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Concert review: American singer India Arie brings groovy positivity to jazz festival

Published on Mar 2, 2014 9:20 AM
 
American singer-songwriter India Arie packed a whole lot of soul and groove as the closing act for the third night of the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

American singer-songwriter India Arie packed a whole lot of soul and groove as the closing act for the third night of the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival on Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning RnB songbird was a bundle of positivity from the moment she came on-stage, ad-libbing on her opening song to let her audience know that she had come a long way to be in Singapore, and that "there will never be another night like this".

There was truth in her proclamation: the 38-year-old singer delivered an unforgettable performance. Her music, performed with the help of her seven-piece supporting band, was good, but it was the way she engaged her fans that made the experience even more enjoyable.

"Pay attention to the lyrics and the words," she told her audience at the start of the show. "I want to spread love, healing, peace and joy through my music...listen to the show with your heart," she explained, with the kind of sincerity that was easy to believe.

 
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