RWMF2013 : Revive The Dying Music

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Welcome to Rainforest World Music Festival 2013. Welcome to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia to the first time traveling here. Welcome to my NT (read : Anti) Gravity Zone and i'm Aliey Eyezie, the owner of this blog. Please pardon my english m(._.)m - just pretend you understand... hahah

Anyways, as you might already know - i'm at the Rainforest World Music Festival (also known as RWMF) in Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Together with me, six other bloggers (under Sarawak Bloggers) - they are..

( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Anajonessy –

( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Khairol Adzeman –

( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Lindy Sim –
( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Garner Wyne Madcat -

( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Sentia B –
( ̄┏∞┓ ̄) Ophelia John –

Courtesy from Ophe's Photoblog
To read my previous post about RWMF2013, please do click on the link below :
RWMF2013 : Songs My Mom Taught Me [ HERE ]

My humble gratitude to Sarawak Tourism Board for inviting us from Sarawak Bloggers and personally i am very thankful for the opportunities as this is my first time attending this prestige event. Thank you too, to Sarawak Bloggers because they have given me confidence to write about this festival. Please take note all photos without NTGravity Zone watermark will be credited to Sarawak Tourism Board unless stated otherwise.

Yup. Evening Shows, the shows that everybody looking forward. They have setting two stages - Jungle Stage (bigger size) and Tree Stage which located side by side only. Visitors are allow to seat anywhere and anyhow but only at permitted area. As i am the part of the media, i am allowed to get in closer to the stage to get better view.  (。⌒∇⌒)。

Jungle Stage and Tree Stage
Photographers from various media
Four Giant Screens also also provided around Sarawak Cultural Village so visitors wont miss anything while having dinner or strolling around at village marts or food marts.
The evening start off with Native chanting also known as festival blessing in Sarawakian style because this oral blessings came from different indigenous tribes of Sarawak such as the Bidayuh, Kayan, Iban, orang Ulu and Malay. Also a welcoming act from Juk Wan Emang, he is 71 years old and he's performing the rare and dying art of nose flute of Sarawak. This flute used for courtship among the Kayan people.

Juk Wan Emang
Next performance at Jungle stage also from Sarawak - they called themselves - Lan E' Tuyang, Lead by Matthew Ngau a very well known musicians, artist and instrument maker. They exhibit Orang Ulu music on the beautiful boat lute of Sarawak, the sape and accompanied by percussion and a dancer.

At the Jungle stage after Lan E' Tuyang, Rhythm in Bronze also from Malaysia performing beautifully with gongs and gamelans. They are a mix of traditional intruments with contemporary compositions. on 2004, Rhythm in Bronze had won "Best Music Concert" award in the World Music category at BOH Cameronians Arts Awards and followed by few others awards in 2005.

France performers are ready to take over the tree stage soon after Rhythm in Bronze done with their performance. Chet Nuneta sing transcontinental traditional songs accompanied by mostly percussion with they dazzling sound and theatrical display of vocal plyphonies and polyrhythms.

From Columbia, Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica make us dance with their fiesta dance music of Columbia. Beto Jamaica was the winner of the Valleneto Competition in 2006 - 2007. 

By this session, mostly people around Jungle stage already start dance happily. I already imagining pina colada... hahaha 
☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Right after that, the fun continue on by Alp Bora from Austria / Turkey. A mix of eastern and western colours same goes to their music from turkey and the Balkans, Alp Bora is brought in courtesy of Turkish Airlines and the Austrian Embassy at Kuala Lumpur.

Another native chanting or blessing occurred after Alp Bora, outside the both stage. He looks like appeared from nowhere.. (to me laa... because i was waiting at the jungle stage - hahaha)

From Australia, Nunukul Yuggera perform their traditional aborigine songs at the Tree Stage. They song is usually short length and also come with dance for certain meaning.

This instrument is called Didgeridoo.
Fire Event.. They are the expert in making fire
The last performance is from Kila (Ireland) - they songs based on gorgeous traditional Irish melodies. Percussive like singing and driving rhythms. They have supplied and composed music for a number of films, tv, theatre and shortlisted for several awards.

NTGravity : Wow... i'm really loving this event... so far.

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