World Fusion Music Band
More popularly known as AkashA, this eclectic seven-piece World Fusion Music band is internationally acclaimed for their unique sounds incorporating Malaysian music and rhythms with other styles of music from African, Celtic, Chinese, Cuban jazz, Latin beats and more. AkashA itself embodies the melting pot of Malaysia, comprising Jamie Wilson Abdullah (guitar), Nizam Azis (world percussions), Eric Li (piano), Kumar Karthigesu (sitar), Greg Henderson (bass guitar), Vick Ramakrishnan (tabla, vocal percussions), and Badar Ben Taleb (rebana and percussions).
Playing music from the heart, AkashA has entranced many audience their entertaining and upbeat performances. The band dabbles in various genres, from local ethnic sounds to Blues, Bluegrass, Latin, Bossanova, Middle Eastern, Classical and even Old Western, among others. Sitar with guitar, rebana with djembe, the cajon keeping pace with the lilts of the eukelele, jazz piano…Hindustani Raga style. The traditional Malay Zapin with a Western twist, Irish stepdance with a hint of American blues, ‘konnukol’ or voice percussion, challenging Spanish flamenco music, and the rhythms of the Malay kompang accompanying a fiery pentatonic tune of a Chinese melody….. the connection and seamless bonding of Eastern and Western instrumentation and world genres presents itself in AkashA, taking the listeners deep into a sublime environment of musical ‘One-ness’.
These diverse styles of music, woven together with the magical thread of acoustic ethnic instruments from Malaysia and around the globe, makes AkashA’s music catchy, easily enjoyable, and appreciated by all.
Akasha has performed at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dewan Philharmonic Petronas; and represented Malaysia at various international music festivals including the Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak; Swan and Lights Festival, Perth; International Blues and World Music Festival Phuket; the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa, Chiang Mai International Arts Festival; Fetheye World Music Festival, Turkey and Hakodate World Music Festival, Japan. Akasha also received four nominations at the 2011 VIMA Awards, Asia’s first independent music awards, where they won the awards for Best Instrumental Act and Best World Music Act. Their album “Into Akasha” also won the Best Engineered album at Malaysia’s music industry awards, Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in 2010.