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ARTICLE: DEAF PEOPLE'S MUSIC (LIANHE ZAOBAO; 27 JULY 2012)


Translated by our volunteer in English Language:

DEAF PEOPLE'S MUSIC

"Youth Deaf Generation" percussion band is formed by Deaf, age range from 19 years old to 33 years old. Five years ago, having the enthusiasm towards percussion, founder Goh Lily (35 years old) and Yew Hau En (23 years old) gathered a few Deaf friends and formed the band.

Their world maybe silence, but their impact of their enthusiasm is "Deaf-ening".

Every Saturday, sound of enthusiastic drummings could be heard, coming out from a corner in the Singapore YMCA building.

There is an abnormal quiet between the surging rhythm. Every youth in the practice studio put up a smile on their face and hold on to their instruments during practice. However, there wasn't any conversation going on between them. After the practice, they placed their instruments on the floor and started to converse using sign language.

This band named "Youth Deaf Generation" percussion band is formed by Deaf, age range from 19 years old to 33 years old. Five years ago, having the enthusiasm towards percussion, founder Goh Lily (35 years old) and Yew Hau En (23 years old) gathered a few Deaf friends and formed the band.

Yew Hau En mentioned, most of the members have monaural hearing loss, and some are weak in hearing. Therefore, they need more practice than others, and with the guidance of body movements in order to ensure the performance goes well. 

Although this is a small band but they have big aspiration. They hope to perform overseas and bright hope and light to the other Deaf through their music.

Goh Lily mentioned: "Many people thought Deaf can't speak, can't play instruments, therefore I hope through our performance can break the myth/misconception and at the same time we can breakthrough this misconception and encourage other Deaf."