Thursday, June 23, 2011

【沙巴新鲜事】亚庇 : 第五届Jazz音乐会 Latest in Sabah - Happening 5th KK Jazz Festival (2011)

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Here goes my KK Jazz Festival 2011 -

Attended the 5th KK Jazz Festival (2011) with meatball and friends which held at the covered Tennis Court of Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club consecutively for years during the month of June. And, it was my second year attending such a well known event. :) Read the 4th KK Jazz Festival (click here) that I have attended last year!

Eventually, KK Jazz Festival 2011 was successful and its better than the previous I have attended.

Let the photographs SPEAK!! :

- Serena C, the Emcee and SIA Little Jazz Band from K.K., Sabah -

KK Jazz Festial 2011 invited Serena C from Mix FM, which I'm more favour to listen to their radio station the whole day while I'm in my office. Don't say you don't know about her if you listen to English songs from different generation!

SIA Little Jazz Band impressed the judges during Sabah Jazz Talent Search and they performed a good show that night on their first ever public performance (I assumed). Unexpectedly, Sabah have a lot talented youngsters with different interests that haven't been  realised yet. FYI, all the band members are students of Sabah Institute of Arts! *Sabah Boleh!* :D

GUESS WHAT??!! I saw a group of youngster of boys and girls (seems like) at the Graffiti building in town last Sunday (Fathers' Day) and they were playing drums and other music instruments together! It caught my eye and shows another face of Kota Kinabalu! Besides, I saw tourists taking pictures of them too! :)

- The beautifully decorated Covered Tennis Court of Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club -

Something different about the layout and design of KK Jazz Festival this year, there's a little stage at the middle, besides the front stage; less boring black chairs in front of the stage while more tables of 5/ 6 for friends and family to gather around for drinks and enjoying the performance going on. And, the show was crowded with people (front and behind) and I think there's audiences who can't find seats for themselves!

- Our tickets and Bandwidth Magazine that only can be found in Sabah! -

I attended the 2nd Day of the Jazz Festival while meatball attended both of the Day and she's enjoying herself with friends! She keeps repeating the 1st Day was great although its mainly performed by Malaysian. However, the little stage in the middle of the Covered Tennis Court was for the Day 2 or Day 1 performers to perform a short Jazz music, so that audience won't be waiting for the front stage to be ready for the next performers.

- Her voice was beautiful -

I can't recall her name, but I do recognise one of the band member with blonde hair which I saw him once in a while in K.K. area.

- Spice of Tones from Labuan, Malaysia -

Labuan's very own local Jazz Band which combines old (traditional) and modern genres in their music. I like the concept of combining both of them, listening to modern songs and did not forget about the old ones.

- Spice of Tones from Labuan, Malaysia -

I'm amazed with this. He was playing a traditional music instruments of Malaysia you know or not!!??

- Friends I hanged out with during KK Jazz Festival held on last Saturday -

Chilling the night with them. :) Glad they have a lot of fun at the event. We danced, we laugh and one of them even helped me to take nearer photographs of some of the artists performed nearer to our table. And, luckily she was happy and okay for doing so, the good thing is she had a clearer and nearer view of those artists that night! (^_^)

- Snacks, Drinks, Liquors, Beers and more delicious food by Sutera Harbour  -

The price was reasonable for the food prepared hot! Its cost me RM6.00 for two large spring roll (Popiah), which I thought it cost RM6.00 for one only at the first place, RM5.00 for french fries, RM2.00 for Cokes and other soft drinks and RM20.00 for a glass of liquor.

An advice from me, it would be nice to have a alcoholic drinks in hand while enjoying the music festival going on. Oh stop! I didn't drink that night. ;P 

- Mariko Hatta, the well known pianist from Japan and famous Violinist -

Special performance by Mariko Hatta only on the second day of KK Jazz Festival. I'm feeling grateful that I could see her performed that night, she sings heavenly with touching feelings of love in both of her songs.

My ear didn't leave from her music and lyrics even though I'm waiting for T to arrive at the main entrance standing like a nut over there. =__=

The first song was "Mariko" and the second was dedicated to Malaysia "Thank You Malaysia", as a token of appreciation that we, Malaysian lend a hand in terms of monetary and goods during the Tsunami incident in Japan few months ago. :)

- Public having fun! -

When the night goes on with musics and drinks all around, people gonna be swaying with the music. :) And tends to forget the people around. JUST DANCED I TOLD MY FRIENDS. People don't know who are you after that, even they saw you in the middle of their shopping. LOL :D

Awww~~~~ It reminded me the Music Festival in Liverpool (click) during my studies back Year 2008. :') The whole Liverpool was closed for such event! OMG!

- The Benjamin Lackner Trio from USA, Germany and Paris -

- Malaysian Chinese Bossa Nova Singer Z Yan from K.L. -

If I never listened to her song that night, I never knew Malaysia has such a famous Jazz singer. She is beautiful, talented with sweet voice and melted your heart if you were here. *love* 

People maybe wondering what kind of Jazz I like, I love Michael Buble's kind of Jazz!! And any other Jazz music I'm came across although I might not know who are them.

- Juzzie Smith from Australia -

Wow! He was one of the artist who everyone were interested to know about! He could combine few music instruments (guitars, harmonica and percussion) at one time and played a wonderful music. Totally, caught my eye and can't stop looking at his performance and certainly mind-blowing mastery by Juzzie. 

His unique music embraced folks, blues and groovy elements and feeling impressed with his harmonica performance when he just performed, he changed his harmonica from one to another within minutes for different section of in the song he played. His "choo choo" (the sound of train) played with faster rhythm one after another.

See how he performed by combining few music instruments!


- Me and Juzzie Smith! -

Approached him for a photograph and my friend too!

The one and only photo that I could show off. hehehe *shy shy*

- Aseana Percussion Unit from K.L. -

The last performer to end the show with great memory!

Aseana Percussion Unit, a fusion group that combines Malaysian Cultural Rhythms, Music and Instruments together with Western Musical elements to create its own unique musical style. 

I really love their concept! The way they performed and the music they played. *thumb up* Different colour of blouses represent different culture and FYI, the Drummer is an Indian, I never saw Indian played on stage or in any other performance or show before and this was my first!! An eye opener for me*

Watch the video!!


Working together as a team, be friends with one another without racism.

- Aseana Percussion Unit from K.L. -

He played music using his old comb he said -__-, the comb he was using when he got hair and he played well and nice to listen to. :) Try blowing with your comb! See whether you can do it or not? hahaha :D

- Aseana Percussion Unit from K.L. -

We danced together!

See the video and learn some moves from there!


Everybody following their order on stage! And, I'm busying taking photographs of them. :P

- The dancing pool -

There's more people dancing this year and I think its full of local and international visitors! I didn't go forward to dance around, because.... my sandal strips spoiled..... I think next year I'm gonna be one of them infront, in case my whatever footwear spoiled again (touched wood), I'm gonna be KAKI AYAM (not wearing shoe) and walk forward! Yay! 

Yea~ My friends have fun and for goodness sake, they were sweating crazily! Even though, I'm sitting at my seat while looking after their belonging, I'm having fun from my seat lar~ Still okay lar~

- The crow getting high! -

Feeling like a G6? Neh~ Aseana Percussion Unit bring the whole crowd gone hype (super excited) until the end!

You know what? Aseana sing "Burung Kakak Tua", "Sayang Kinabalu" and other songs that we were familiar with!

- Group Photography session -

Saw their happy face of all/ most the artists (both Day 1 and Day 2) and KK Jazz Festival Crews, we knew that they were blessed with all the hard works they did! :)

Remember this :

KK Jazz Festival 2011, not only for music but its also to raise money to install water gravity projects in the rural area of Sabah!

Listening to great music while helping the needy, what a great thing to do. ;)  

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