NDP 2021 theme song ‘The Road Ahead’ features four local singers including Linying and Sezairi Sezali

The theme song portrays the adversity the nation has faced and how it has overcome the odds.

Stacey Tay

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Published: 5 July 2021, 12:19 PM

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) theme song, The Road Ahead was released on Friday (2 Jul) in line with the parade theme: “Together, Our Singapore Spirit”. 

In a statement released by the NDP executive committee, they said that The Road Ahead portrays the adversity Singapore has faced throughout its history, and about how the nation has overcome the odds.

Written and composed by singer-songwriter Linying and music producer Evan Low, the song is performed by local singers Sezairi Sezali, Shye-Anne Brown, Linying, and Shabir.

Linying said: “I really wanted to write something that conveyed to people that we really only have each other to rely on at this juncture as a country.

“I think there’s a lot that other NDP songs have said that I can’t say better. But with this current backdrop, I think that’s the main message that I want people to take away from the song.”

The song also accompanied the first NDP music video to combine live-action and animated scenes. 

The video features all four singers and is directed by filmmaker Huang Junxiang and animation filmmaker Jerrold Chong. 

According to the NDP organisers, this year’s parade theme, “Together, Our Singapore Spirit” was built on last year’s theme which was “Together, A Stronger Singapore”.

This year’s parade will be held physically at the Marina Bay floating platform as a centralised event. All spectators will have to be fully vaccinated and must undergo pre-event testing due to COVID-19 measures. 

There will also be heartland activities for Singaporeans apart from the main parade and show. 

Singaporeans who have yet to be vaccinated are encouraged to catch the parade at home through live broadcasts on television or online platforms. 

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