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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By MICHAEL CHEANG en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

DID you know that there is ac­tu­ally a grow­ing Chi­nese jazz mu­sic seg­ment in Malaysia? For the past eight years, lo­cal com­pany Pop Pop Mu­sic has been cham­pi­oning the cause for Chi­nese jazz mu­sic. Since it started out as a niche mu­sic la­bel in 2008, Pop Pop has grown into a ma­jor cor­po­rate en­ter­tain­ment provider with a sta­ble of promis­ing singers and ris­ing stars, deal­ing pre­dom­i­nantly in con­certs and cor­po­rate shows fea­tur­ing Chi­nese and English jazz clas­sics. Three of Pop Pop’s most tal­ented singers – May Mow, Celist Chow and Nut­ser­lar Lim – will take the stage this Sun­day at the Pop Pop All Stars Con­cert at Trop­i­cana Gold And Coun­try Re­sort, which prom­ises a night of mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and good food. “Pop Pop has been ag­gres­sively pro­mot­ing Chi­nese jazz over the last eight years, but we’ve most- ly been known in the in­ner jazz cir­cle. We think it is high time we tried to pen­e­trate the main­stream mar­ket,” said Leslie Loh, CEO of Pop Pop Mu­sic dur­ing a press con­fer­ence to pro­mote the event last week.

The con­cert this week­end will have a theme of four gen­res – Shang­hai jazz, retro pop mu­sic, English jazz stan­dards and Chi­nese clas­sics. “The rea­son for this is be­cause we wanted a wider range of gen­res for peo­ple to en­joy, and not just Shang­hai jazz, which is a lit­tle over­done in Malaysia,” Loh said.

“This year is ac­tu­ally the first time Pop Pop is ven­tur­ing into English retro pop, be­cause we feel the mar­ket is promis­ing.”

The three singers at this week­end’s con­cert are signed un­der the Pop Pop group and are all sea­soned con­cert per­form­ers, ac­cord­ing to Loh. “All three of them have un­der­gone rig­or­ous train­ing and re­hearsals to be able to give good live per­for­mances,” said Loh, adding that the mu­sic di­rec­tor for the show is the well- known lo­cal jazz mu­si­cian Tay Cher Siang.

Hav­ing joined Pop Pop in 2014, May Mow is the dar­ling of the la­bel, with a voice that is said to be a cross be­tween Tai­wanese singer- song­writer Joanna Wong and vet­eran Tai­wanese songstress Cai Qin. “For the con­cert, I will be sing­ing a se­lected songlist of Shang­hai jazz oldies,” she said.

Her fel­low per­former Chow was a fi­nal­ist in As­tro Star Quest 2014, and will be per­form­ing a se­lec­tion of English retro pop num­bers.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the show, as this will be the first time the three of us will be per­form­ing on the same stage,” she said.

Last but not least, Lim will be per­form­ing English jazz stan­dards. Lim – who joined Pop Pop early this year – has per­formed with May Mow be­fore in the lat­ter’s re­cent Ex­quis­ite Chi­nese Oldies Reimag­ined show­case at No Black Tie in March.

Each of the three singers will per­form their own solo seg­ments first, be­fore tak­ing the stage to­gether for the con­cert’s fi­nale.

Ac­cord­ing to Trop­i­cana Golf And Coun­try Re­sort events and pro­mo­tions man­ager James Sai, this is the first time the re­sort is work­ing with Pop Pop Mu­sic to show­case lo­cal artistes in the jazz and retro pop genre.

“We wanted to in­tro­duce some­thing dif­fer­ent to our events, and to bring some English and Chi­nese jazz into the scene,” he said. “We hope to be pi­o­neers in help­ing to grow the Chi­nese jazz scene.”

The Pop Pop All Stars Con­cert will be held at the Trop­i­cana Gold Club Grand Ball­room this Sun­day ( Sept 11) at 7.30pm. Ticket prices are in­clu­sive of din­ner, and are avail­able by ta­bles of 10 ( priced at RM1,500, RM1,800, and RM2,200) or sin­gle seat ( RM150, RM200, and RM250). To book, call 012- 208 3790.

Chow is one of three singers tak­ing the stage this sun­day at the pop pop All stars Con­cert. — pop pop mu­sic

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