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11-27-2012 19:42 BJT

Jazz music festivals may be common in many parts of the world, but definitely not in this small village in Indonesia. Thousands attended the jazz festival that marries jazz and traditional Indonesian music.

Thirty groups of jazz musicians gathered to perform during the 5th Ngayogjazz in Brayut village.

The organisers set up six stages, including one near the market, one near a banana garden and another in a house.

Organisers said more than 10,000 people turned up for the festival, which is a huge increase from the first festival which only had 1,000 attendees.

Unlike other jazz festivals in the country, the one-day event did not feature international musicians.

Many of the local bands merged traditional Indonesian tunes to the music to give it a different flavour.

Jazz music fan Ulul Khasanah said, "Many people think that jazz is upper-class music but I like it. I think this is a good way to promote jazz."

Rain started pouring in the evening, but the fans were undeterred, standing in the rain with umbrellas, ponchos, and even banana leaves to watch their favourite band play.

The concert location was different from what the performers were used to, so the musicians found it challenging.

Jazz musician Robert Muliahardja said, "We had to do some improvisations here and there. We had to adjust with the venue, the local sound. And the result was different from what we expected, but it was fun."

Ngayogjazz has been held in different villages in Yogyakarta province five times. It’s roughly 440 kilometers east of the capital Jakarta.

To promote more awareness, the festival has been free-of-charge for all who are interested to attend.

Jazz music festivals may be common in many parts of the world, but definitely not in this small village in Indonesia. Thousands

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