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If the youth are the heartbeat of our nation, then the future of Singapore certainly seems (or more accurately in this case, sounds) bright. Currently away representing our nation in Korea for the 2011 World Percussion Performing Arts Festival, Rhythm De Pasión comprises of individuals from different walks of life and a variety of musical backgrounds. Through their infectious beats and energetic performances, it is no wonder that the band has made a name for themselves in the local music scene.
Tracing the origins of this raucous percussion band, we learnt that Rhythm De Pasión was formed back in 2007 while most of the band members were still pursuing their diploma. Despite having very different musical foundations (some based in traditional malay music while others played in local rock bands), their common love for percussive sounds eventually led them to each other and the rest as they always say, is history. Instead of being an obstacle, the multicultural musical knowledge that each member brought to the table would later prove to be their defining difference, playing an integral part in the creation of their very own unique brand of music.
Five years on, the band has since come a long way. From frequenting both local and international music acts at the Esplanade in search of inspiration and different ways to improve themselves, to being specially invited to perform at the World Percussion Performing Arts Festival this year in Geumsan, Korea, Rhythm De Pasión is living proof that anything is possible with passion and heart. Having invested the better part of their past four months on intensive rehearsals, the band aims to take the festival by storm and fly the Singaporean flag high.
Performing on an international stage overseas for the very first time, Rhythm De Pasión hopes that this festival will serve as a platform for future opportunities to travel around the world, share their love for music and do our country proud. With all that they’ve achieved thus far and an even brighter future ahead of them, Rhythm De Pasión is definitely a born and bred Singaporean band to look out for!