Jakarta Globe: Soulnation Seeks Local Performers

Organizers of the second Jakarta International Java Soulnation Festival are actively seeking local talent to perform at the October event, holding competitions from July 6 in five Indonesian cities. Kicking off on Monday, telecommunications provider AXIS, a sponsor for Soulnation, is looking for talented rap, freestyle dance and beat box bands to perform at the event, themed “One Nation, One Rhythm.”

The competition will be held in the cities of Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan and Yogyakarta, with the best participants selected to perform at Soulnation.

The festival, which runs Oct. 30-31 at Istora Senayan, has confirmed international acts Arrested Development, Tortured Soul and DJ Mi$$ Yellow. Negotiations are ongoing to feature John Legend and Joss Stone, said Nirmala, public relations officer for the event. Maliq & D’Essentials, pictured, RAN and The Boogieman are among the local acts involved and organizers also hope to book the rap group Sweet Martabak.

Angga dan Widi, one of two lead singers with Maliq & D’Essentials, said the band looks forward to performing at their second Soulnation. “We enjoy the challenge of having to perform something different at the festival,” he said.

Another featured Indonesian band, Tangga, is new to the festival this year. Lead singer Mohammed Kamga said, “For Soulnation, we want to play urban music with an Indonesian flavor. We plan on playing numbers from our upcoming album.”

Soulnation is organized by Java Festival Production, which also oversees the Java Jazz Festival in March and Rockin’land in August.

“Festivals are making Indonesia a more prominent destination,” said Peter F. Gontha, founder and chairman of the Java Jazz Festival.

“We consider Soulnation to be an accessible festival, and available to everyone,” said JFP program director Paul Dankmeyer.

“We will feature Australian artists as well as Singaporean artists.”

The Festival will also feature tents for freestyle competitions, b-boy and rap battles.

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