka artists. In 2008, Yen recruited a group of younger musicians to the band, forming the San Geu Tai Youth Band (SanGouDaHouSheng). The youth band features vocals by lead singer Rita Lin, who boasts an impressive vocal range, as well as a great feel for both contemporary music and more traditional Hakka folk songs.
The themes and lyrics of San Geu Tai’s tracks are mainly inspired by everyday Hakka life and the strong affection these people have for the land. Style-wise, their works represent a rich fusion of contemporary genres (including folk, blues, rock, and jazz etc.) and more traditional Hakka music. Melodies that make for easy listening and are equally easy to sing along to ensure that the band’s music appeals to a wide audience spanning several age groups.