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Innovative musician and activist Subhas Nair released his new album, Tabula Rasa/Tak Boleh Rasa, direct to fans via Telegram. He talks to Sean Francis Han (Wake Up Singapore) and PJ Thum about the music on this album, unpacks its complex commentary of politics and society, and explains his decision to bypass conventional distribution channels – even streaming platforms – to sell his music direct to his audience.

To purchase the album:

This episode is a collaboration with Wake Up, Singapore. You can find out more about them online on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is Managing Director of New Naratif and a historian at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, his work centres on Southeast Asian governance and politics. His most recent work is Living with Myths in Singapore (Ethos: 2017, co-edited with Loh Kah Seng and Jack Chia). Reach him at

Sean Francis Han is editor-in-chief at Wake Up Singapore, one of Singapore's largest alternative media platforms. He has worked with civil society groups such as Project X and The Online Citizen Asia, and is currently doing an MA in Literature and Philosophy at NUS. His current work seeks to bring theory and revolutionary ideas to everyone, through reading groups, talks and other media.

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