JAZZ BE­CAUSE

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT CULTURE TOP TEN -

Now on its fifth year, the Sin­ga­pore In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val takes place early this month at the Ma­rina Bay Sands with a su­perb lineup of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B artists from all over the world. The city re­sort venue is all set to wel­come more than 20,000 fans over three days and nights, with the prom­ise of 30 hours of live mu­sic from at least a dozen main acts. Con­certs will take place on two stages, dubbed the Main Stage and the Late Show. Kick­ing off the week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties on April 6 is the Aus­trian elec­tro-swing mu­si­cian and DJ Mar­cus Füreder, bet­ter known by his stage name, Parov Ste­lar, per­form­ing on the Main Stage. The fol­low­ing night, five­time Grammy win­ner Lalah Hath­away will demon­strate why her vo­cal con­tri­bu­tions are highly sought af­ter by the hottest acts in mu­sic to­day, from Phar­rell Wil­liams to Ken­drick La­mar. Jamie Cul­lum, ar­guably the UK’s most pop­u­lar jazz artist, is back to per­form in the Lion City, the mem­o­ries of his sold-out show at the in­au­gu­ral SING JAZZ still fresh among the lucky at­ten­dees. On Sun­day, pre­vi­ous mem­bers of the pop­u­lar Span­ish rumba group Gypsy Kings present their new band, House of the Gyp­sies; the highly ac­claimed Bri­tish group Brand New Heav­ies is also fea­tured on the bill. Over at the Late Show stage, eas­ily the most an­tic­i­pated per­former will be the Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Lau­ryn Hill. Fans of the for­mer Fugees singer will know that this year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of her solo al­bum, The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of Lau­ryn Hill, which earned five Gram­mys. Other acts to catch in­clude the Jazz As­so­ci­a­tion SG Orches­tra, led by Jeremy Monteiro; and Incog­nito, fea­tur­ing Omar and Leee John. April 6 to 8, Ma­rina Bay Sands, Sin­ga­pore; for tick­ets, log on to marin­abaysands.com/tick­et­ing and apactix.com; face­book.com/sing­jaz­zfes­ti­val.

SMOOTH OP­ER­A­TORS From top: Jamie Cul­lum; Lau­ryn Hill; and the Brand New Heav­ies per­form in Sin­ga­pore this month.

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