During our visit to Singapore, we’re staying in a friend-of-a-friend’s apartment. We’re so thankful for this opportunity, which is saving us tons of money! The apartment is on the 23rd floor of a high-rise, so things are generally pretty quiet. A few days ago I could faintly hear some rhythmic singing and clapping, and we could not figure out where it was coming from. I finally went out on the balcony and spotted them – a group of singing, clapping, and martial-arts-dancing people gathered in a circle. It was too far away to really see what was happening, so I went and grabbed the video camera.
This is the video I shot from the balcony, 23 floors up. In addition, they were across the river and a few blocks away, so this was quite a distance! Somehow the sound carried all the way up to us, but the quality isn’t too great. This is one of those times when I was kicking myself for not having brought along our shotgun microphone! You can tell how far away I am because of how the sound doesn’t seem to quite line up.
The video is a little over 3 minutes, but they danced for closer to 30.
This really reminded me of Capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial arts tradition, and after some quick internet research it turns out that I was probably correct. You can read about the group here, where they were featured on a Singaporean website.
This is one thing I didn’t expect to see in Singapore!