Shot by Sachiko Asada
It’s a common misconception that Sister Duke is a group or at least a duo, when it’s actually only associated to one name, Nengah Krisnarini.
Founded in 2005, Sister Duke was initially a duo that she formed with her friend whom she met during her university years in Sydney, Australia. But after a year of musical journey in Sister Duke together, her partner decided to pull out.
Nengah then decided to continue the legacy and became Sister Duke’s main producer, singer, and songwriter. Drawing inspirations from Nu Jazz and Soul music, she produced Sister Duke’s debut album “Highlight of the Day” with the help from Doni Joesran. The album was released in 2007 under Can Opener Records with distribution by Demajors. It was met with numerous glowing reviews, including from Rolling Stone Indonesia who regarded it as one of “20 Best Indonesian Albums of 2008”.
In 2010, the radio hit “Kreyzie” was featured in the compilation “Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape volume 30,” making Sister Duke as the first Indonesian artist involved in this German-based platform. In January 2011, through votes cast online, Sister Duke became one of the only two Asian artists chosen to be included in Mixed Tape’s “Full Spectrum”— featuring 10 favorite tracks from the previous 36 compilations.
In 2011, Nengah was back in the studio for Sister Duke and teamed up again with Doni Joesran to produce “MYOB.” The long awaited single was released in November and is available for free download from Sister Duke’s SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/sisterduke).
Sister Duke has performed in prestigious events such as Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta Crossover Jazz Festival, Jak Jazz Festival, JGTC, Sundaze, Locafore Jazz Festival, Cleo Fashion Awards, Ferrari California Launch Party, Hard Rock Café Bali as the opening act for the leading Nu Jazz/Acid Jazz artist Monday Michiru, and Majazztic – a cocktail charity party for bush fire appeal in Melbourne, Australia.