In case you missed it: 2011 Kollaboration San Francisco

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It has been over a week since Asian and Pacific Islander (API) presented the 2nd Annual Kollaboration SF at Zellerbach Hall: University of California, Berkeley but this AsianWeek reporter is still looking at the footage she recorded as well as the full performances on the Facebook Kollaboration page to revisit the entertaining night all over again.

Kollaboration is APIs annual event to promote and showcase the strong API presence in entertainment and media.

This year the winner was presented with a $1000 Grand Prize by Marvell, open for last year’s winner Clara Chung at her San Francisco concert and the opportunity to compete in Kollaboration LA.

Favorite moments include the youngest contestant Ji-Hern’s surprise inclusion of Bruno Mars’ lyrics from the song “Lighters” in his performance.

Throughout Zellerbach, audience members united together to sway their lit cellular phones in support.

Shawn Megofna also did a cover of one of my personal favorite songs right now, Stereo Hearts, by Gym Class Heroes ft Adam Levine.

Comedian guest performers Kabeezy and David So both had the room in fits of laughter so much that I could not keep my hand stable to capture a minute of their performances like I intended.

Guest performer Jane Lui had the audience showcase their harmonies in an interactive chorus to back up her whimsical soft vocals, which actually sounded quite beautiful.

Love Revolution was the most energetic of all the performances while Sol 2:7 had the most moving piece that evening.

Alex Carbonel’s original was a catchy love song while Johnny Hi-Fi gave the contest a soft rock edge.

Academy of Villains and Fallen Kings showed that Asians can do more than just sing but can hip hop dance.

Not to be outshined by the competitors and guest performers Jeremy Lin represented for the judges by dancing the Dougie on stage at the beginning of the show.

The well-known and talented singer AJ Rafael closed the show on a high note with two songs; one included his new one entitled Emma Watson.

Even though all the acts brought their top game that evening it was the smooth styling of ANAK who won the panel of judges over with their reminiscent Boyz II Men harmonies and Usher dance moves.

Overall the night never had a dull moment and Kollaboration reinforced that Asian Americans have some major talent that needs to be widely showcased for the public to see.

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Majoring in journalism (print and online) and minoring in international relations at San Francisco State University. A&E reporter for SF State's Golden Gate Xpress.