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Earth, Wind & Fire's rousing performance of hit song September cut off abruptly at jazz festival

Published on Mar 3, 2014 5:15 PM
 
Music group: Earth, Wind & Fire. Some of the members of the original line-up are Verdine White (left), Philip Bailey (centre) and Ralph Johnson (right). The inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival, which ended on Sunday, left some audience members singing the blues about the treatment of the iconic American band Earth, Wind & Fire.  -- FILE PHOTO: OFFSHORE ENTERTAINMENT

The inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival, which ended on Sunday, left some audience members singing the blues about the treatment of the iconic American band Earth, Wind & Fire.

At the stroke of midnight, while the group was in the middle of a rousing rendition of their hit single September, the stage lights and sound were abruptly cut, leaving both musicians and audience members in the dark as to what had happened.

Mr Daniel Ho, 23, was among the audience at the outdoor Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands when the lights and sounds went off. "Everyone was really excited when they began to play September," says Mr Ho, who is studying psychology and communications and new media at the National University of Singapore.

"The experience was indeed quite awesome, and there were really quite a lot of people dancing, which is rare in Singapore. So it really did come as a shock when the song was cut. I felt really confused initially, because throughout the set, there were minor glitches, feedback, sound cuts and stuff, so I thought it might have been an audio problem."

 
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