Songs from the Heart of Kupang

Indonesian and Singaporean artists came together to effect positive change through The Kupang Project, a year-long collaboration in 2016 under the SIF Arts for Good initiative. The artists collaborated to introduce arts-based activities into the educational programme of the Roslin Orphanage in Kupang, Indonesia. They also conducted Train-the-Trainers workshops, to enable caregivers at the orphanage to continue the programme for future residents.

In 2017, two artists – Indonesian jazz musician Nita Aartsen and Singaporean composer Clement Chow – have taken the project a step further to create a music album ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’. The duo wrote and composed music inspired by their interactions with the residents of the Roslin Orphanage, and produced an album featuring the voices of residents of the Roslin Orphanage with contributions from international musicians. Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the orphanage.

Indonesian media including The Jakarta Post, Jawa Pos and Tribun came together for a briefing with the key project collaborators and musicians - who shared their inspiration and motivation in producing the music album ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’.
International musicians and project collaborators of music album ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ proudly showing their work and taking a snap with friends. (From left to right) Ivan Nestorman, Christiane Mikaela, Beverly Morata, Clement Chow, Soh Lai Yee, Budi Soehardi, Nita Aartsen and Jean-Sebastien Simonoviez.
This year also marks Singapores 50th year of bilateral ties with Indonesia. The SIF is honoured to have helped build strong friendships between our countries at the people-to-people level, said David Chong, SIF Governor during his welcome remarks at the music album launch.
David Chong, SIF Governor (second from right) engaging with guests and supporters of the Songs from the Heart of Kupang music album launch.
Through this music album, our children have been given a chance to express themselves and to make something they are proud of. This album is an enabler of better things to come, which is in accordance with the purpose of SIF itself in enabling, enhancing and improving friendships, said Budi Soehardi, Founder, Roslin Orphanage.
(From left to right) Indonesian jazz musician Nita Aartsen and Singaporean composer Clement Chow sharing an anecdote on the friendships formed during their collaborations on the ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ music album.
Musicians from Indonesia and Singapore belting out a piece from the music album. The residents of the Roslin Orphanage played an active role in contributing to the fund-raising efforts for the orphanage through recording the music album.
(Far right) Indonesian jazz musician Nita Aartsen debuting a piece at the ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ music album launch. The album is supported by the Singapore International Foundation and proceeds will be channelled towards the education and livelihood programmes of Roslin Orphanage in Kupang, Indonesia.
(From left to right) David Chong, Governor, Singapore International Foundation presenting Budi Soehardi, Founder, Roslin Orphanage with the proceeds raised so far from the music album Songs from the Heart of Kupang.
The launch of ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ music album is a celebration of enduring friendships between Indonesians and Singaporeans working hand in hand to leverage the arts for social impact.

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