Looking for A Start : Rainforest World Music Festival

Darn it! I was searching for some of my old photo collection which I transferred from my old laptop a couple months ago. Neither could I find them in my USB pendrives nor in my DVD sleeves. Where did i put them? Tired of looking everywhere, I called it a day and will continue the search tomorrow. I was thinking to do some checking and editing of those photos for the site upload but seems like today’s search is without luck.

Trying to get some inspiration on my next project while browsing for any new upcoming event happenings around town, I took my time to check-in to the Sarawak Bloggers site. I know its really been a while since I last update any news to this site. As i mentioned earlier, I had some issues with my laptop…sigh~. Anyway, now I’m back and fired up for a new journey. While I was reading through the highlights, my eyes stumbled upon a very interesting subject, “Free passes for Sarawak Bloggers @ RWMF 2012“. In an instant I reached my phone and browse for contact numbers of those I still keep in touch with within Sarawak Bloggers.

Here’s something brief on the Rainforest World Music Festival.

The Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival celebrating the diversity of World Musicheld in Kuching, Sarawak, with daytime music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls, and main-stage evening concerts. It is now one of the largest musical events in Malaysia.

The festival features a wide range of performances from traditional music, to world fusion and contemporary world music. The festival emphasizes the use of traditional acoustic world instruments, although electric accompaniment instruments are common. Invited performers come from Sarawak, other provinces of Malaysia, and countries near and far. Festival acts have included: Joey Ayala (Philippines – 1998), Shooglenifty (Scotland – 1999), Inka Marka (South America – 2000), Rajery (Madagascar – 2001), Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe – 2002), Huun Huur Tu (Tuva), Cynthia Alexander (Philippines) – 2003), Te Vaka (New Zealand – 2004), Namgar (Mongolia – 2005), Peatbog Faeries (Scotland – 2006), Tarika Be (Madagascar – 2007), and Ross Daly (Greece – 2008), Shannon (Poland – 2005, 2007).

Now, let us look briefly on the history of this festival,

The festival was founded by Randy Raine-Reusch, a Canadian world music instrumentalist, Robert Basiuk (then marketing head of the Sarawak Tourism Board), Edric Ong, President of the Society Atelier of Sarawak, which supports traditional arts, and Edgar Ong [1] a film producer, at the Ong brothers’ residence in Kuching in 1997.

The Society Atelier undertook the initial planning, financing and laid the future groundwork. When approached to assist, the Sarawak Tourism Board later took over and greatly enlarged the idea.

In the early years, Randy, Edgar Ong and Yeoh Jun Lin were instrumental in selecting the international musicians who took part; and they nurtured the future direction of the festival. During its fourth year, there was a bid from WOMAD to take over the festival and rename it WOMAD Borneo.

The Sarawak Tourism Board has since taken the festival to a larger audience, hence also to a more commercial level. During it first and second year, only about 400 people attended the festival.

And for this year’s 15th edition of RWMF, the performers are:

  • Zee Avi (Malaysia)
  • The Music Of Sarawak (Malaysia)
  • Hata (Malaysia, Korea, Turkey & Taiwan)
  • Rythm of Borneo (Malaysia)
  • Mamadou Diabate (Mali / Burkina Faso)
  • Le Trio Joubran (Palestine)
  • Samuel Dass & Prakash (Malaysia)
  • Khusugtun (Mongolia)
  • Diplomats Of Drum (Malaysia)
  • Raiz De Cafezal (Brazilian Amazonian Indians)
  • La Zikabilo (France)
  • Oreka Tx (Spain)
  • String Sisters (Celtic music from Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, USA)
  • Kanda Bongo Man (Congo – UK Based)
  • Cankisou (Czech Republic) and
  • Danyel Waro (Reunion Island)

I hope this year’s edition will be much more mesmerizing and enchanting as ever. For those out there who wish to know more about this year’s RWMF, you may visit the official site: http://www.rwmf.net

Cheers~ and hopefully will see you guys there.


2 thoughts on “Looking for A Start : Rainforest World Music Festival

  1. Pingback: RWMF 2012 Bloggers coverage | Sarawak Bloggers News Tribune

  2. Hi there, just became alerted to your blog through Google, and found that it’s very informative. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!


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