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Apr 23, 2011
by Anna Ing - Sampan

Kollaboration Boston– Boston’s First Asian American Talent show

by Anna Ing on April 22, 2011

Kollaboration Boston motto “Empowerment through Entertainment” touted itself as the city’s first Asian American talent contest had a sold out show last Saturday night on April 16th. It was an exciting and fun night at John Hancock hall filled with the nine finalists who all competed for the coveted grand prize of $1,000 and second prize of $200. There were special guests and performances by AHMIR, D-Pryde, Erika David, Jane Lui and Sam Kang. The honorary judges comprised of singers Vudoo Soul and Jane Lui, Static Noyze Dance Company choreographer/dancer Sarah Elentukh and  Artistic Director Enrique Novales, with spoken word artist Giles Li rounding out the group.

Paul Kim founded the first Kollaboration in 2000 to bring Asian American talent to the mainstream media and since then, this has grown all over North America from LA, Chicago, Seattle to Toronto with Boston added as the 12th newest city.  In 2006, Kollaboration got their 509(c)3 nonprofit status and incorporated.

The night’s MC Roy Choi from Mars Entertainment shared that this was the first time where over 90% of the audience were college students. The Kollaboration Boston finalists include: step team Blackout, Dance groups: A Portrait in Space, Synergy and Unofficial Project, Lyrists: Diverse Duo, Beat Boxer Kris Liu, Vocalists Liz Peter and Gen, Neil & Isaac along with Live Band: Migga Milla. But the big winner of the night was Tufts’ University Blackout Step Team with Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company taking home the second prize.  Congratulations to Blackout and Synergy!


Boston University's hip hop dance crew Unofficial Project entertained the audience with their high energy performance. (Courtesy of Kollaboration Boston)–-boston’s-first-asian-american-talent-show/