‘Lullaby Nomad’ is the opener from Joanna Dong‘s finely crafted debut released last September. The album is a collection of humble luxuries, with hopes to pacify each childlike soul, and comprises songs with lyrics both in English and Mandarin. “Lullaby Nomad is the story of a mother who travels in search for songs to sing to her baby. One for every day of the week,” Joanna adds. “The music is the only luxury she can afford for her child, and her voice, the infant’s only comfort. Translating and rewriting the lyrics to popular bossa nova standard So Nice, as well as afro-cuban jazz instrumental Afro Blue, I hope to refresh existing notions of Mandarin jazz music that equate the “Old Shanghai” style.”
Joanna has been into music for quite some time; flitting between styles, spheres and contexts, soaking up everything from opera to folk songs, she now concentrates on jazz. “I used to mimic my father as he bellowed Pavarotti and Domingo around the house. My father’s love for European operatic singing, coupled with the karaoke-fever of that era -it was in the 80s- favoring mandarin oldies and folk songs, certainly laid the foundations for the diversity of singing styles I was eventually to experiment with.”
Lullaby Nomad can be purchased from Sembawang Music Centre, The Asylum and Casual Poet.