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Gig Guide: SingJazz Festival 2016

Even though Singapore’s inaugural jazz festival (Sing Jazz) has brought in a fair share of jazz legends in its past two iterations, dare we say that with this year’s lineup, the festival has truly found its footing, offering a wide-representation of what the genre has to offer. This year’s star-studded lineup also include Joss Stone, Grammy-nominated neo-soul act Hiatus Kaiyote and the legendary Cuban jazz act, Buena Vista Social Club.

But the impetus to pay as close an attention to the emerging as much as they do the veterans show a commitment to remain relevant. For the first time, local electronic music label Darker Than Wax curates the opening night of the international jazz festival, so look forward to a heavier alternative and electronic influences featuring hip-hop inspired BADBADNOTGOOD, DJ/producer Taylor Mcferrin and Singapore’s own Intriguant.

We’re only a sleep away from Sing Jazz 2016, so with this little time left, we’ve picked out a few of the many worthy acts worth catching up on:

BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG)

The Canadian trio’s love for jazz and hip-hop is reflected in their music whereby they are best known for flawless interpretations of hip-hop tracks, earning them the accolade of being one of the most progressive bands out there.

Taylor Mcferrin

Son of 10-time Grammy award winning and Singjazz alum Bobby Mcferrin, Taylor has established himself as a talented multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer and beatboxer. His latest album, Early Riser, an effortless reinterpretation of jazz fusion, was released on Flying Lotus’ independent record label, Brainfeeder.

The Good Life Project

The Good Life Project is a seven-piece alternative soul band is but one of the many local acts featured over the 3-day festival that sees a huge representation of Singaporean artists that include  Charlie Lim, Intriguant, Weish and Fauxe + Mediocre Haircut Crew — straddling a diverse range of musical styles and genres.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Fidel Castro regarded rap music as “the existing revolutionary voice of Cuba’s future”. Though stylistically distinct from hip-hop, this Cuban collective have been expressing their unique culture through their music for the past 16 years. Now on their farewell world tour, this might be our last chance to catch this legendary group perform live.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Bringing a heady dose of Afrobeat to our shores, Nigerian musician Seun Kuti leads his father, Fela Kuti’s former band Egypt 80 as both lead vocalist and saxophonist. Since then, Seun has developed his late father’s Afrobeat style with his own, contemporary twist.

4-6 March @ Marina Bay Sands

Tickets start from S$85 and are available until show days for $100 (Fri), $150 (Sat) and $115 (Sun). Two- Three day passes are also available. Check out sing-jazz.com for more details.

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