Red Dot Stories


The kompang, a small Malay drum, is mainly played at weddings by troupes of performers specially hired for the event. Teruna Panca De’lima, one of several such troupes in Singapore, stands out for their traditional style of playing. For most of the week, Mohammad “Nizham” Khairulnizham, 33, patrols the streets around Orchard Road as a plainclothes police officer, blending seamlessly into the hordes of shoppers. On weekends, however, all eyes are on him and his bandmates as they usher brides or bridegrooms up the aisle, playing the kompang and singing at the top of their voices. Nizham is one of…