The annual Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be hosting a preview show tonight, Friday 14th September, 9.30pm at the Rajang Bar, Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching.
Set as a prelude to the annual KWJF happening end of this month, the free preview show promises upbeat live jazz music, KWJF t-shirt giveaways and special promotion on event tickets for lucky audience members. Local bands The Voglers and Tuku Kame Jazz will be performing original songs and catchy tunes at the KWJF preview show. The Voglers band were one of the finalists at the KWJF Jazz Band Search competition held recently.
The Voglers are a seven-piece band that was created in mid-2018 and features a group of Kuching based musicians with experience in music performances between them. Led by guitarist, Danial Donny, and featuring vocalist Aisycha Samat, keyboardist Jonathan, bassist Yume, drummer Azree, Firdaus on percussion and supported by Collin Adam on tenor saxophone. The band’s choices in music they performed had placed them at the centre of the local music scene and dubbed as fun and high-performing.
Tuku Kame Jazz was formed by the energetic musicians of the Sarawak Cultural Village led by Narawi Hj. Rashidi. The band is an innovative ensemble displaying the depth of Narawi's talent as a composer, arranger and innovator. The musicians are all seasoned performers, having toured to Canada, USA, Australia, The Middle East, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei. Tuku Kame combines the traditional Sarawakian instruments of thirty ethnic races residing on the Island of Borneo played in contemporary tunes to create an infectious and exciting new sound.
KWJF 2018 will be happening 28-29 September this year at the Grand Margherita Hotel after a highly successful first instalment last year. This year’s 2-day jazz festival will feature a bigger star-studded line-up including multi-award winning Sarawakian songstress Dayang Nurfaizah, Ito & The Blues Gang (Malaysia), Atilia Haron (Malaysia), Aisyah Aziz (Singapore), Tompi (Indonesia), Tulus (Indonesia), Aditya (Indonesia), Carmen Souza (Portugal), The Natalie Gillispie Band (Australia) and many more. In addition to the performances, there will also be music workshops and a food and merchandise bazaar to be enjoyed by the whole family.
KWJF is created and organized by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation. For more information, do visit www.kuchingwaterfrontjazz.com and follow Kuching Waterfront Jazz on Facebook and Instagram. KWJF tickets can be purchased online or from Grand Margherita Hotel and Riverside Majestic Hotel. This event is managed by Place Borneo Sdn Bhd.