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Malaysian jazz swings on despite pandemic

Performers and venues join forces to sustain live music

The Shanghai Sisters, formed by Yon Lynn, left, Janet Lee, center, and Winnie Ho, deliver retro tunes in Mandarin, English and Malay. (Courtesy of Janet Lee)

KUALA LUMPUR -- As the last piano notes fade into crashing applause, jazz singer Junji Delfino ends her final soulful number and steps center stage, facing the crowd. "Thank you," she breathes into the microphone as the hall goes quiet. "You can't imagine how happy I am to be here onstage with you tonight."

The feeling is mutual. The concert, in late September, was the first time Delfino, one of Malaysia's top jazz singers, had performed live since March, when the country locked down to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols ruled out live shows.

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