MILFF 2018 is bigger, but is it any better?

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Writer Hans Christian Andersen once said, “When words fail, music speaks”. For some, music is about expressing repressed emotions, for others it’s a way of connecting with people, a way of life.

“There’s no better way of connecting music and people than at a concert,” says Mojo Projects Sdn Bhd operations director, Mogethen Gowrisan.

“Watching something live at a concert and satiating all your aural needs is an experience that goes beyond the senses. It hits you right at your core,” he adds.

After a string of successes, Mojo Projects brings back the Malaysian Independent Live Fusion Festival (MILFF) next month. In its third installation, MILFF promises all the right notes.

“The Indian music scene is phenomenal. Not only do you have a thriving film music industry, you also have an amazing array of original music coming out,” says Mojo Projects producer, Ratna Kumar Nadarajan.

“We are trying to fuse both worlds on one stage,” he adds.

This year, MILFF will see contemporary singer Benny Dayal, jazz songstress Andrea Jeremiah, veena extraordinaire Rajhesh Vaidhya and guitarist Sean Roldan amongst a lineup of more than 50 singers and musicians from India. Joining them on stage will be homegrown legends Sasi The Don and #PU4LYF.

Happening on Sept 8 at StarXpo, Kenanga Wholesale City in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, MILFF is a one-of-a -kind concert that revels in bringing exceptional music to the masses.

Both Gowrisan and Nadarajan believe that the Malaysian Indian music fans are deprived of quality concert going experiences. Thus, Mojo Projects was formed to dish concerts that were punctual, professional and only about the music. This year alone, they have delivered three intimate concerts at Hotel Istana that saw close to 1500 people at each. Their consistent immaculate delivery has kept the crowd returning for more.

Charming himself into your heart

Benny Dayal, who hails from Kerala, is claimed to be music maestro AR Rahman’s blue-eyed boy. After churning out some hit numbers for Rahman, he went on to become a judge in the Indian adaption of The Voice. The 34-year-old Dayal is currently working on music reality show called Lockdown. On Sept 8, Dayal will be performing with his big band, Funktuation.

The quadruple threat you need to look out for

Andrea Jeremiah is what the entertainment industry calls a quadruple threat. She acts, sings, dances and plays a music instrument. And boy, does she do it all to a tee. Jeremiah, 34, is currently on tour promoting her latest film with super star Kamal Hassan, Vishwaroopam II and Vishwaroop 2 in Hindi. She will next be seen in Vada Chennai alongside Dhanush and Aishwarya Rajesh and another film titled Kaa in key roles. At MILFF, Jeremiah will be backed up by a live band led by music director, Leon James.

Fusing the worlds of classical and contemporary with ease

Rajhesh Vaidhya was born into a rich musical environment. The 45-year-old inherited his indigenous talents from his father Sri.K.M. Vaidyanathan, a stalwart both in mridangam and ghatam. Apart from his blistering speed, Vaidhya’s performance is distinguished by his use of electric and amplified strings. Within the veena and south Indian music tradition, he is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and technically beguiling artists. Taking a more contemporary approach, Vaidhya will be performing with his own band of musicians at MILFF.

Clapton of India

Raghavendra Raja Rao, 33, known by his stage name Sean Roldan, is a musician, who has worked on Carnatic, independent and film soundtracks for the Tamil film industry. His father is popular mridangam player Srimushnam Raja Rao. Roldan rose to fame for his work in the Tamil-Malayalam bilingual Vaayai Moodi Pesavum / Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram, and subsequently on tracks Vaa Machaney from Irudhi Sutru and Kannana Kanne of Naanum Rowdy Thaan. Featuring producer and bassist, Aalap Raju, in the band, Roldan’s set at MILFF promises funkadelic music.

Malaysian star Sasi the Don has been singing in the reggae and dance genre since 2000, having released five albums to date. He has collaborated with reggae legends Apache Indian, Dr. Alban and Maxi Priest. Back with new music, Sasi promises the release of another album later this year and a preview of it to his fans at MILFF.

Malaysian Indian music mogul in the making

#PU4LYF is a Malaysian entertainment company owned by Charles John Macallum aka Rabbit Mac. It is a full-service entertainment company housing a record label, talent agency, event management company and music publishing house. The company is home to a diverse roster of recording artists, musicians and record producers such as Rabbit Mac, Sheezay, Havoc Mathan, Havoc Naven, Santesh, DJ Gan, Klang Kai, Candyman and Lawrence Soosai. MILFF will see the team set the stage on fire in a live setting, something they’ve never done before.

Tickets to MILFF 2018 can be obtained at www.airasiaredtix.com. Alternatively, call 012-2000505.

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