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.