The song, titled P0$P0N, incorporates football chants, dikir barat and lyrics related to the pandemic.
This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) might be postponed until Aug 21 due to the increase in COVID-19 community cases, but that did not stop local podcast group OKLETSGO and SingaBrigade from creating a song titled P0$P0N to express their national pride.
The Malay song, posted on former Mediacorp DJ Dzar Ismail’s Facebook page, has been shared more than 3,000 times and viewed nearly 112,000 times since it was published on Saturday (Jul 31).
Within the first week of its release, the song has received positive reviews for its nostalgic appeal, allowing Singaporeans to reminisce the old times when NDP songs were catchy and meaningful.
The song embodies the spirit of patriotism and reminds Singaporeans of their relentless optimism even in the face of adversities.
P0$P0N 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬 Dirgahayu Singapura daripada kami di OKLETSGO!Posted by Dzar Ismail on Friday, 30 July 2021
Several people have also commented that the song reminded them of live football matches at the Jalan Besar stadium – which has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of their comedic approach, the OLG podcasters included references to current events – such as the postponement of the NDP, the increasing COVID-19 cases in the KTV cluster and the inability to travel.
The music video also featured a dikir barat segment sung by OLG host Raja Razie, accompanied by Malay dancers.
The song’s popularity has led national football legend Baihakki Khaizan and the first Singaporean footballer to win the Thai League 1 title, Irfan Fandi, to chime in with their support.
As the song’s lyrics are relatable to people from all walks of life, it comes as no surprise why it is becoming so popular, as Singaporeans continue to tackle the pandemic together.
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