| Aziz Idris |
BRITISH Grammy Award-winning singer Joss Stone captivated the audience with her powerful vocals during a one-night only performance at the charity gala dinner in support of the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA) at the Jerudong International School (JIS) Arts Centre in Jerudong on Monday night.
Present at the gala dinner were Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with their spouses.
British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay and spouse as well as other guests comprising Diplomatic Corps members, sponsors and local music fans were also present.
Brunei was part of Joss Stone’s ‘Total World Tour’ which began in 2013. Since then, she has landed on six continents and visited over 170 countries. Through the tour, she is aiming to perform in every country recognised by the United Nations (UN).
In each country, Stone also raised awareness about world music, culture and over 200 charitable initiatives through public shows, collaboration with local artistes and visits to charity organisations.
“I want to show people the immense amount of good work and creativity happening all over the world and to encourage others to take responsibility for helping to solve the world’s many social and environmental issues,” said the singer and songwriter. The British singer belted out over a dozen of her hit songs and covers in a show that lasted over 60 minutes while interacting with the crowd and telling stories that inspired her musical career.
During her short visit in the Sultanate, Joss Stone collaborated with rising local artiste Syasya Sahira for her first single Ingkar.
Syasya also opened the show for the British singer along with local singers Amin Nordin and Naqibah Fadzil, performing popular Malay and English current hits.
Born Joscelyn Stoker, the 32-year-old Joss Stone started her career in the musical industry at the age of 13, securing her first record deal at just 15. Hailing from Devon, United Kingdom, Joss Stone rose to fame with her debut album The Soul Sessions in 2003.
Under her belt are collaborations with top worldwide-known artistes such as Sting, Mick Jagger and Damien Marley.