Singapore rock music legend Zul Sutan dies aged 61

Zul, whose full name is Zulkifli Sutan, was the singer and guitarist for Tania, which formed in 1976. . (PHOTO: Zul Sutan / Facebook)

Local music icon Zul Sutan, the frontman of rock band Tania, died in hospital at the age of 61 on Wednesday (5 December).

Posting on Facebook, Zul’s family said he passed on peacefully at 5.15pm and will be buried on Thursday after Muslim prayer rites. The family has invited the public to attend the funeral.


Zul, whose full name is Zulkifli Sutan, was the singer and guitarist for Tania, which formed in 1976. The band was once a fixture at Harry’s Bar at Orchard Towers.

Zul was known for his soulful rock performances. He released an acclaimed solo album titled Zul in 1992, which included his self-written song Beat the Drums. He received the Artistic Excellence Award from the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore in September this year.

Tania wrote on Twitter, “The lion sleeps tonight. Rest in peace, Zul Sutan. We’ll miss you, big brother.”

A number of local musicians, including singer-songwriter Randolf Arriola and jazz singer Dawn Ho also paid tribute to Zul over social media.

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