8 Powerful Music Collaborations That Formed During the Pandemic Lockdown

Proving that technology brings communities remotely together.
Friday 8 May 2020
Technology successfully brought communities remotely together despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: AFP

People around the world are dealing with the new normal in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has forced billions into isolation. This includes live-broadcasted television shows like America’s singing competition, The Voice.

The solution is a partnership between Microsoft and NBC have paired to wrap up the current season of four-time Emmy Award-winning series. Just like many other jobs, the show had to go remote in order to continue.

In the recent episode, superstar coaches, including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and John Legend, provided their feedback to the contestants using Microsoft Teams from their home locations. On the other end, the participating artists vying for the top prize are also using the same application.

The power of technology has certainly played a huge role in various music collaborations that has taken place throughout the ongoing pandemic lockdowns. Here are a few of our favourites:

Global Citizen’s Powerhouse Quartet

Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang perform “The Prayer” during One World: Together At Home on 18 April. We still get goosebumps watching this epic performance.

The Tonight Show Gang Reunited

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots put a smile on our faces with a cute video featuring several American healthcare professionals.

A Heartfelt Duet

Powered by Maxis, Zee Avi, Faizal Tahir and various celebrity friends, including Ning Baizura, Nabila Razali, As’ad Motawh, Alyssa Dezek, Nanasheme, Syada Amzah, Wafiy, Jestinna Kuan, Reshma, Ellya Keesha, Tilla Hanna, Adam Sang, and Jay C get together for “Make It Through”. The more you stream this music video, the more proceeds will be raised as donations to Yayasan Kebajikan Negara to help those in need.

The NHS Choir Channel Their Inner Mariah Carey

Members of Breathe Harmony, the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS staff choir run by Breathe Arts Health Research recreated Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend”. It was produced by musical director, Mike King and MyCool Music Foundation, bringing singers together to show their appreciation for the NHS.

Some of Singapore’s Best Tells You To “Stay Home”

Universal Music Singapore showcases the impeccable talent of their roster of current favourites. This pool of talented individuals includes the likes of ABANGSAPAU, Aisyah Aziz, Alif, Charlie Lim, Dee Kosh, Fariz Jabba, Hashy, Iman, ShiGGa Shay, Shye, Tosh Rock, YAØ, Yung Raja, Zadon.

Iconic Boyband’s Special Treat for Fans

The legendary, New Kids on the Block spread a lot of cheer with their latest track featuring iconic music stars like Boyz II Men and Naughty By Nature. There are cameo appearances by other celebrities too so see how many you can spot from the video.

A Foo Fighters’ Classic Brought Back to Life

Some of the world’s biggest music artists collaborate on an extraordinary BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” from their own homes. The band themselves including, frontman, Dave Grohl joins this massive collaborated performance alongside artists like Anne Marie, Jess Glynn, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

When Indonesia’s Artists Empower Their People

16 Indonesian musicians joined the bandwagon by releasing, “Menjaga Dunia”, dedicated to the country and the rest of the world currently battling COVID-19. The song was written and produced by Ade and features Rian from d’Masiv, Anji, Judika, Titi J, Lala Karmela, Vivi Aldiano, Pamungkas, Rizky Febian, Cita Citata, Ilham and Neida from HIVI!, Claudia Emmanuela and Ifan from Govinda.