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Frank Turner and Sia lead the charge with new music this week

Frank Turner and Sia lead the charge with new music this week

Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more Stay ahead of the curve with our weekly guide to the latest trends, fashion, relationships and more Punk singer Frank Turner returns with force on his 10th studio album, while a host of famous faces star on Australian singer-songwriter Sia’s new record. – Frank Turner – Undefeated Forever heartfelt, vital and crazily inconsistent, Turner veers as always from searing political commentary to derivative punk shoutalongs and from heartfelt ballads to saccharine sentimentality on this 10th studio album. Entering his forties, the ageing process is a constant theme and Ceasefire opens with “Fifteen-year-old Francis, we need to have a word”. Somewhere Inbetween references the same age and forms part of a subdued, lovely closing trio with On My Way – echoing the wonderful Jet Lag from 2009’s Love, Ire and Song – and the closing title track, which takes cues from regular tour-mates Skinny Lister’s album-ending ballad Broken, Bruised And Battered from last year. Set against the punky opening …

Is the Southbank ready for Chaka Khan?

Is the Southbank ready for Chaka Khan?

And she never lost momentum. With all those floorfillers, she was one of the hardest-working musicians around, really putting in the yards for her Queen of Funk tag and those 10 Grammys. Having been active on the music scene since she was 17 — following a spell in the ranks of the Black Panthers (‘I almost forgot about that!’) — she was asked to join funk band Rufus in 1972. At the time she was approached by Ike Turner to become an Ikette (a chance she turned down, but a decade later she spent time in his studio; ‘I loved Tina!’ she says). Despite a bumpy start, the band were helped out by a certain Mr Wonder who wrote a number of songs for Chaka, including the band’s breakthrough ‘Tell Me Something Good’ in 1974. By 1978, with in-band politics proving stormy and interest in the frontwoman who also proved a dab hand at drums and bass, she’d inked a solo deal. ‘We became friends,’ she says. ‘Rufus toured with Stevie for nearly two years. …

50 SIA, Scoot cabin crew members to volunteer at hospitals under new agreement

50 SIA, Scoot cabin crew members to volunteer at hospitals under new agreement

The agreement builds on the collaboration that started in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, said MOH, PSD and SIA Group. “The trilateral MOU strengthens our national collective resilience and agility to respond to future crises,” they added. MOH, PSD, and the SIA Group will collaborate in two key areas: Training and volunteer deployment of cabin crew to care roles, and tabletop exercises to stress test Singapore’s crisis response protocols. The MOU was signed by Permanent Secretary (Health) Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (Development) Teoh Zsin Woon, and SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong. “While the SIA Group had surplus manpower at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many public sector organisations needed more staff on the frontlines,” said Mr Goh. “Working closely with MOH and PSD, we successfully transitioned over 2,000 of our people to roles with various public agencies and healthcare institutions. “Being exposed to different types of support roles also benefitted our people, who used their experience and new skills to enhance our customer service.” The MOU establishes a pathway to redeploy SIA Group …