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Pesta Jazz: a jazzy celebration of Malaysian songs

Ramli Sarip may be known as the godfather of rock music in Singapore, but for this show he will be singing jazz.

The concert will see the Jazz Association Singapore Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeremy Monteiro, and guest singers such as Ramli will perform jazz interpretations of evergreen Malaysian tunes. These range from classics such as Getaran Jiwa by P. Ramlee to the children’s song Enjit Enjit Semut.

Other guests include veteran pop singer Rahimah Rahim, who began singing in the 1960s with her father, jazz singer Rahim Hamid.

Two young singers from the jazz scene also join us, Rudy Djoe and Siti Nur Iman.

Or: Capitol Theater, 17 Stamford Road; Jazz Association Facebook page and YouTube channel (Singapore)
When: October 2, 8 p.m.
Admission: $ 58 or $ 38 in room; free online
Info: More info on the Jazz Association (Singapore) website


Peatix Live Festival 2021

The Peatix Live Festival 2021 will feature creators from Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. PHOTO: PEATIXLIVEFEST.PEATIX.COM

The virtual event featuring creators from Singapore, Malaysia and Japan will include several online musical performances by local artists.

Jazz band The Anne Weerapass Quartet will perform on Thursday (September 30), with 20 percent of ticket sales going to Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Rock / soul singer Leandra Lane, who has been compared to Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey, will perform the same night. She will donate 10 percent of ticket proceeds to the Soroptimist International volunteer movement in Singapore.

On Saturday October 2, singer and rapper Masia One will host a masterclass for creatives and perform as well.

Or: In line
When: Sept 30 to Oct 2, from 11 a.m.
Admission: From $ 10
Info: More info on the event website


Tempoh – OrkeStar Trio & Djangat


The musical performance Tempoh, originally intended to be one of the highlights of Pesta Raya, will now be staged as part of the Esplanade Pentas series. PHOTO: ESPLANADE.COM

A commission from the Esplanade, the musical performance Tempoh was to be one of the highlights of Pesta Raya, the art centre’s annual Malaysian arts festival in June. It was canceled due to the tightening of measures related to Covid-19.

Collaboration between musicians from the Singaporean group OrkeStar Trio and the Indonesian group Djangat, it will now be staged as part of the Pentas de l’Esplanade performance series.

The multimedia concert mixes traditional, folk and sacred music and is conducted by Irfan Kasban, winner of the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council.

Or: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive
When: October 8 to 10, various hours
Admission: $ 30 from Sistic
Info: More info on the Esplanade website


Hip-hop / Pop / Rock

MONTERO


Lil Nas X’s debut album, Montero, comes three years after his rap / country crossover, Old Town Road. PHOTO: LIL NAS X / INSTAGRAM

Lil Nas X
4 stars

Rapper, singer-songwriter and social media scholar Lil Nas X’s debut album Montero is long overdue. It comes three years after exploding the charts with the rap / country crossover hit Old Town Road.

He has had a few other hit singles since then, some of which, such as Montero (Call Me by Your Name) and Industry Baby, are included on the album.

However, it is a joy to discover that these first singles are only an indication of the extent of his musicality.

As serious as they are flamboyant, the songs in this 15-track release span the gamut from trap and R&B to powerful ballads and stage rock. They are linked together by his talent for fetching hooks and his Technicolor sense of fun.

While there are star cameos like English singer Elton John and American singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus, the spotlight never turns away from the man himself, and Montero cements Lil Nas X’s place. in the new pantheon of pop stars.


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