While Bali was kept busy attending to APEC leaders, in Jakarta the first weekend of October became a fiesta of music when the capital city reverberated with groovy sounds of Java Soulnation (JSF) 2013 that was successfully held from October 4-6 at the Istora Senayan, Gelora Bung Karno Sport Complex.
Although some may have misinterpreted the word “soul” as a single musical genre, Java Soulnation as in previous editions, as a matter of fact, presented a wide range of genres with emphasis on the “soul” of music itself. This is manifested in the various genres presented in the list of performers, which ranges from pop, hip-hop, R& B, electronic, rock ‘n’ roll, and more.
The Duo Karmin and the Far East Movement band became the main stars of the first day of JSF 2013. While Duo Karmin, Amy Renee Heidemann and Nicholas Louis Noonan, opened the music scene with their attractive orange appearance. Meanwhile, the electro-dance band Far East Movement successfully turned the hall of Istora Senayan into a dance club. The band started its performance with a single “Ain’t Coming Down” which was followed by the international hit “Like a G6,” which kept the crowd in a constant frenzy.
“Jakarta! It’s been too long. We are so happy to be back in Indonesia. This is our third time here,” shouted member of Far East Movement, Kev Nish.
The first day also saw the performance of some of Indonesia’s own renowned artists including Tulus, Agrikulture, Aditya, Rock N’ Roll Mafia, and Mathew Sayerz. Grace Sahertian, a young singer from Bandung, amazed the audience when she and her band performed rock band, Limp Bizkit’s “Rolling,” with their own soul and R&B style.
The second day of the fiesta featured a special project called “The Time Capsule” which took the audience into a time travel of pop music from the 50’s to current days. Collaborating 17 Indonesian artists and featuring 51 songs, the project truly wowed the audience who were taken from the time of Elvis Presley to Bruno Mars. With multimedia, choreography and costume changes identical to the decades, "The Time Capsule" not only gave the audience a nostalgic performance to the ears, but to the eyes as well.
Two young lovely divas, Lala and Raisa also caught the attention of the crowd with their fascinating hits and attractive performances.
The female electro band from Taiwan, Go Chic also staged a fascinating performance on the second day. The vocalist, Ariel Zheng showed off her attractive dance style to interact with the crowd. The band, which performed at Java Rockin’ Land earlier in June, is on its world tour to promote the second album “We Ain’t Home” from one music festival to another.
Most of the audience on the last day were those longing for old hits from their teenage idols All-4-One and the Grammy Award winner Macy Gray. Bringing the legendary romantic hits “I Swear” Tony Borowiak, Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, and Alfred Nevarez of All-4-One successfully melted the hearts of the audience. Macy Gray’s session became the pinnacle of the 3-days music fiesta. Gray, who is popular with her song “I Try” gave the real soul of music with her sparkling dress and outstanding singing.