Friday, March 6, 2009

Java Jazz opens with style, surprises

Grammy Award nominee Jason Mraz kicked off the three-day Java Jazz Festival with an enthusiastic and stylish performance at the Jakarta Convention Center on Friday.

Mraz began his world-class performance by singing the host's national anthem, Indonesia Raya, along with 2005 Indonesian Idol winner Mike Mohede.

“Apa kabar [how are you] Jakarta?” Mraz shouted in the middle of his romantic number Make It Mine.

“Hug those beside you!” he said, as he was cheered on by laughter from the audience, comprised of mostly young people.

The fans began packing the venue from 5 p.m. and many wore T-shirts with Mraz's image.

Another world class performance was given by four-time Grammy Award winner Diane Reeves an hour later.

“[Dianne Reeves] is a must see show for jazz lovers,” Citra Prastita, one of Reeves' fans, said.

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