Music fest all set to turn up the heat with a great mix of funk, hip-hop and R&B


1. Thaitanium were a hit at the MTV World Stage Malaysia 2014 last year and will be back in town for the festival next month.2. Dutch DJ Irwan has proved to be a hit with Malaysian fans.

SOULFEST Asia, the region’s hottest neo-soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B music festival, turns up the heat with Omarion set to hit Kuala Lumpur on Oct 17, west-coast style, at the Mines Resort, near Kuala Lumpur.

The hip-hop heavyweight will join an already star-studded line-up announced earlier featuring the Queen of hip hop and urban music, Mary J. Blige, and Grammy-nominated Jhené Aiko, as well as hip hop favourite Talib Kweli and the legendary De La Soul.

R&B singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Omarion has been an entertainer since he was five. Today, he is abuzz with commercial success for his certified platinum song Post to Be, which features Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko. His fifth studio album Reasons will be released on Oct 23, a few days after he performs at Soulfest Asia.

Soulfest Asia will also feature regional superstars such as Singapore’s hugely in-demand rapper, Shigga Shay; Indonesian sensation Raisa; and Thai supergroup Thaitanium.

Malaysia will be headed by the entire Kartel family led by Joe Flizzow (with Sona One, Altimet and friends), soul singer Najwa and hip hop collective De Fam.

Bringing up the DJ arena, Soulfest Asia will also feature famed Dutch DJ Irwan (and a firm Malaysian favourite) and Dutch MC Phatt, plus Raising The Bar, KC and friends, and DJs Ashy Ash, Biggie, Cza, Luqe, Nes, Naj Frusciante, Axel Groove and Shazz.

LOL Events will also share in the celebration of soul through a comedy room called LOL@Soulfest. Headlining the comedy sessions here will be Gina Yashere (UK) – one of the world’s best female stand-up comedians, and Jim Brewsky.

They will be joined on stage by rising star Fakkah Fuzz, Prakash Daniel and Rizal Van Geyzel.

Staying true to its promise to be more than just a music festival, Soulfest Asia will be supporting the Women’s Aid Organisation’s public education campaign, aimed at raising awareness for the gravity of domestic violence and the need for public support.

A ceramic art exhibition entitled Can You Keep A Secret?, featuring 12 ceramic life-size head sculptures designed by artist James Seet will be on display, representing the various accounts of domestic violence survivors.

Brought to you by Soulnation Asia, Soulfest Asia will be held at Mines International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Oct 17, from 3pm to midnight.

Tickets priced from RM198 are available online at www.soulfestasia.com.

For details or updates on the festival, visit www.soulfestasia.com; www.facebook.com/soulfestasia or www.twitter.com/soulfestasia

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