This is the recording of the Isha prayer in the Jamae Chinatown Mosque, Singapore. While was walking through Chinatown and passed through the mosque, I heard the prayer leader leading the prayer. His sound was emitted through the speaker with a less loud volume. Without permission, I went into the yard of the mosque and recorded these sounds. In the background, you can hear the sound of vehicles passing by the South Bridge Road. The atmosphere in the Jamae Mosque that night was so divine. The leader of the prayer led the prayer with the reading of “basmalah” and was followed by the people in the mosque.
Jamae Mosque itself is the oldest mosque in Singapore, which was built in 1826 by the Chulia people, the Tamil Moslems from the Coromandel beach in South India. That’s the reason why this mosque is also known as the Chulia Mosque. It’s presence along with the Sri Mariamman temple has been a distinctive accent of the life in Chinatown nowadays. Its presence with all the sounds that are born is also a portrait of diversity especially in Singapore, or Southeast Asia in general.