I just got back from rocking the Asia Music Festival in Miri, Sarawak together with my Singapura Reggae band, The Irietones. As we wait for the images and videos from the festival to roll in (which was really an amazing lineup of artists around Asia) here are pictures from our after party!
Somewhere between loosing my voice and lack of sleep I proposed to the band that we should play 1 more show before leaving town. Because the Irietones are amazing they all agreed to rock an impromptu show...with Iskanda "Ska Man" taking over on bass (our bass player had to leave town early). We all agreed that Reggae music is for the people and were charged up to play 1 more time for Sarawak! The local Miri homey Nurol made a few phone calls, and before we knew it we were in a car on the way to World Station Club, a local disco. We blatantly interrupted the Jennifer Lopez EDM remixes to begin our show, and people looked on with curiosity. One song in and the whole crowd was rocking with us, yelling back Alright OK! and throwing their hands in the air, waving like they just don't care.
The amazing thing about this show is that for that short moment in time, when we interrupted the fervent gyration of drunken rear ends to electronic beats, the shine came back into the people's eyes. They listened to a message and a positive vibration and allowed conscious thought about the sound they were absorbing soak into their brain cells. For that slight moment, zombie turned into music head and we played some Reggae music for the people.
I have to mention that before this escapade, I was honored to share the last song at Asia Music Festival with amazing artists Ras Muhamad and Salam Musik. I invited both Ras Muhamad and Salam to join us for this after party jam session. 5 minutes after getting off stage, upon leaving the venue, we saw both artists and their bands roll up. Although the stars did not align this time, it was deeply humbling to see these great South East Asian artists so ready to come together and represent a unified movement in music. It is my sincerest wish that we have more opportunities, through festivals and shows to come together with other amazing talents across the region. This always allows the understanding that this Roots, Rock, Reggae movement is much bigger than individual artists, but the shaping of a positive message in the airwaves and stratospheres of everyday people. Bless up Ras Muhamad and Salam Musik until we meet again.