Singapore Chinatown busker with beautiful voice dies, PM Lee sends condolences

The talented singer used to do many live performances but later suffered from a medical condition which made her unable to stand for long periods which was when she took to busking with a group called the ETC

Photo: Facebook screengrab

Singapore – Known for her beautiful voice which was captured on social media busker Tong Yek Xuan, popularly known as Tang Yu Xuan, passed away on March 10 (Sunday).

While Ms Tang may not be a common name in the industry as a solo artist, she has written songs for popular artists such as Andy Lau, Joi Chua, and Valen Hsu Ru Yun.

She was also a backup singer for Kit Chan, Lau, and Stephanie Sun.

Catch her in action below while she sings a rendition of the Cantonese song, Boundless Oceans, Vast Skies, in Chinatown.

Chinatown aunty sing so nice, better than dong dong qiang songs

Posted by Singapore Peasant on Monday, 28 January 2019

According to a friend of Ms Tang, singing has been her passion and source of income for decades now. Her first gig was at the Ark Music Café back in 1993.

The talented singer used to be active in songwriting and live performances, but due to her medical condition, it became difficult for her to stand for extended periods of time. Ms Tang, not letting her condition dampen her passion for music, created a band called The ETC (闲杂人等) in 2016.

The group has been busy busking in places like Chinatown, Hougang, Kovan, and Ang Mo Kio, singing Mandarin, Cantonese and English classics.

Video of Chinatown busker wows all, turns out to be a local singer

The well-loved singer and vocal instructor’s passing came as a shock to friends and fans.

PM Lee sends his condolences

Upon hearing of the 48-year-old singer’s death, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent his condolences through a Facebook post on the same day of her passing.

He shared how he met Ms Tang, “a talented and accomplished songwriter,” and The ETC at a dinner he recently attended.

He wrote:

“Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Mdm Tong Yek Xuan (唐玉璇), also known by her stage name Yu Xuan. I had just met her and her group 闲杂人等 The ETC, on Friday, when they performed at a dinner I attended.

She was a talented singer and accomplished songwriter. When not at her day job as a vocal coach, her passion for music would see her with her group busking in the heartlands, often at Hougang Mall. Due to her medical condition, she could not stand for long periods, and sang sitting on a chair or wheelchair.

Singapore has lost a musical talent. My condolences to Yek Xuan’s family. – LHL

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早上得知玉璇逝世的消息,感到很憾。上个星期五晚上观赏了她的闲杂人等人表演。

玉璇是一名秀的歌手和作曲家。她也是一名声。因为热爱,她常会和闲杂人等合在街表演,出在后港物坊。然身体不是很好,不持着她的音。你可能都看她,然坐着椅不过还是以亮的声音献唱。

新加坡的乐坛失去了一颗闪亮的星星。安息吧玉璇。显龙

Shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Mdm Tong Yek Xuan (唐玉璇), also known by her stage name Yu Xuan. I had…

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, 10 March 2019

For those who wish to send their condolences to Ms Tang, a memorial service will be held at Blk 105 Aljunied Crescent, from March 10-14, 6 pm onwards.

The cremation will take place on March 14 at the Mandai Crematorium Service Hall 3.

讣告我们怀着沉痛的心情宣向大家宣告:音乐老师,歌手,和音天使,我们的音乐伙伴 唐玉璇 女士于今日凌晨3月10日因病不治,在家英年仙世,享年48岁。告别仪式定于:地点:Blk 105…

Posted by 闲杂人等 The ETC on Saturday, 9 March 2019

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