The Jinkli Nona song shares a complex web of historical connections across communities and nationalities, largely drawing on influences from the Portuguese Asian diaspora. Traditionally, the Portuguese used the accordion and other handheld instruments to play the Jinkli Nona tune. In Singapore, sound recordings may be used at community or national performances. However, at family events such as weddings, the tune would be sung by family members, and the lyrics would be improvised as part of the festivities.
Branyo dance, known as a “flirtatious dance” as it is always danced in pairs and dancers move towards and away from their partners, but never touch. Some dance gestures are gender-specific. For example, women keep their hands raised in the air as they turn, while the men keep theirs on their waists.
The costumes reflect the traditional folk dancing costumes in the region of Minho, Portugal. The women’s costume consists of a red sleeveless dress, a white shirt, a black belt, and a headscarf. The dress is elaborately embroidered with colourful flowers. Men wear black pants, a long-sleeved white shirt, a cummerbund, and a hat.