Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita

A Fundraiser In Aid Of Wild Rice
29 & 30 Oct 2021, 6pm & 9pm

Wild Rice @ Funan

“We were so touched and so deeply moved by the show. As a 61-year-old man who just had a national medal given to me, I can say that I have never felt my Singaporeaness more deeply than I did tonight.”

Jeremy Monteiro (Cultural Medallion Winner, 2002, and Public Service Medal Recipient, 2021)

Thank you so much for wanting to support Wild Rice. Be among the first audiences in Singapore to watch Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita! This spectacular musical tribute to Zubir Said takes the place of Wild Rice’s traditional Rice Ball, and serves as a critical fundraiser for us in these difficult times.

Why We Need Your Support

The past 18 months have been devastating for Singapore’s performing arts industry. Wild Rice was compelled to close its theatre for eight months during last year’s circuit-breaker, and twice again this year. This has resulted in the cancellation of 12 productions and a substantial loss of $1.5M in revenue.

In the face of these difficult times, Wild Rice has valiantly pressed on, even whilst operating at just 25% to 40% of our theatre’s capacity. With the aid of last year’s virtual Rice Ball, we have managed to achieve the following:

  • Staged 190 performances across 14 productions.
  • Entertained more than 18,000 audience members.
  • Provided more than 500 jobs for freelancers in the performing arts industry.       
  • Engaged over 1,500 students and young people through our educational and community outreach programmes.

The support that we receive from the Rice Ball is a crucial lifeline that underpins the important work we do. It is therefore heartbreaking that we cannot come together as we have in years past, due to prevailing health and safety regulations.

In its place, this premiere of Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita will be a crucial fundraiser for us. By bringing your friends and family to this event, you will be making a vital contribution to Wild Rice’s survival – literally our “Rice Bowl”. You will be helping to secure our future and the livelihoods of the many people who work with us, as we navigate the long and challenging road to recovery.

About The Event

Uplifting, thought-provoking and exhilarating in equal measure, Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita celebrates the life and legacy of Zubir Said, the late, great composer of Singapore’s National Anthem and beloved classics such as Semoga Bahagia.

The show is written and performed by Julian Wong, one of the country’s leading music directors, and directed with keen insight and visual flair by Cultural Medallion winner Ivan Heng. Representing Wild Rice at its very best, Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita is exciting theatre that brings together people from all walks of life, nurtures new talent, and leaves a legacy for future generations.

The dress code for this event is Orang Singapura (People of Singapore), so come in your best national dress!

How You Can Help

We would be so grateful for your support. Donation options from $500 to $10,000 are available for packages of 2, 5 and 10 seats.

Seating will be allocated in line with the latest health advisories.
All donations will be eligible for 250% tax deduction.

For visitor safety information, click here.

Zubir Said made history with his music. In 1958, he composed Majulah Singapura – the iconic song that has galvanised our nation, and is still sung all over the island to this very day. But there is so much more to Zubir Said’s remarkable career than the song that has come to define it.

Intent on pursuing his dream of becoming a musician, he defied his father’s wishes and left his village in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, to settle in Singapore. Over 40 years, he became one of the pioneers of Singapore’s nascent music industry – composing close to 1,500 songs as well as countless film scores. Later in his life, Zubir Said dedicated all his energies to teaching children how to read, play and love music.

Wild Rice invites you to come and meet the man behind the melody we all know by heart. In this joyful, moving and inspiring celebration of Zubir Said’s life and legacy, Julian Wong – one of Singapore’s most acclaimed music directors – pays loving tribute to his teacher’s teacher. Directed with keen insight and visual flair by Cultural Medallion winner Ivan Heng, this production evokes the style and glamour of a 1960s television variety show by incorporating fabulous period costumes and archival footage from Singapore’s golden age of cinema.

Accompanied by some of Singapore’s most accomplished musicians and young vocalists, Julian will bring you the best of Zubir Said’s songbook – from beloved classics like Semoga Bahagia, Sayang Disayang and Orang Singapura, to rare musical gems long thought to have been lost forever.

You’ll never sing ‘Mari Kita’ in the same way again!


Julian Wong
Abdul Wafi Abdul Rashid
Hannah Nordin
Rohaniah Sa’id


Pianist Julian Wong
Acoustic Guitarist Leonard Mikhail
Percussionist Riduan Zalani
Cellist Ryan Sim
Electric Bassist Colin Yong

Composer / Lyricist Zubir Said
Writer / Music Director / Arranger Julian Wong
Director / Set Designer Ivan Heng
Dramaturg Alfian Sa’at
Lighting Designer Alberta Wileo
Sound Designer Lim Cheng Yi
Choreographer Hafeez Hassan
Multimedia Designer He Shuming
Costume Designer Frederick Lee
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-Up Designer Bobbie Ng