Kollaboration Boston 3 empowers and entertains
By Sherrie Choong
The third Kollaboration Boston talent show took place on Oct. 11 at the Berklee Performance Center. Kollaboration is a nonprofit organization dedicated in providing a platform for young Asian American artists to showcase their talents. Its mission is “Empowerment through Entertainment.”
The event featured seven local talents: UPdrifting (dance), Justin Oppus (vocal), Angel and Will (piano/vocal), Daesun Yim (piano), Derek Hsu (yo-yo), LuDow (lyricist) and Movement Box (vocal/dance). Together, they showcased some of the city’s best dancers, musicians, vocalists, rappers and yo-yo artists.
Boston’s winner, Chinese yo-yo artist Derek Hsu, won a $1,000 cash prize and the chance to compete against Kollaboration winners from other cities for a $20,000 grand prize at Kollaboration Star in Los Angeles on Nov. 16.
There were also two freestyle challenges, where audience members could compete for a $50 cash prize. The challenges involved a vocal challenge and a dance challenge, attracting 11 enthusiastic audience members.
The judges for Kollaboration Boston 3 were Ellen Kim, AJ Rafael and Andrew Rhim. Each judge also performed for the audience at the end of the event. Ellen Kim showcased her dancing skills, while AJ Rafael and Andrew Rhim performed several songs, including two original songs “Without You” and “She was Mine.” Justin Chiou, winner of Kollaboration Boston 2012, guest performed.
Hsu first picked up the Chinese yo-yo as a hobby through YouTube videos and online forums. The Chinese yo-yo is different from Western yo-yo because it is spun with two sticks tied together with a string and can be tossed into the air, swung around the body and other complex movements. Hsu’s yo-yo techniques grabbed the audience’s attention.
The first runner-up was Movement Box.
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