Rainforest World Music Festival 2014

June 1, 2014 by  
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Rainforest World Music Festival 2014 promises to be another exciting event this year. With local and international performers giving their best on this stage, this is the one event that you cannot miss.

One of Sarawak’s representatives is Nading Rhapsody, the famous Iban band, which performance mainly shows the Iban ethnic’s mythical story of Nading, the legendary god of a place called “Panggau Libau”. Nading Rhapsody is an Avant-Garde Borneo Ethnic Music band with young musicians. The members of this band are Boy Keevin (Composer / Bass Guitar), RaWa (Ruding / Acoustic Guitar/ Sape’), Yen (Tribal Percussion), Roy (Lyrics / Vocal / Chants), Christ (Lyrics / Vocal / Dance) and Opah (Vocal / Chants).

Nading Rhapsody from Sarawak

Nading Rhapsody, an awesome local group from Sarawak

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Another Sarawak’s groups are Sape & Warrior, a sape and warrior dance performance; Bisayah Gong Orchestra, which group members come from a village called Kampung Pengkala Madang in Limbang, Sarawak, performing their infamous unique and soulful music; Lan E Tuyang, leads by Mathew Ngau Jau, who has been playing the sape (boat shaped lute of Sarawak) since he was little; and Bedok Ensemble, which performance consist of playing bedok drums.

Geng Wak Long, the Kelantanese expertise in traditional art genres such as Wayang Kulit (Shadow Play), Dikir Barat, Kelantanese Silat, Makyung, Tari Inai and other north-east Malaysia arts is one of two representatives from Peninsula Malaysia. Geng Wak Long is made up mostly of family members, trained by the late Pak Awang Hamzah. Another group is Yayasan Warisan Johor Zapin Group that will perform the zapin dance, a traditional dance from Johor.

Geng Wak Long, the Kelantan representative

Geng Wak Long, the Kelantan representative

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Representative from our neighbouring country of Singapore is Ding Yi Music Company, which was formerly known as Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble. Their captivating performance will charm the audiences with their vast repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary avant-garde interpretations and cross-genre works.

Ding Yi

Representing Singapore is Ding Yi Music Company

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Talago Buni from Indonesia is a group that portrays the Minangkabau traditional music. There are three types of Minangkabau music which is the melancholic and mystical music from the highlands, music from the west-coast and music connected to the religious culture of Islam. These three types of music make Talago Buni special.

Then, enjoy the Japanese folk music performance from three splendid musicians from Japan who called themselves Ryuz. The members are Shigeri Kitsu, who performs folk singing while playing the folk drum; Nobuto Yamanaka, a superb tsugaru-shamisen (traditional string instrument) player; and Kazuki Kunihiro who compose the unique music for the group besides playing the drum.

Ryuz, the three talented musicians from Japan

Ryuz, the three talented musicians from Japan

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Look forward to an exciting performance from Canada by Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. Their performance will surely give you an unforgettable experience. Watch Gordie MacKeeman’s thrilling dance style mixed with his great bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s powerful guitar solos, and the energetic multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes.

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

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Furthermore, dance along with Blackbeard’s Tea Party from England as they dazzled you with their unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza. The sound created from the combination of fiddles and squeezeboxes, guitar noise and synth bass, and a feast of international percussion will mesmerize you.

Blackbeards Tea Party from England

Blackbeards Tea Party from England

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is an Italy’s representative, consists of a group of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today’s global audience. Dakha Brakha is world-music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine create a world of unexpected new music with their sound and soul element.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, a group of young performers from Italy

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, a group of young performers from Italy

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Debademba is a duo formed by Abdoulaye Traore´ and Mohamed Diaby. The former is an exceptional acoustic and electric guitar performer that has mastered a wide range of African musical genres, while the latter has an extraordinary vocal capacity. Horomona Horo is a solo act from New Zealand. He has fused the traditional instruments of the Maori, taongapuoro (singing treasures) to create musical forms depicting their culture.

A group of street musicians from Tanzania who called themselves Jagwa Music surely captivate you with their music from the traditional and makeshift percussion and a battered vintage Casio. The two breathtakingly remarkable dancers and a lead vocalist are the front persons in the group. Their songs are mainly about survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers and voodoo.

Jagwa Music, a group of remarkable street musicians from Tanzania

Jagwa Music, a group of remarkable street musicians from Tanzania

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Other performers that you should look forward to are Jamie Smith’s Mabon from Wales, Kalakan from Spain, Karinthalakoottam from South India, Lo Còr de la plana from France, Stephan Micus from Germany and Son Yambu from Cuba.

Below is the showtimes taken from Rainforest World Music Festival website.

FRIDAY   20th June

TIME

THEATRE STAGE

JUNGLE STAGE

TREE STAGE

2.00 – 2.45 pm

TALAGO BUNI
(Indonesia)

3.30 – 4.15 pm

HOROMONA HORO
(New Zealand)

7.30 – 7.40 pm

SAPE & WARRIOR
(Sarawak)

7.40 – 8.15 pm

BISAYAH GONG ORCHESTRA
(Sarawak)

8.15 – 9.15 pm

KALAKAN
(Basque Country)

9.15 – 10.15 pm

SON YAMBU
(Cuba / UK)

10.15 – 11.15 pm

KARINTHALAKOOTTAM
(India)

11.15 pm  – 00.20 am

BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY
(England)

SATURDAY 21st June

TIME

THEATRE STAGE

JUNGLE STAGE

TREE STAGE

2.00 – 2.45 pm

DING YI MUSIC COMPANY
(Singapore)

3.30 – 4.15 pm

STEPHAN MICUS
(Germany)

7.30 – 8.30 pm

DAKHA BRAKHA
(Ukraine)

8.30 – 9.00  pm

YAYASAN WARISAN JOHOR ZAPIN GROUP
(Malaysia)

9.00 – 10.00 pm

JAMIE SMITH’S MABON
(Wales)

10.00 – 11. 00 pm

CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO
(Italy)

11.00 – 11.30 pm

NADING RHAPSODY (Sarawak)

11. 30 pm – 00.30 am

DEBADEMBA
(Burkina Faso/Ivory Coast/ France)

SUNDAY 22nd June

TIME

THEATRE STAGE

JUNGLE STAGE

TREE STAGE

2.00 – 2.45 pm

LAN E TUYANG
(Sarawak)

3.30 – 4.15 pm

RYUZ
(Japan)

7.30 – 8.15 pm

GENG WAK LONG
(Malaysia)

8.15 – 9.15 pm

LO COR DE LA PLANA
(France)

9.15 – 9.45 pm

BEDOK ENSEMBLE
(Sarawak)

9.45 – 10.45 pm

GORDIE MACKEEMAN & HIS RHYTHM BOYS
(Canada)

10.45 – 11.45 pm

JAGWA MUSIC
(Tanzania)

11.45 – 00.15 pm

FINALE
(The World)

Rainforest World Music Festival will be held at Sarawak Cultural Village on 20th to 22nd June 2014. Reserve a seat and we will see you there!

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Experience the sights and sounds of the Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching

Do you want to experience wonderful live performances by world singers and bands in Malaysia’s largest musical event? Then, look no further, for the annual Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, held every year in Sarawak Cultural Village, is here again to dazzle you with its spectacular sights and sounds starting from the 28th until 30th of June 2013. Kuching is indeed the place to be in at this time of year!

Rainforest World Music Festival

MASWings has regular daily flights from Sarawak’s major cities, Kota Kinabalu and Bandar Seri Begawan. Thus, it is a convenient thing for you to attend the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Music Festival. If you are flying from further afield such as Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, there are many direct flights you can take to Kuching from these destinations.

Rainforest World Music Festival

The Sarawak Cultural Village, the venue of this event, at the foothills of the majestic Mount Santubong is surrounded by beautiful lush green rainforest. During these three days event, there will be numerous workshops held during the daytime and music performances at night. During the last Rainforest World Music Festival, the weekend audience totaled to around 30,000 people. It is no surprise that this festival is now acclaimed as the largest of its kind in Malaysia.

Rainforest World Music Festival
This year’s musical line up will consist of several local and international talents. Lan E Tuyang, a traditional Kenyah band called Lan E Tuyang performing the exotic native Kenyah tunes. Coming from further afield, the Ukrainian Spiritual Seasons band will entertain you with medieval, Irish and Scandinavian folk tunes. The local Sarawakian Gema SLDN-SCV group will undoubtedly enchant the audience with their various different local percussion instruments such as drums, gongs and bamboo. A solo native performer, Maya Green, is no less impressive with his solo native Borneo music, a blend of traditional tunes and sounds, played on the iconic sape. Hailing from Australia, the Nunukul Yuggara dance troupe will entertain you with their traditional Aboriginal song and music. These unique performers are just but a few that will grace this year’s wonderful Rainforest World Music Festival.

Rainforest World Music Festival

During the day, the performers will conduct several workshop sessions relating to their music and songs in the various traditional houses within the Sarawak Cultural Village. If you are interested to know more about how to play musical instruments or sing a tune, this interesting workshop is something you should not miss! There will be workshops on songs from various countries, the origin of the traditional gong, traditional Aboriginal body rites, the music and traditions of the Bidayuh people, different types of drum percussions and many more. It would indeed be an experience of a lifetime, learning about the delightful sounds and music from around the world.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Will all these fun-packed activities during the day and breath taking musical performances at night, The Borneo Rainforest Music Festival 2013 is guaranteed to blow you away! Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s head down to Kuching this late June and enjoy the sights, sounds and music from around the world. You’ll not regret it.

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Borneo Rainforest Music Festival

July 29, 2012 by  
Filed under General

The Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, held in Cultural Village Sarawak from 13th until 15th July 2012, opened with an explosive bang on Friday night with 17 international acts performing ethnic and fusion music.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2012

Rainforest World Music Festival 2012

Apart from the music, The Rainforest Craft Bazaar, simultaneously held with the Rainforest Music Festival, offers a wide-range of handicraft, paintings, jewellery, potteries and musical instruments for visitors to look at. There is also a workshop where festival goers can learn on how to make handicrafts and play musical instruments.

The RUSH Beach Fiesta, held at the same time in support of the Rainforest Music Festival held unique and exciting activities that promoted Sarawak talents brands lifestyle, arts, trends, music and businesses.

In the afternoons, the musicians performing at the festival conducted workshops to teach festival goers about the background of their instruments, music and dance culture. This gave a clear insight on the meaning of the music and songs played during the performance. At these workshops festival goers learnt about various musical instruments ranging from the exotic zithers to wind instruments. Festival goers also got to know about traditional native dance.

Thousands of fans converged on the stage for opening night. The show kicked off with a performance of the traditional Iban warrior dance and the traditional sape music which mesmerised the crowd. This was followed by the local Kuching group, Nading Rhapsody who performed native folk songs with a fusion of contemporary styles.

The Palestinian band, Trio Joubran, later took centre stage for an hour playing an ancient 4000 years old instrument called the Oud. Their enchanting music conveyed a message of world peace and the unifying power of music.

The US-based String Sisters, the Celtic-inspired fiddle group, took over with a mix of contemporary folk Irish, Norwegian, Scottish and Swedish sings played on their violins accompanied by a skilled band.

This was followed by another local band, Rhythm Borneo, entertaining the revellers with its fusion of traditional, rock and jazz music. Then, a French band called La Zikabilo went on stage and played their unique brand of gypsy brass fusion music.

The Czech group Cansikou awed the crowd with their mixture of rock tunes, exotic instruments with an ethnic Czech spin. Their unforgettable vocalist was really something to be remembered.

The US-based local artist, Zee Avi, rounded up the opening night performance with her bands and guest percussionists. The singer sang several tunes in English and Sarawakian Malay. The singer performed songs from her two albums and also did a traditional Malay joget tune. She also played instruments such the sapelele; which is a combination of ukulele and sape, acoustic guitar and also did a number on the drum.

This annual 3-days festival that ended on the 15th of July is recognised as the largest musical event in Malaysia which attracts international participation. Judging from the diverse performers present during the night-time show it is unsurprising that the festival received this recognition. There are plans to make next year’s festival an even bigger one. So, festival goers can expect more when the Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival makes its return next year.

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Rainforest World Craft Bazaar continues to shine

July 12, 2011 by  
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SANTUBONG: The Rainforest World Craft Bazaar (RWCB) was a big hit among locals, especially female entrepreneurs, judging by both the crowd and gamut of goods sold during the 3-day extravaganza.

Among those participating at the RWCB, which was held in conjunction with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2011, were four entrepreneurs sponsored by the Women’s Bureau of the Chief Minister’s Department.

The group’s representative Amal Hussain said this was the first time they participated in RWCB and they were thrilled to bits with the response from festival-goers.

“There are always customers at our booths and tourists just love our local handicrafts,” he said.

Amal said that he and his female friends did not want to miss the good business opportunity provided by the Women’s Bureau to promote their goods.

Among items sold at the bazaar were ceramics, traditional costume jewellery from various local ethnic groups and cakes.

“Most of the things we sold were purchased by foreign tourists because they said they wanted something that reflects the beautiful Sarawak culture.”

Local entrepreneurs sponsored by Women’s Bureau yesterday were Kecobong Qurnia Resources (accessories), Noorhajiah Osman (keringkam), Sarawak Indian Women Association (henna art) and Borneo Ceramic (ceramic-based products).

Besides local entreprenuers, RWCB was also participated by entrepreneurs from Africa, Sabah and Indonesia.

At its final day yesterday, exhibition and product booths were packed with visitors. Everyone seemed to be rushing for pottery, airbrush tattoo, food and drinks and even the dance workshops.

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/07/11/rainforest-world-craft-bazaar-continues-to-shine/

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