Dangdut Mania

June 13th, 2008

Took these a while ago, never got around to working on them. This live TV show is very popular, like American Idol but with Dangdut singing. Dangdut is a popular style of music with much Arabic/Indian influences. Worst costumes ever!

Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania
Dangdut Mania

Malacca Strait Jazz Festival- 7/6/08

June 11th, 2008

Tompi
Tompi
Tompi
I remember leaving quite a harsh review on my website the last time I saw Tompi, I was wondering maybe he wasn’t THAT bad?! Oh my God, he is. His popularity and fame are an absolute enigma to me. And he sounds like a chipmunk when he scat sings with his pretend air trumpet. Intensely irritating.

Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan
Rieka Roslan… the absolute highlight of the festival. Wonderful soul singer, and lots and lots of fun.

Andien
Andien
Andien… apparently was a child star. A little plastic for my taste.

Geliga
Geliga
Geliga… founders of the festival and combine jazz with local Sumatra ethnic music.

Hendri Lamiri
Hendri Lamiri
Hendri Lamiri, a wonderful soulful violinist. Loved the set.

Notturno
Notturno
Notturno
Notturno
Notturno.

Malacca Strait Jazz Festival- 6/6/08

June 11th, 2008

Ryan
Ryan: festival founder, chairman and bass player for Geliga

Dewa Budjana
Dewa Budjana
Dewa Budjana
Dewa Budjana
Dewa Budjana
My second go at photographing Dewa Budjana… nightmare lighting again, and another total media circus.

Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
Tao Kombo
The guitarist Nikita Dompas is prolific and plays with many Jakarta bands, but this is the coolest and funkiest that I’ve seen him.

Steve Hunter Trio
Steve Hunter Trio… widdly technical Australian jazz.

Donny Suhendra
Donny Suhendra

Netta
Netta, singing with Donny Suhendra

Zarro
Zarro
Zarro
Zarro
Zarro

Real Band
Real Band.
The last time I saw her was in Yogyakarta a year ago… she’d only been singing for a year and was still finding her feet. Well, she’s really found them now… really impressive performance.

Malacca Strait Jazz Festival- 5/6/08

June 11th, 2008

Really enjoyed this festival, and many thanks to the organisers for taking such good care of me and Kate.
Due to lack of funds, several of the bands had to be cancelled (very sad not to see Barry Likamahua!), so the first day consisted of local Pekanbaru bands. Although they weren’t always technically up to the standard of the other bands, I always like the spirit of young Indonesian jazz groups.

Jazziri
Jazziri

Thio
Thio

Flat Noze
Flat Noze
Flat Noze
Flat Noze

Atmosphere
Party Jazz
Party Jazz