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Jakarta's got soul

Scissor Sisters. (P.J. Leo/The Jakarta Post)

Publication Date : 30-09-2012


If there is anything that brings Jakartans together, it is music.

American band Hercules and Love Affair took to the stage last night at the fifth LA Lights Java Soulnation music festival with “You belong”, enticing the crowd to get on their feet and dance.

With two DJ’s at their back, the three singers followed the song, taken from their first self-titled album, with other hits such as “I try to talk to you” and “My song”.

“Hi Jakarta! You are an amazing city!” said a member of the band in between songs.

A musical project from New York created by DJ Andy Butler, the band performed on the festival’s main stage, one of the five stages for the three-day event, which was set to run until Sunday at Istora Senayan in Central Jakarta.

Local and international bands and crooners, including special shows by British singer and songwriter James Morrison and American R&B musician Robin Thicke today, filled Jakarta’s air with music.

The highlight of the last night lineup was a special performance from American band Scissor Sisters.

Set up in 2001, the group comprises of Jake Shears and Ana Matronic as vocalists, Babydaddy as a multi-instrumentalist, Del Marquis as lead guitarist and drummer Randy Real.

The 2005 Brit Awards honoured them with three awards — Best International Group, Best International Breakthrough Act and Best International Album — right after the band released their first self-titled album in 2004. Two years later they launched their second album, Ta-Dah, which was followed up by Night Work four years later.

In March this year, Scissor Sisters released their fourth album, Magic Hour, which has “Only the horses” as the first single.

Jake Shears said his band had previously performed in Bali early this year and had a blast.

“Indonesia is different from any other country. We had a great party and show. Now we are glad to be back here,” he said before the gig.

Music fans also packed out performances by Dutch band Valerius, which was performing at the festival for a second time, sharing the same stage with American hip hop band Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Indonesian singer Dewi Sandra was the only local performer who performed on the main stage yesterday.

Peter F. Gontha, the man behind Java Festival Production, said the festival aimed to highlight young, upcoming performers from various genres.

“When the audience of Java Soulnation grows older, they will move to Java Jazz,” he said.


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