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Lauryn Hill, Jamie Cullum, Estelle, Incognito, and More Headline the Upcoming Singapore International Jazz Fest

Twelve world-class artists will command each stage of SING JAZZ totalling over 30 hours of live music spread throughout that single weekend.

There's nothing more euphoric than being sardined in a single venue with people who are as passionate about the same music as you are.

When it comes to jazz, there’s one event that Asian fans have come to anticipate for this experience. From April 6 to 8, about 20,000 jazz fans will once again fill up the Marina Bay Sands for the fifth installation of the Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ). The three-night musical production takes place across multiple stages and covers every sub-genre of jazz: soul, blues, latin, funk, R&B, hip-hop, world music, and electro swing.

This year’s lineup of acts is even more exciting. Twelve world-class artists will command each stage of SING JAZZ for over 30 hours of live music spread throughout that single weekend.

Singapore's JASSO

Taking the main stage on Friday afternoon, April 6, will be headliner Parov Stelar. On Saturday, April 7, Grammy Award-winning soul crooner Lalah Hathaway and British jazz-pop sensation Jamie Cullum will each have their own sets. Hathaway is best known for collaborating with top artists such as Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar. Cullum will be making his return to SING JAZZ after headlining in 2014. He's sold 10 million albums worldwide. Wrapping up these performances on Sunday, April 8 will be Singapore’s own Jazz Association SG Orchestra (JASSO), led by Jeremy Monteiro, who is also known as “The King of Swing.” The evening culminates with acts The House of Gypsies, Brand New Heavies, and Incognito.

Parov Stelar will be the headliners on the Main Stage on Friday, April 6.

Jamie Cullum returns to SING JAZZ after performing in 2014.

On The Late Show stage, acts begin much later (10 p.m.) and wrap up during the wee hours of the morning (4 a.m.). Friday’s lineup promises a strong start with a dose of R&B and hip-hop artist Tim De Cotta, leading up to a much more nostalgic jazz performance by JAZZ SING first-timer Soul II Soul. The twice-awarded Grammy winners, who have captivated jazz fans since their 1989 chart-toppers “Back to Life” and “Keep on Moving,” have toured the world and played at iconic venues, but this is the first time they will ever perform in Singapore. The mood will shift from classic to pop after Los Angeles-based singer Estelle and her eight-piece band come on. Drem, a Filipino DJ who grew up in Singapore, will cap off the stellar Friday night roster.


Estelle will fly in from Los Angeles especially for the weekend.


The momentum on Saturday’s Late Show stage will continue with rapper, singer, and DJ MAS1A opening for American singer-songwriter and rapper Lauryn Hill. Another first-timer on the Singapore stage, Hill built her reputation with the band The Fugees, as its sole female member. Following her will be DJ Nu-Mark and Jnr Tirso. 

Lauryn Hill

This year, concert-goers who would like to avoid the crowds may book tickets to the Diablo Lounge, where they can enjoy bottles of wine or a glass of Champagne while enjoying the music. For attendees of The Late Show, VIP ticket holders may expect exclusive service in a private lounge good enough to fit 20. 

Tickets for the Singapore International Jazz Festival are available online at and


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