Singapore mourns the loss of pioneering singer-musician Abdul Nizam


Beautiful words touching on the loss of life has been pouring in online for the recent passing of Abdul Nizam of pioneering Singapore bands such as The Nonames and The Oddfellows (Music from both bands streaming below – including a LIVE song recorded from a show in 1987).

Our hearts go out to his family and friends…

Read some of the messages down below…here is the announcement from The Nonames themselves:

“It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to announce that the singer-songwriter, and drummer of the NoNames, Abdul Nizam has passed away. I just found out from a good friend, that Nizam had been battling cancer for quite some time, and he had succumbed last night.

I will always remember Nizam as a jovial, humble and loveable man with a big, generous heart, and most of all as a soulful singer and performer who always commanded your attention every time he took to the stage with his band.

Here’s to you, buddy! Hope you can get to make beautiful music with your heroes like the Lynyrd Skynyrd boys, Lou Reed, David Bowie and all.

– Ivan Thomasz, Admin”

Little Ong:

“It’s with sadness to find out that singer-songwriter, and drummer of the NoNames, Abdul Nizam has passed away last night after a battle with cancer. RIP Nizam.”

Suhaimi Subandie:

“Last time I saw Nizam was at the Sound Steady Saturday gig last year. He & his amazing team was shooting LC93 & other bands for his short documentary. This comes as a shock to me…

Joe Kidd:

“Just been hit by a tonne of bricks. At this point nobody is saying what happened but apparently my old friend Nizam from pioneering Singapore’s bands THE NONAMES and THE ODDFELLOWS (and several other projects during the 90s) is no longer with us. Innalillah. Al-Fatihah to the family and friends.

Lithe Parlogue:

“We are saddened by the news of Abdul Nizam passing. We personally remember him as the charming nice guy from NoNames.”

Patrick Ching:

“RIP Abdul Nizam.

The Nonames were the band that blew me away at the monumental 1987 No Surrender concert. I became a huge fan and was stalking the band, going to their jam sessions and hanging out with them. I learnt how to play drums by watching Nizam and he would sometimes let me play drums in the jamming studio with The Nonames. Later on, Vincent Mun Choy Lee would become bassist for The Oddfellows and Nizam played drums on many songs on “Teenage Head”, including “So Happy”. When Casey left for studies in the States, Nizam played all the drums on The Oddies’ second album, “Carnival” and was our drummer for most of our live shows, including the time we went up to KL in early ’92. Thanks for the memories and the good times. You will be missed.”

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