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Radio Nanyang broadcasts golden era sounds of Southeast Asia (and beyond), emphasising little-known and underappreciated recordings.

Broadcasting from Studio Mimi, the collaborative archival studios of Scarcesounds and Holiday Maker Records.

Radio Nanyang is intended as an outlet to showcase the diverse and creative music scene in Southeast Asia during the golden age of peak radio and record activity from 1965 to 1975.

A lively music scene of young bands and vocalists performing at a myriad of venues for dances, concerts and charity events, and captured in the studio by the many local record labels that sprung up (ranging from branches of major record companies such as EMI, Philips and Decca to a large number of independent record labels).

While most records featured local bands and vocalists active in the burgeoning pop and psych rock scene, there were also many other records in a wide range of musical styles – keroncong, Chinese opera, ghazal, qasidah modern, Bollywood songs, gambus – and various other styles of Southeast Asia and beyond.

Inevitably, political, social and economic changes in the region gradually diminished the variety of output which was so prominent during the golden era of 1965–1975; political events ended the pop music cultures of Vietnam and Cambodia, and government policies such as Singapore banning dialects like Cantonese and Hokkien in media formats including radio, records and movies, narrowed the range of recordings produced.

New styles of music such as disco, cantopop and others began to channel local artists into more homogeneous sounds. The cumulative result of these and other factors was that eventually styles with a local character were less common and Asian music became more similar to what was being produced internationally.

Radio Nanyang adopts a retrospective approach in order to make available rare and obscure recordings which more fully display the diversity of languages and cultures in the region to audiences worldwide.


Photo: North Bridge Road, Singapore 

Logo: Daniel Kenafake