Madame & Toean's singer Rahma Sekar Savitri during the band's performance at Java Jazz 2020 on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

All That Jazz and Isn't Jazz: Java Jazz 2020

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Hundreds of top musicians and artists from around the world descended to Jakarta's Java Jazz 2020 Festival on Feb. 28-March 1 at JIExpo Kemayoran in the north of the city.

On the first day, Erwin Gutawa and his band debuted a new song constructed out of random vocals and melodies from the late pop legend Chrisye's back catalog – five years after his death – called "Kidung Abadi" ("Eternal Song").

Java Jazz has always been a melting pot of a music festival where jazz mixes with pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop and even traditional music. 

Java Jazz 2020 featured local pop stars and legends Fariz RM, Mus Mujiono, Trie Utami, Yuni Shara and Is Pusakata as well as an international line-up featuring The Jacksons, Omar Apollo, T-Square and Bruno Major.

Takeshi Itoh of T-Square from Japan in action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Takeshi Itoh of T-Square from Japan in action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman gives a kiss bye to Bruno Major during Java Jazz 2020, in JIExpo Kemayoran, West Jakarta on Friday (28/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman sends kisses for Bruno Major during his electrifying performance on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
British singer, Bruno Major closed his performance on the Java Jazz 2020 with the song Nothing. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bruno Major playing his hit song, "Nothing." (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Erwin Gutawa and his band play a tribute song to Chrisye at Java Jazz 2020 in JIExpo Kemayoran in West Jakarta on Friday (28/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Erwin Gutawa and his band's tribute to the legendary Chrisye. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A violist from Erwin Gutawa band plays a song during Chrisye Live performance in Java Jazz 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Erwin Gutawa band plays with a video of Chrisye in the background. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The audience sing Kisah Cintaku during Chrisye Live performance by Erwin Gutawa. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The crowd sings along to Chrisye's 'Kisah Cintaku' ('Story of My Love') with the Erwin Gutawa band. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Wisnu Herlambang, a traditional music enthusiast plays Karinding, a bamboo made wind instrument from West Java in Java Jazz 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Wisnu Herlambang plays the Karinding, a bamboo wind instrument from West Java. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Nigerian singer, Keziah Jones in action during Java Jazz 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist Keziah Jones. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A drummer plays his power beat during Keziah Jones opening act in Java Jazz 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The drummer from Keziah Jones's band lends a powerful beat to his 'blufunk.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

 

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