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Jakarta Post

Dira J. Sugandi, WHAT A GIRL WANTS

  • Matheos Viktor Messakh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 6 2009   /  12:29 pm

Jazz singer Dira Sugandi might still be finding her way in the music scene, but she believes firmly that where there's a will, there's a way. And she has the will. About eight years ago, when British acid jazz band Incognito performed in Bandung, the then 21-year-old Dira stood in the front row, dancing and singing along with the band. "I knew all of their songs so I sang along with the show," she recalls. "Then I was asked to sing on stage with the band. I sang *Still a friend of mine' and after that they asked me to go backstage after the show." The next year, Dira was asked to sing with the band on their Indonesian tour of Bandung, Surabaya, Jakarta and Medan. Incognito leader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick told Asha Brodie from JazzReview.com "Dira turned up at one of our shows in Indonesia . in her early teens. She t...