KUALA LUMPUR, 13 May 2022- One of Southeast Asia’s longest running international jazz festivals, Borneo Jazz festival (BJ) welcomes back a diverse talented international mix of performers at its “Jazz in The Jungle” themed event happening from 24 to 26 June 2022 at Coco Cabana, Miri in a hybrid format.

This year, the list of confirmed artists will be showcasing artists with a rich multi-layered musical affair with Afro Asia feat. Steve Thornton performing a fusion of all things jazz with a unique sound backed with uplifting and infectious beats.

Afro Asia feat. Steve Thornton

Steve, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has played with some of the most important names in jazz history including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Jr., Tania Maria, Herbie Hancock, Sadao Watanabe and David Sanborn.

His influences in Latin, Jazz, R&B, Brazilian and African music deeply influence his work and is prominent in Afro Asia’s sound that combines jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms, playing Rumba, Guaguanco, Samba, Calypso and Salsa while featuring sounds of percussion instruments from the regions of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

To add to Afro Asia’s melodious dissidence of international sounds will be Kamrul Hussin on Malay percussions along with Sesatre Bansuri on Indian and traditional flutes. The group’s performance will also feature Asia’s brightest jazz trio featuring pianist Eric Li, bassist Rozhan Razman and drummer John Thomas.

Performing at the 17th edition of Borneo Jazz festival is also the talented ‘Queen of Southeast Asian Hip-hop and Reggae’, Singaporean-Canadian rapper MASIA ONE. 

Singaporean-Canadian rapper MASIA ONE

She is also an entrepreneur, songwriter, and arts educator which truly defines her ‘Queendom’. As an artist, she draws inspiration from the Caribbean where she spent a significant amount of time.

A true international Empress, MASIA has impressive credentials having worked with a slew of great artists from Pharrell, Dr Dre, The Game, RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), to even Hong Kong actor and pop star Edison Chen.

No stranger to music festivals, MASIA has headlined festivals such as Burning Man, Laneway, Ultra Music Japan, Pink Dot Singapore, Inside Out Australia, and Singjazz Singapore where she opened up for Lauryn Hill. Her latest full-length album titled ‘Far East Empress’ was released in 2018 and is her first release album as an artist based out of Singapore titled ‘Time Wastin’.

When describing her secret to writing catching songs, she says “I’ll write hip-hop songs that come lyrically aggressive and stringent rhythmically, and balance that with singing reggae music which reconnects me with the irie life and exploring melodies and rhythms that are purposely not perfectly hitting the syncopated beat.”

Borneo Jazz festival 2022

Themed “Jazz in The Jungle”, the 17th edition will be held in a hybrid format for the first time from 24th – 26th June 2022 at Coco Cabana, Miri and will be joined by performers from countries namely Singapore, Japan, France, Switzerland, USA, Hungary and India.

Borneo Jazz will also be providing fun and educating fringe activities from 24th – 26th June 2022 open to the public such as Eco Art Project, Borneo Boat Lute Exhibition, Miri Sape Movement – ‘Evolution of the Sape’, Wellness Programme and Artisanal Craft Bazaar.

Jazz music lovers can start purchasing tickets for BJ starting now from the official website at or directly from our official ticket resellers, Miri City Council at [email protected] and Transworld Travel Services Sdn Bhd at [email protected].

For the public category, 1 Day Pass is priced at RM128 per ticket, 2 Day Pass is RM228 per ticket and 3 Day Pass is RM338 per ticket. As for students and senior citizens, 1 Day Pass is priced at RM88 per ticket, 2 Day Pass is RM128 per ticket and 3 Day Pass is RM188 per ticket.

For those who want to enjoy BJ virtually, tickets are priced at RM25 per one-hour block. For more information on Borneo Jazz festival 2022, log on to BJ’s official website at

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