A Starry Showcase of Indonesia's Singers on Java Jazz Final Day

Marcell Siahaan, left, and Dira Sugandi performing a duet at the 2016 Java Jazz Festival at JIExpo Kemayoran in Jakarta on Sunday (06/03). (Photo courtesy of Java Jazz Festival)

By : Nico Novito | on 2:19 PM March 07, 2016
Category : Life & Style, Music

Jakarta. The closing day of the 2016 Java Jazz Festival on Sunday (06/03) brought to the stage a slew of Indonesia's leading performers – from famous pop stars to reunited groups.

At around 3 p.m., the '90s all-female group Rida Sita Dewi teamed up once more for a reunion show.

"[This performance] is like our time capsule," Dewi "Dee" Lestari, now a famous author, told the audience.

Alongside Rida Farida and Sita Nursanti, she sang their greatest hits, such as "Masih Ada" and "Datanglah," as well as a new single entitled "Langit Amat Indah" from the original soundtrack of the film "Perahu Kertas."

"This is the first time we perform live again after a very long time," Dewi said. "We only do a reunion show when the time is special, and we are very happy to meet all of you."

The audience was swept up in nostalgic vibe when the trio started "Antara Kita," their first-ever single, which was released in the early 1990s.

"We hope this will not be the last time we see each other," Rida told the audience by the end of their performance.

Meanwhile, a group of Indonesia's major singers dazzled the audience during the "Indonesian Duets" show inside the crowded BNI Hall.

Marcell Siahaan and Dira Sugandi kickstarted the gig with a groovy rendition of "Nada Kasih," which was first introduced by Fariz R.M. and Neno Warisman in the 1980s. The male singer's soulful vocal anchored Dira's soaring voice, resulting in an enchanting opener.

Their performance was followed by a charming duet from Andien and Tompi, who sang "Jika," which was originally performed by Melly Goeslaw and Ari Lasso.

Andien and Tompi performs a duet at the 2016 Java Jazz Festival at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Mar. 6, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Java Jazz Festival) Andien and Tompi performing a duet at the 2016 Java Jazz Festival at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Sunday (06/03). (Photo courtesy of Java Jazz Festival)

Next, it was time for Teza Sumendra and Regina — both former "Indonesian Idols" who have gone on to establish solo careers. They gave a soulful rendition of Krisdayanti and Anang's "Makin Aku Cinta." The duo's senior on the singing competition show, Mike Mohede, then appeared on stage to sing Shanty's "Hanya Memuji," accompanied by music director Nikita Dompas on the guitar.

"Mike is such a sweet guy — and any song he sings will end up sounding great," Dira told the audience right before they did a heartfelt cover of "Biar Menjadi Kenangan."

To close the show — which turned into a karaoke sing-along session of sorts for some excited audience members — Teza and Tompi led the whole crew to sing Dian Pramana Poetra's classic, "Semua Jadi Satu."

All About the '90s

The spirit of '90s music also prevailed at singer Afgan's solo show later that evening, which saw him tackling songs by musicians that had influenced his music until now.

Early in his set, he put on a passionate performance of Brian McKnight's song “6, 8, 12," followed by TLC's "Waterfalls," which elicited roaring cheers from his female fans among the crowd.

Indonesian singer Afgan performs '90s hits at the 2016 Java Jazz Festival at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Mar. 6, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Java Jazz Festival) Indonesian singer Afgan performs '90s hits at the 2016 Java Jazz Festival on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Java Jazz Festival)

Afgan also sang definitive Indonesian classics, including local rock band Slank's "Kamu Harus Cepat Pulang," as well as big international hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White."

In the middle of the show, he treated the audience by bringing out guest stars Kunto Aji and Angga, the frontman of Maliq & D'Essentials. The three of them entertained the crowd with a fun interpretation of the song "Everybody" by the Backstreet Boys.

The rising pop star then ended the set with his own song, "Panah Asmara," which has been rearranged with a bossa vibe, getting the crowd pumped up on the festival's final night.

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