This weekend should have been the unmissable annual gathering in Miri of jazz fans, music lovers, Hip Hop aficionados, dance and party people at the joyous celebration of Borneo Jazz 2020, where international artists from around the globe arrive to play their music in the jungles of Sarawak. In these complex times of Covid-19, lockdowns and limited international travel, we took the only responsible decision possible some time ago to sadly postpone the 2020 edition.
Today, everyone is slowly but surely moving towards a safer, more secure health situation, and we are delighted that the moment has come to announce a bright hope for the future – the confirmation of dates for Borneo Jazz 2021. We sincerely hope that from 25th to the 27th of June 2021, the world of music and its global fans will once again make the adventurous journey to Sarawak to listen, dance and mix with acclaimed local and international musicians. This unique Jazz in the Jungle experience can also be an opportunity to reunite with nature again by exploring Sarawak’s incredible tropical forests, caves and azure seas, to discover the unique tastes of our tribal cuisine and the centuries-old arts, crafts, rites and textiles of our multi-ethnic nation.
And for anyone who needs reminding of just what awaits festival-goers who plan to return to Miri in 2021, Evelyn Hii, curator of Borneo Jazz and owner of Kuala Lumpur’s mythical jazz club, No Black Tie, presents her own personal playlist featuring highlight performances from the last two editions of Borneo Jazz.
Learn also about the Festival’s commitment to promote young artists from Malaysia and South East Asia in an exciting emerging-artists competition, as well as the unwavering promotion of a responsible, sustainable ecological philosophy, from a #NoPlastic campaign to the innovative Eco Drum programme.
So heads up, hands aloft and big smiles! Borneo Jazz is back! Join us on our Instagram and Facebook pages for news and developments as we head towards BORNEO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021. Mark these dates: June 25th to 27th 2021. See you all in Miri soon!
ECO DRUM JAM is an eco-friendly initiative and community music outreach programme, to create unique drums and percussion instruments from recycling waste and to produce feel-good beats from community drumming sessions as a lead up to Borneo Jazz Festival 2021..
The eco-friendly initiative by No Black Tie, Malaysia’s leading jazz representative and co-organiser of Borneo Jazz Festival, Eco Drum Jam will be led by renowned percussionist and founder of ASIABEAT, Lewis Pragasam.
Lewis will be sharing his knowledge in creating customised drums and percussion instruments made entirely of composite recycled materials. This will be followed by community drumming workshops and performances.
“Miri is the home of Borneo Jazz and we are excited to present Eco Drum Jam as an ongoing community outreach programme for the festival, which will be in its 15th edition, from 25th to 27th June 2021. Eco Drum Jam will take place regularly in Miri leading up to Borneo Jazz Festival, to identify local talents to participate in our music workshops, as well as being community-driven and environmental-conscious.”
“We believe in nurturing local talents by providing a platform to discover, inspire and encourage mutual listening and learning. We also hope that it would eventually culminate in a unique community performance at the festival in 2021!”, says Evelyn Hii, founder of No Black Tie and artistic director of Borneo Jazz Festival. .
RHYTHM OF THE JUNGLE: ECO DRUM JAM - Miri 1 & 2
A unique and glorious motown-themed valentine celebration held at the Goldenbay hotel, bintulu.
A prelude to the upcoming borneo jazz festival, the glittering show featured a stellar cast of singers dasha logan, poova, rozz and the vocal prince of borneo pete kallang.
paying tribute to the evergreen hits and spectacular artists of the legendary motown label, the singers were backed by dennis law on piano, oliver chan on bass, wayne tan on drums, faz Aznam on guitar, adil johan on sax, and bob on trumpet.
As one of the most popular destinations in Sarawak, Miri forms a gateway to the famous Gunung Mulu National Park and Niah National Park.
The city is home to a population of about 300,000 people, and this makes it the second biggest city of Sarawak behind Kuching. For the best views on the city of Miri you should visit Bukit Telaga Minyak (Canada Hill).
The coast of Miri is a great place to dive; especially around the recent discovered diving spots Miri/Sibuti Marine National Park. the unspoiled coral is dazzling and absolutely worth a visit when you're a dive enthusiast as it contains a variety of coral and marine life that rivals the best anywhere in Borneo.