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KK Jazz Festival June 21
Published on: Monday, March 31, 2008

Kota Kinabalu: The Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) is set to hold the 2nd Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival on June 21 at the Jesselton Point. RCKK President Frankie Fu said last year's inaugural event was a crowd-puller, drawing as many as 1800 people, young and old alike, and from all walks of life.

"It goes to show that KK folks are receptive to the idea of a jazz festival to inject live entertainment into the city, among other creations. As such, we are motivated to repeat the event this year albeit with different performers from abroad in addition to local artistes. It's going to be just as exciting," he said.

Fu said the second jazz festival is the key event in the first Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival featuring four events in June. His Co-Organising Chairperson is Datuk Adeline Leong who is President of the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS).

The fascinating Aseana Percussion Unit (APU), among other performers, will make a special appearance at the 2nd KK Jazz Festival.

It is one of Malaysia's foremost contemporary Jazz/world Fusion Groups that combines Malaysian cultural rhythms, music and instruments together with western musical elements to create its own unique musical style.

Previously, the group was invited to perform at other festivals such as the Sunrise Jazz Festival and the Penang Jazz Festival. Like last year, Fu said, proceeds from the 2nd Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival Concert will go to numerous charities that the RCKK supports annually. These include the West Coast South Single Mothers Association and the National Stroke Association Malaysia (Nasam).

Other commendable projects include the Avoidable Blindness Project where villagers go through eyesight screening for glaucoma, cataract or any other eye disease, and the Clean Water Project, which supplies clean water to rural communities in Kudat, Ranau and Pitas.

"We hope the charity-conscious public will continue to support the KK Jazz Festival for a worthy cause. While you enjoy every minute of the performances, you are us to raise funds for our community projects to touch the hearts of the poor in rural communities," he said.



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