Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

Bihzhu performed at No Black Tie last week. Here is a excerpt taken from her site :

Formerly one-half of the popular pop-jazz duo, Rhapsody and dub outfit Layan Sound System, Bihzhu is the stage incarnation of Nicole Foo. Despite no formal musical training, Bihzhu’s ear for melodic twists, and intuitive jazz and soul inflections have led her on a songwriting journey since going solo in January 2011.

The results of which are found in her debut album Nightingale Tales. Elements of jazz, soul, reggae, acapella and pop roll effortlessly through the six-track album, united by genuine songcraft that celebrates love, beauty and life’s most treasured moments. And at the heart of it all is that voice – a smooth, sultry and smoky blend evoking past greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Teresa Teng.

Here are some shots from the night :

Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

Bihzhu Live at No Black Tie

~later Days~

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Jose James Live at The Bee, Publika

José James is an American vocalist best known for performing and blending modern jazz and hip-hop. James performs all over the world both as a leader and with other groups.

James is the son of a Panamanian saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2008, he debuted with his first album, The Dreamer, on the Brownswood label. BLACKMAGIC followed in 2010. 2010’s For All We Know came out on the Impulse! label.For All We Know became the winner of both the Edison Award and L’Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for best Vocal Jazz Album of 2010.

Here are some pictures I took that night:

Jose James Live at The Bee, Publika

Jose James Live at The Bee, Publika

Jose James Live at The Bee, Publika

Jose James Live at The Bee, Publika

~Later Days~

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Israel Houghton (pronounced, hoh’-tin) (born May 19, 1971) is an American Christian singer and worship leader, mostly known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz and rock. Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed and currently signed to Integrity Music. Houghton is a worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

I went all the way to Jakarta to see him in concert but he came to KL finally after so many years. It was a tour together with Planetshakers team from Australia. Well here are some pics :

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

Israel Houghton & New Breed and Planetshakers : Live in KL

~Later Days~

SUM 41 : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Sum 41 is a Canadian Punk Rock band from Ajax, Ontario. The band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of members Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Tom Thacker (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Jocz (drums).

In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their debut album, All Killer, No Filler in 2001. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single from the album, “Fat Lip”, which reached number-one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and remains the band’s most successful single to date. All Killer No Filler’ was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK. The band has since released four more studio albums: Does This Look Infected? (2002), Chuck (2004) Underclass Hero (2007) and Screaming Bloody Murder (2011).

The band often performs more than 300 times each year and holds long global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have been nominated for seven Juno Awards and have won twice (Group of the Year in 2002 and Rock Album of the Year for Chuck in 2005). Sum 41 was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for the song Blood In My Eyes, however they lost to the Foo Fighters.

Their show in KL Live Centre was simply crazy and energetic. Not to forget the cussing all the way. Anyway here are some pics that I shot :

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

SUM 41 Live in Kuala Lumpur

~Later Days~

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

These past few months, KL has been privileged to have many talented people especially, YouTube sensations. Last year KL saw the appearance of AJ Rafael, Clara C and the Jayeselee twins.

Early this month, I was so happy to meet another person, she is one the earliest singer songwriters that I have been following on YouTube. It is non other, the amazing and talented Kina Grannis. According to Wiki :

“Kina Kasuya Grannis (born August 4, 1985) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from California. She is half Japanese and half English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch and German. In 2006, Grannis recorded and self-released two more albums, One More in the Attic and In Memory of the Singing Bridge. In early 2007, she recorded “Ours to Keep” written by Rachael Lawrence and Deborah Ellen. This song would be featured regularly on General Hospital and was in an episode of the ABC Family’s mini-series Samurai Girl in September 2008.

On November 14, 2007, she created her YouTube account and began posting videos of her songs online. Her first video, “Message From Your Heart,” was entered into Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. The contest, which she won, landed her a contract with Interscope Records. Her YouTube videos have received more than 77 million views and have propelled her to become one of YouTube’s most popular personalities “

Some of her well known hits are “Valentine”, “In Your Arms”, “The Way You Are” and many amazing covers by artists. She was even featured on the Ellen show for her video that featured Jelly Beans.

Anyway here are some of the shots I took of her when she was performing live at Wisma Bentley auditorium.

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina Grannis : Live in Kuala Lumpur

Kina & Moi

I am also very thankful to Soulmanna Live for giving me the opportunity to be the official photographer for this concert.

~Later Days~

AJ Rafael Live in Kuala Lumpur

Yup its been ages once again. I need to update more stuff since I have my own domain now…Anyway to cut things short and straight to the point, another YouTube sensation was in KL two months ago. He is none other than, the talented AJ Rafael . AJ started posting on YouTube in 2006, and has since gotten over 300,000 subscribers and over 73,000,000 hits. His well known hits include  I just Want You, Emma Watson, Red Roses and many more. This concert in KL was part of his Red Roses tour. Here are some of  the pictures I took :

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

AJ Rafael : Red Roses Tour , Live in KL

Well that is all for now and I have more posts coming up.

~Later Days~

WORLD MUSIC AT ITS BEST IN SARAWAK

 “One thing good about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” – Bob Marley

That is how I felt exactly in the words of the reggae legend. The Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 was simply amazing. With music from all around the world, it was a mix of traditional and modern sounds all mashed to create the perfect ambience. This was my first trip to the festival but I must say the atmosphere was simply electrifying.

There were bands from Italy, Iran, Dominican Republic, Australia, Mexico, Vanuatu, UK , USA and many more. For a first timer like me, the music was simply amazing and you have to be there to experience something like that.

One of the most unique performances were the Leweton Women’s Water Music. The group of 6 ladies created beautiful music using their bare hands by tapping and clapping on the surface of the water. A short excerpt on them : “From the remote, northern tropical islands of Vanuatu, comes an extremely unique and rarely seen tradition, called water music. Dressed in traditional costumes of flowers and leaves, a small number of women wade into the water up to their waist, stand in the shape of a half moon and begin to play. The water is beaten in rhythmic dance of bodies and waves. The water itself is the instrument producing a wide range of sounds in intoxicating rhythms, with pieces titled “The Sound of Thunder”, “Big Whale Fish Playing With Small Whale Fish”, “Waves Breaking on the Reef”. This will be a rare glimpse into an ancient but living tradition.”

Another power house was Kissmet from UK. This bhangra infused rock style music were the closing band on the last day. They were just a band that brings the rhythm and the beats to the hearts of the people. Well, these are some pictures from the festival that I captured.

Workshop Time

Victor Valdez

Kamafei

Kamafei

Blue Canyon Boys

Headgear

Party Reveler

Tribal

Lights !

Joaquin Diaz

Leweton Women's Water Music Troupe

Kissmet

Peace

Finale !

In conclusion the festival is something everyone must experience at least once in their life. Many would say that world music is not their cup of tea but to feel the sheer presence of traditional and modern music coming together is something extraordinary. Be it bluegrass or the sounds of the Sarawak ‘sape’ , the festival is something that I am looking forward to go to next year.

For more information on the festival do log on to http://rwmf.net and to check out pictures from Prakash Daniel click on http://www.flickr.com/photos/prakashdaniel

~Later Days~