Widely known as the first runner-up on the Chinese reality TV singing competition, The Sing-Off China, MICappella is a Singapore vocal band with a contagious energy, bringing a professional, passionate and edgy spin to a cappella performances around the world.
The band made history on the 2013 Singapore Hit Awards becoming the first-ever vocal band to be nominated for 4 awards where they received the prestigious Media Recommendation Award for Best Local Artiste. They were also awarded the Favourite Asian A Cappella Group award from the 2013 A Cappella Community Awards (ACAs), based in USA.
Since then, the band has gone on to represent Singapore at the Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival, became the first-ever Singaporean band to perform at the London A Cappella Festival, co-headlined the professional showcase at SOJAM, in USA, North Carolina and have shared the stage with British rock band, Suede, Korean superstars, Girls Generation, Khalil Fong, The Swingle Singers and more.
With their unique blend of English and Mandarin pop, rock, dance and ballads, MICappella never fails to leave their audiences yearning for more.
Acapellago is a Filipino contemporary a cappella group originating from Bulacan, Philippines. The group is composed of five young artists who share the same passion in singing, and was founded in November 2012. The name Acapellago came about from the group’s advocacy to help spread contemporary a cappella music to the Philippine archipelago and to the whole world.
The group has honed its craft by the numerous music events it has competed in. Starting with Talentadong Maloleño in 2012 in which APG won as the Grand Champion. Acapellago was also the very first Grand Champion of Akapela Open, a prestigious contemporary a cappella competition in the Philippines spearheaded by Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, One Meralco Foundation and PLDT-Smart Foundation.
With these accolades the group was awarded by the province of Bulacan as one of the Gintong Kabataan 2014 Special Citation For Music. In July 2015 Acapellago gave honor to the country when they bagged the Gold Award and reigned as the Grand Champion of the A Cappella Championships 2015 (International Category) held in ITE College Central, Singapore besting other top a cappella groups from all over Asia. October 2015, the group won back their crown as the Grand Champions of the Akapela Open 2015 and was accorded Best in Arrangement.
The group was also recognized by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) as one of the outstanding Filipinos in the field of music and received the Ani Ng Dangal (Harvest of Honor) trophy.
In August 2015, the group signed with Viva Records. In less than a year since, Acapellago posted a video of themselves singing the popular ditty “Tatlong Bibe” that has since gone viral with millions of netizens watching. The group subsequently released a digital track version of “Tatlong Bibe” and is now one of the most in-demand musical guests on TV today. The group was also chosen as one of the interpreters for PhilPop 2016 songwriting competition in which they sang “Stars Are Aligned.” Acapellago is also the latest endorser of the Rebisco brand biscuit.
In the same year, they bagged the 1st runner-up prize as they represent the Philippines in Vocal Asia Festival's 3rd Asian A Cappella Cup in Taitung, Taiwan. To date the group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, to inspire many young artist in contemporary a cappella singing and contribute to the Philippine’s music and performing arts heritage.
School Showcase Groups
Republic Rhapsody is Republic Polytechnic’s A Cappella Interest Group, comprising individuals who come together with a common passion for music in a raw and diverse form. Having performed at many major events at prominent venues such as the Esplanade, Kallang Theatre, University Cultural Centre, The Republic Cultural Centre, as well as RP’s major Festivals such as Reflections and Momentum, Rhapsody aims to explore their boundaries and develop their style and craft.
After clinching the title of Champions by Voxicated at the A Cappella Championships in 2015 and 1st Runner’Up by Amptitude in 2016 (both for College Category), the members of Republic Rhapsody has continued to grow and become a more unified and distinct group of singers.
The group is currently under the mentorship of Mr Vaughan Tan from the veteran Singapore a capella group, Key Elements.
Voxicated and Amptitude will be performing a 10-minute set each.
NUS Resonance (Photography by Lionel Lin)
Formed in 2001, Resonance is an a cappella CCA under the NUS Cultural Activities Club, made up of people bound by a common love for singing. Members come from diverse musical backgrounds, and they sing just about anything — from contemporary pop to choral, alternative rock to swing, and even the occasional techno tune.
Resonance continually strives towards promoting a greater awareness of a cappella music in and outside of campus. To date, their most satisfying achievements would include clinching the top position in the local National A Cappella Championships (2006 - 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015), and their biennale concert series, Vocal Obsession and The Inside Edition. Internationally, they have also won A Cappella competitions in Korea and Taiwan.
NUS Resonance will be performing a 10-minute set.