KK Jazz Fest platform for Sabahan musicians
A strong representation of musicians from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia has raised questions as to the festival’s objectives when it comes to planning its lineup of performers. Co-organising chairman Roger Wang explains that the festival is largely meant to support and highlight local talent.
“The ratio has changed, definitely,” said Wang. “Before, it was harder to find good enough acts to fill the list. Now we’re at the stage where we have more than enough talented local jazz performers.”
The Society of Performing Arts, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS) Advisor Datuk Adeline Leong adds, “We usually have two or three international bands for every concert.”
The committee has indeed strengthened its initiative behind promoting local talent, as displayed in a long string of fringe events that were held leading up to the festival.
These mini-performances were meant as teasers to raise public awareness and interest in KKJF, also serving as platforms to showcase both the Sabahan musicians who count as performers for the main festival as well as guest artistes invited solely for the purpose of playing at the fringe events.
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