Prelude: Rainforest World Music Festival 2013

The Festival is BACK!

Planning for any retreat during the harvest fiesta season this year? Why don’t you pack up your shorts and round neck shirts and book your way to this year’s Rainforest World Harvest Music Festival (RWMF) at Sarawak Cultural Village from the 28th – 30th June 2013. Yes, you are about 1 month away from the grandest jungle village festival of the year.

Check out the promotion posters:

Rhythm of Borneo #1

Rhythm of Borneo #1

Rhythm of Borneo #2

Rhythm of Borneo #2

This year on behalf of Sarawak Bloggers society, I’m honored to take up the challenge once again to do the 3 days mind blowing and spell binding coverage of the event. Last year was fun and hopefully this year brings more FUN and EXCITEMENT.

For those who missed last year’s RWMF, you can follow my articles from the following links:

Lets see who are the performers for this year. Words are, this year they are bringing in 17 performers from all over the world to fire up the nights. Check this out…

Nunukul Yuggera from Australia

They are the traditional Aboriginie song and dance troupe. Their performances portray their unique lifestyle, religions and tribal legends in their performances.

Lan E Tuyang from Malaysia (Sarawak)

From the interiors of Borneo, along the Baram river, the music of the Kenyahs is very much part of the community and everyday life. This year they come to the festival with 2 sapes, a percussionist and a warrior dancer.

Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica from Colombia

Vallenat King from Colombia Beto Jamaica is one of the most important Vallenato and Cumbia musician, and he was the winner of the Vallenato Festival in 2006 in Colombia, that’s why he has the name title of VALLENATO KING OF COLOMBIA.

The music of this artist it’s a mixed of several kinds of music of Colombia like cumbia, paseo, porro, and vallenato. This rhythms are very dynamics and they have a very deep cultural meaning that represent the way of live, think, act and feeling from the Colombian people.

Palsandae from Korea

‘Sandae’ referred to the stage held at the palace for the most important figures at the time: the King and foreign ambassadors. Upon their arrival to the palace the kingdom’s most talented performers put out a spectacular sandae. Today, Palsandae with ‘Pal’, meaning ‘eight’ or ‘whole’ in Korean added to the name, reproduces the historical sandae stage and displays the essence of traditional Korean music and dance.

Alp Bora from Istanbul (Constantinople)

Alp Bora was born in Istanbul, grew up in Ankara and Bagdat, living in Vienna. In the Central European world music scene, his name is often seen at many exceptional projects as it can only evolve in the multicultural climate of the northernmost Balkan metropolis, Vienna. Alp Bora´s quartet/quintet manages to combine lyrical elegance and unforgiving drive and with this mixture, hits the nerve of time.

Rhythm in Bronze from Malaysia

A mix of traditional instruments with contemporary compositions. Has won the “Best Music Concert” award in the World Music category at the 2004 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.

Kries from Croatia

Kries = (Bonfire in archaic form of Croatian language). This band plays tradition based music from Croatia and all around the World. Mojmir Novaković and KRIES base their creation on traditional lyrics, Slavic mythology, and Mediterranean traditional instruments with electronics being integral part of it. In 2005 they were awarded by Croatian Music Award Porin for Konjanik oms in the category The best original music for theatre, movie and TV.

Rafly Wa Saja from Indonesia

The band Rafly Wa Saja was formed in early July 2010. It features Rafly on vocals, who also composed a lot of the songs and the lyrics in his native Aceh language. These songs carry within them, infinite spiritual nuances from the Islam faith.


Feted by Bono and Sinéad O’Connor, Kíla is now celebrating their 25th Anniversary. During this time the band has achieved a remarkable level of excellence in their innovative and creative recorded output and their energetic live shows. Focused on the future yet rooted in the tradition Kíla have remained loyal to the ideal of composing in the traditional vein yet remaining open to influences and ideas from all around the world.

Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble from South Africa

Dizu is the founder and former leader of South Africa’s internationally celebrated marimba group, Amampondo. He led Amampondo in many performances from busking as a band of drummers on the streets of Cape Town to concert stages from Canada to China and dozens of lands in between. Dizu has liberally mixed various traditional African instruments and songs with his own original lyrics and melodies. In this way he has created a unique neo-traditional blend of sounds.

Habadekuk from Denmark

Powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms characterize Habadekuk – one of Denmark’s leading folk bands, guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. With a vibrant mix of folk, salsa and big band jazz, the lively nine-man band catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes and rough n’ ready sailor songs in an unforgettable live experience.

Spiritual Seasons from Ukraine

Spiritual Seasons, an Medieval, Irish and Scandinavian folk band from Kharkov, Ukraine. The Spiritual Seasons band was created in 1994 but only in 2004 began to perform with concerts. Most of the songs were Irish traditional songs. Performance of the group are accompanied by traditional dances and mini-master classes of the dancing.

Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble from the South East Asia

It was found that, South East Asian Music has a very different music culture;  Malaysian and Indonesian , Thai , Burmese and etc. In Malaysia, the 13 states that make up the country, similarly have their own musical performance and their own unique instruments to present the different styles of music. In Sarawak, the most common instrument representing the state’s cultural musical instrument is “SAPEH”. Thus it began the idea of fusing Chinese tradition instrument with Sarawak’s. Subsequently, this led to the formation of the Shangyin Chamber Orchestra.

Madeeh from Malaysia (Sarawak)

Madeeh, is a name which means cousins, relatives, brotherhood or sisterhood. The band’s name came about as all of the band members are related and from the same longhouse, Annah Rais.  It’s made up of 6 males and 1 female. Though they have been playing together for a long time, the band was only formed in May, 2009.  Pratuokng, as a lead instrument, is played by 4 people, 2 players on the Gaduok (percussion), and 1 playing the Sritakng (xylophone).

Pine Leaf Boys from the Unites States of America

World-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.

Chet Nuneta

Four voices in polyphony supported by percussion. CHET NUNETA is exploring voice through traditional singing and musical creation. An unrecognized language, a soon to be extinct dialect, the history of a people, a popular poem are starting points for immersion in a borderless continent. It carries rhythmical subtleties and eclecticism in inspirations (komi, pygmee, safarade, chinese, arabic), lyric melancholy or joy of improvisation.

Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band from Iran

A force of nature squeezing traditional melodies out of his bagpipes with impassioned energy; dancing while playing and urging on the musicians to greater intensity. Hailing from the southern Iranian province of Bushehr, he has spent the last two decades immersing himself in the musical traditions of the region. He is a virtuoso performer on the two ancient, emblematic instruments of the Persian Gulf, the Nay-Anban (bagpipe) and the Nay-Jofti (double-pipe reed flute).

For more information about the event including ticket prices, deals and packages, showtimes and workshop schedules please visit the official site below:

RWMF Official site

Or you may contact them directly at the following contact information:

Sarawak Tourism Board
5th – 7th Floor, Yayasan Sarawak Building
Jalan Masjid, 93400 Kuching
Sarawak, Malaysia

Phone : +6082-423600
Fax : +6082-416700



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