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Friday evening at the Pori Jazz Festival kicked off in a modest rain when the British soul singer, Joss Stone, stepped on stage. Early in her set, she said that she will sing “a little reggae to bring the sun out.” She followed with the mellow “Cut The Line” but not even Stone, The Queen of Contemporary Soul, could enchant Mother Nature. But she surely seduced me. And I have a feeling, I am not the only one.
Toward the end of her set, she asked the Finnish pop singer, Jenni Vartiainen, to join her in a duet for Vartiainen’s song “Suru on kunniavieras (Sorrow is an honorary guest).” Stone sang the chorus in Finnish, proving that she is a great fan of Vartiainen’s work.
Lauryn Hill, the soul and rap icon, was the headliner of Friday. She performed her songs with an acoustic guitar, accompanied by a live band. She gave an artistic twist to most songs, which made it sometimes hard to follow. But at her status, she is allowed to do anything and most fans will like it. She is, after all, a legend.
Pori Jazz is one of the pioneering music festivals in Finland, arranged in the city of Pori in Satakunta region at the west coast.
The nine-day festival culminates to the main concerts in Kirjurinluoto Concert Park, from July 14-16, and Finland Today will bring you the highlights of the main weekend in pictures.