Rainforest World Music Festival 2012 is back again for the 15th year from the 13-15 July and held at the Sarawak Cultural Village near Kuching. This years line up promises something different as local Malaysian star Zee Awi makes her debut here for the first time.This is one of the biggest and longest running unique concert in the history of Malaysia and held in the heavily cultured state of Sarawak. A show not to be missed, many international performers make their way here to showcase some of the best cultural music in the world.
Every year in mid July, thousands of music lovers travel across the globe to the Land of the Hornbill otherwise known as Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Converging at Santubong, a 45 minute drive from Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, it is like an annual pilgrimage for these music lovers who come to attend the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), which has been voted by Songlines, a renowned world music magazine for 3 consecutive years as the top 25 international festivals. This annual event, now in its 15th year, is organized by the Sarawak Tourism Board and is a three day celebration of daytime music workshops and action-packed nightly shows.
RWMF 2011 Workshop - Photo Credit to: Parochial Sarawakian
This festival is a not-to-be-missed occasion in the heart of the Borneo Jungle. This is where people regardless of their ethnicity, cultural backgrounds and music interests come together for three magical days for a fun filled, wholesome festival experience with a country fair atmosphere amidst lush greenery. Below are the list of performers for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2012.
RWMF Performers 2012
Malaysian singer-songwriter, guitarist and ukulele player who was born in Miri, Sarawak but lives in the United States now. She was first discovered from a song she had posted up on YouTube for a friend. Zee Avi has since then released several albums and is making a special appearance at the festival.
The music and instruments of Sarawak are as diverse and lush and poly-layered as its rainforests. Gongs, from the large hanging ones that represent the standing of the owner to the small melodically tuned ones; huge log drums to the hand-held frame ones; all kinds of innovative bamboo instruments; and of course the majestic sape,
Hata – The One - Malaysia, Korea, Turkey, Taiwan
They encapsulate the many facets of Asia – capturing, molding, fusing, and coming up with a unique sound yet completely enchantingly Eastern. Usually a 24 member group, they are coming as a 9 piece with musicians from Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.
Samuel J. Dass, or Sam as he is fondly known in the music circle, was born on the 16th of March, and started his love affair with the Sitar at the tender age of 7. His first guru was his father, Mr. Jabamalai Dass, who drilled in him the basics of sitar playing.
Featuring some of the traditional music world’s top female fiddlers, the members of the String Sisters gather together for a concert Annbjørg Lien from Norway joins Catriona Macdonald from Shetland, Liz Carroll and Liz Knowles from America, Mairead ni Mhaonaigh (Altan) from Ireland and Emma Härdelin from Sweden.
Cankisou - Czech Republic
No. 17th in the World music chart Europe in November 2011, performance at Sziget 2010 (world music stage). One of the top world music bands in the Czech republic which has already made audience in 14 countries dance with its original ethnic fusion full of wild rhythms and spiced with rock roots.
Danyel Waro - Reunion Island
Sega, a traditional Indian Ocean dance rhythm, is internationally known, but few people outside the island of Reunion have heard of maloya. Maloya is a compound rhythm on which plantation workers have long been singing their joys and woes. It’s a sort of réunionese blues.
Rainforest World Music Festival 2012 - Photo Credit to: Parochial Sarawakian
There will be a line-up of 12 international bands and 6 Malaysian bands playing a diverse range of world genres and the festival is featuring 7 different acts per night over 3 nights of pure music.
Spread throughout the village, there will be afternoon informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit, with the audience, who come from near and far.
Food & Village Mart
A Food & Village Mart offers visitors local crafts, souvenir items. On the F&B part, choose from international to local food and drinks. A total of 30 stalls will be selling all of these throughout the village.
The RWMF store is filled with Rainforest World Music Festival merchandize. A great place to get yourself a souvenir t-shirt or your favorite artist CD. You can also get some of the performing artist to sign your CDs during the signing times. Check with the store.
Ticket Prices for the RWMF 2012
Get your Rainforest World Music Festival Tickets.
Visit the official website for the Rainforest World Music Festival.
Sarawak Tourism Board
5th – 7th Floor, Yayasan Sarawak Building
Jalan Masjid, 93400 Kuching
Telephone : +6 082 423600
Fax : +6 082 416700
For those who are interested, come experience a truly memorable musical extravaganza amidst the lush green paradise that is the mythical land of Sarawak. We bid you, 'Selamat Datai'! (Welcome!) to all those attending the RWMF 2012 and if you have never been to this amazing festival and want to also explore Sarawak, here is your chance to plan ahead for the upcoming Rainforest World Music Festival 2012.