KOTA KINABALU: The sixth Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival kicked off with a series of rousing performances by both local and foreign acts, including the famed local RIMBA band, as well as Raisa Adriana, the new star in the music industry in Indonesia.
Raisa first appeared in Mac Muzik Indonesia in 2011 with the single, ‘Serba Salah’ and received positive response from fans.
Her second single, entitled ‘Apalah’ released in July 2011 received the same effect with music enthusiasts.
In addition, accompanied by Albert Sirimal, Jamie Wilson and Badar, The Amir Yusoff Acoustic Project showcased music from Amir’s illustrious 25 years in the music industry.
The AIM award-winning singer-songwriter, who made his name in the mid-1990s, has re-invented his career as a roots-based acoustic artiste.
Also performing at the KK Jazz Festival at the Sutera Habour Marine, Gold and Country Club’s covered tennis court here last night was award winning Juwita Suwito who began her solo career in 2004 with the release of her award winning album ‘Brand New World’.
Her debut performances at the Yamaha Endorsee Showcase at Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur and the Main Stage of the Penang Island Jazz Festival have drawn instant recognition.
There will be more performances lined up for the second day of the festival, including artistes Winnie Ho, UMS Big Band, The Asif & Rene Jazz Band, Angelina Perete, Johnny Rodgers Band, Roger Wang Trio and Rio Sidik.
The annual fund raising jazz festival was jointly organized by Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS).
A total of 15 groups from Indonesia, the US and all over Malaysia were invited to perform at the event.
Proceeds from the event will be channeled towards funding community projects run by RCKK, such as the clean water project, literacy programme in rural areas in Sabah and environment protection programmes.