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Dira Sugandi: In touch with acting

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 5 2010   /  12:57 pm

JP/Zul Trio AnggonoJoining the cast for the musical Laskar Pelangi, singer Dira Sugandi is getting busy as she is also preparing for the release of her new album.Like other ordinary young women, Dira Yulianti Sugandi, 22, was enthusiastic when lining up for hours for a front row seat at the concert of jazz band Incognito. It was in her hometown, Bandung, back in 2001.During the concert, she danced and sang along — she knew all their songs by heart. She was surprised when Incognito vocalist Xavier Barnett offered her the microphone and asked her to sing Still a Friend of Mine with the band. After the impromptu song, Barnett asked her to meet after the gig. It might be a coincidence, it might be destiny — but the moment changed Dira’s life. The next day, Barnett introduced her to his producer, Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick.  A year later, International Java Jazz Festival promote...