Kampoeng Jazz 2011: Sabrina, Dira Sugandi


We could clearly see that Sabrina is a famous name among youngsters especially among the college students in Bandung. Many of them were excited about Sabrina’s agreement to participate at the Kampoeng Jazz 2011 when it was firstly announced. She’s indeed one of the popular artists coming from our neighbouring country, Philippines. She surprised many easy listening/acoustic pop fans when she released her debut album, the selftitled “Sabrina” 4 years ago. Soon after that she gained popularity around Asia by releasing 3 more albums in quite a short time. “I Love Acoustic”, “I Love Acoustic 2” and “I Love Acoustic 3” were soon became the playlists of many music lovers.

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Roli Alexandra Orial, the birth name of Sabrina ishas  a tender smooth voice and enough passion to cover many favorite hits with her intimate interpretation.

Right after greeting the audiences, she brought famous hits such as Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again” and  Train‘s “Hey Soul Sister”. She then gave a medley of “Wherever You Will Go” (The Calling),  “Stick Wit U” (Pussycat Dolls), “Iris” (Goo Goo Dolls) and  “I’m Yours” (Jason Mraz). Ne-Yo‘s “So Sick”. She kept on delivering numerous songs including Chaka Khan‘s “Through the Fire”, Lady Gaga’s medley and a beautiful collaboration with Calvin Jeremy on Bruno Mars“Just the Way You Are” . In the end she entertained her fans for more than an hour  just like a fully length concert.

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Dira Sugandi (8)Indonesia is really blessed to have such a singer like Dira Sugandi. She has a very thick soulful voice that resembles the great black female singers. Dira is simply a phenom. With her powerhouse vocal she is now making her name big time in Indonesian jazz and soul scene, even marches further to make herself heard internationally. Her debut album “Something About the Girl” which is produced by Incognito‘s Jean-Paul Maunick a.k.a Bluey was actually released earlier in London, Japan and UK, achieving good results before it landed on her own country, Indonesia. She has worked with many internationally acclaimed artists such as Keith Martin, Jason Mraz, Omar and of course Incognito. Last night she was just giving up her best with this legendary acid jazz band from UK at Incognito Live Concert 2011 at Senayan, Jakarta. Tonight she resurfaced on her hometown, Bandung.

Dira started with her hits from the debut album “Let’s Go Back” and “Get Through To You”. The soul train kept moving with “Kucemburu”, “Essentially Yours”, “Hand on Your Heart”, “Inside Love” and “Won’t Come With Me”. Showing her tight connection to Incognito she brought  famous songs from their songlist such as “Still a Friend of Mine” and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout the Thing” under nonstop  applauses from the crowds. Tonight Dira performed with the full band including Arifandi “Ari Aru” on drums, and everyone did their part really well. Dira closed her session with “Bring It On”.

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We didn’t see a trace of tiredness at all, considering she just gave her all last night with Incognito at Senayan Jakarta. Tonight the powerhouse soul lady showed that she really deserve to be where she’s at right now. Watch out for Dira, because she is one emerging force in the music scene today, especially in the soulful groove/funk.

Stay tuned for the report of Tahiti 80‘s performance fromKampoeng Jazz 2011 and the verdict here at Jazzuality.com

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Reporter: Riandy Kurniawan, Muhammad “Petto” Fadhly, Fardhani Ramadhana
Photographer: Omar Arif Maulana, Febrian Dirga, Marnala Eross Simanjuntak


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