SINGAPORE – The late Chang Kwai Ming gained a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award on the 23rd version of the Compass (Composers and Authors Society of Singapore) awards held on Sunday (Sept 23) at Resorts World Convention Centre.
Mr Chang, a veteran of the native arts and music scene and as soon as a long-serving chairman of Compass, died of most cancers in December final 12 months on the age of 78.
His final challenge with Compass was the Music Talents Development Fund, which was set as much as assist nurture younger musicians of varied genres.
Compass additionally handed out a Patron of music award to radio persona and singer Chris Ho, also referred to as X’ho. Ho was awarded for his contributions as a face of the native music scene, whether or not because the entrance man of band Zircon Lounge within the 1980s, a pop columnist for numerous publications together with The Straits Times, or presenting radio exhibits all through the 1990s to current day.
Compass awards are given to native musicians who earned the best royalties final 12 months, with Compass monitoring the quantity primarily based on what number of occasions their songs are performed on radio and in nightspots and meals and beverage shops, and carried out dwell.
Ten awards got to the top-earning songwriters in Singapore, whereas 5 particular awards got out in particular classes for achievements and contributions to the native music business.
Among the top-earning songwriters was Mandopop star JJ Lin who snagged each Top Local Songwriter of the Year and Top Local Chinese Pop Song for Ke Xi Mei Ru Guo.
Among the recipients of the particular awards was homegrown indie rock band M1LDL1FE who bagged the Young Artiste of the Year award, which is awarded primarily based on performing royalties from all songs carried out by an artist within the 12 months.
They additionally took home the award for Top Local English Pop Song for the observe In Your Arms, off their debut EP Pairs (2015), again when the band was generally known as Take Two.
Artistic excellence awards got to 3 people, particularly songwriter, producer and musician Amir Masoh, who wrote songs similar to Tabitha Nauser’s Unbreakable and Jacky Cheung’s Bai Zi Zai; entrance man of Tania and native rock n’ roll legend Zul Sutan; and conductor, affiliate professor Chan Tze Law, who is a founding member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and the Conservatory New Music ensemble.
Meritorious awards have been handed to music arranger and composer Samuel Tan Chee Koon, and Dr Peter Low, who has served as choir grasp of the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ since its founding in 1971.
Jazz songbird and Sing! China second-runner- up Joanna Dong was among the many performers on the night time, closing the present with a medley of songs by Singaporean Mandopop singers Tany a Chua, Mavis Hee and Joi Chua.