Borneo Jazz Festival (Borneo Jazz) is back this weekend, starting Friday until Sunday (July 19-21) at Coco Cabana Miri. Grooving along to jazz music with your new besties next to the breezy sea… you’ll enjoy every second of it. With that said, here are 5 things you can expect when you go to this year’s Borneo Jazz Festival:
Kick Off with Comedy
Hosting this year’s Borneo Jazz will be Papi Zak, a stand-up comedian, writer for more than 12 years and best recognised for hosting Halal Foodie and Happy Endings. So you can expect this year’s festival to have a good dose of humour thrown in. His quirky humour on day-to-day absurdities and observations will leave you laughing the night away. Get ready for an evening full of jazz and comedy like only Papi can deliver.
Entering its 14th year, Borneo Jazz boasts an impressive line-up of 15 acts including soloists, bands and DJs throughout the 3-day event. Audiences can expect internationally acclaimed artistes from USA, Austria, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Japan and some of the region’s best musicians to perform on stage. Some notable names are Alena Murang, Chanda Rule and Joe Flizzow. Two music outreach programmes not to be missed are the 2nd Edition of Borneo Jazz Talent Search and the inaugural Borneo Jazz DJ Search. Join in music workshops such as Latin Music & Jazz by Ireson to learn the influences and origins of Latin music in jazz and Borneo Jazz DJ Masterclass by DJ Maestro to know production skills required to entertain a crowd.
Arts & Crafts
No doubt, Borneo Jazz is also one of the best places to indulge in insightful discussions regarding indigenous arts and crafts. The Storyteller by Alena Murang will present her lessons with Kelabit elders on the diminishing oral traditions of the Kelabit people. Rainforest Craft of Sarawak exhibition by Dr Welyne Jehom will display pua kumbu by RhGareh Pua Kumbu Community Project. Besides art exhibitions, plenty of indigenous handicrafts by the local community will also be sold throughout the festival. For a fire fashion statement, pair up your festival outfit with a local handicraft such as a beaded necklace.
Eat, Eat and Eat
From Western dishes such as burgers and fries to native indigenous cuisines such as Midin Belacan (edible wild fern cooked in shrimp paste) and Umai (sliced raw fish with a mixture of onions, lime juice and salt), there’s just plenty to try at Borneo Jazz. There is also a unique dining experience curated by a specially invited chef. One thing to note is that Borneo Jazz Festival is going green. Therefore visitors are encouraged to bring their own containers, water bottles and cutleries, although environmentally friendly products are available during the festival.
To end the Borneo Jazz weekend properly, check out the After Party. The beats are sure to be on point with DJ Maestro hosting the jam session. Taking place at the Seahorse Stage each night from 11:30pm until 2:00am, the After Party will keep your body moving along to DJ Maestro’s spins and you will understand why he is dubbed a musical roller coaster. On Sunday, Malaysia’s own Arabyrd will be spinning along with DJ Maestro for the festival’s last after party. One of Sarawak’s top hip hoppers, Arabyrd is expected to wrap up the weekend with an awesome after party.