Formed in November 2011, the Nadi Singapura ensemble is made up of young, aspiring and impartial musos who believe in uplifting their traditional drums and percussions like no other. Nadi, which means 'pulse' or 'flow of consciousness' in Malay, features the most common Malayan drums found in Singapore namely the kompang, rebana, jidur and gendang in their performances. The ensemble is led by two renowned individuals in the Singapore Malay Arts scene, Rebana artisan, Yaziz Hassan and prominent drummer/ percussionist, Riduan Zalani. Both founders aim to position Nadi Singapura as a dynamic ensemble which adopts an innovative approach in the use of the Malay Archipelago drums.
Nadi Singapura Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council's Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022 and is registered as a charity organisation under the Charities Act.