RWMF2013 : Blessed From The Past [ Finale ]

Monday, July 01, 2013

Welcome to Rainforest World Music Festival 2013.

Thank you to Sarawak Tourism Board for inviting us from Sarawak Bloggers to be part of the media for this prestige event. The Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual event for three consecutive days on weekends, celebrating the diversity of world music, held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. This festival includes two sessions per day - music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls sessions in the day time and stage showcases in the evening.
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. Rainforest World Music Festival has been four years in a row in the top 25 of the Best International Festivals by Songlines Magazine and others.

Please take note photos without NTGravity Zone's watermark are credited to Sarawak Tourism Board unless stated otherwise. To read my previous entries about Rainforest World Music Festival 2013 (Read : RWMF2013)

Songs My Mom Taught Me [ HERE ]
Revive The Dying Music [ HERE ]

Workshops You Admire [ HERE ]
Where You At? [ HERE ]

Dances From The Past [ HERE ]

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It is the final night. \(-___________-;)/ ~Y So Soon??

After refresh myself and have a good power nap (Thanks to Lindy and Garner, for letting me crash their room at One Hotel Santubong), the three of us back to Bayridge Cafe at Damai Central - meet up with another blogger friend, K-rule on the same mission.... dinner.

This is K-rule... Visit his blog [ RefLecTioN ]
After stroll around Sarawak Cultural Village, we are back at  Dewan Lagenda. 

Meanwhile the first performance by Juk Wan Emang at the Tree Stage. His tune is called Dak ka'E or Lonesome. This is his second appearance - Juk Wan Emang also performed on Friday Night (28th June), first night shows for RWMF 2013.

Credit to Seth Borneographer
Juk Wan Emang has been playing nose flute for all his life and he is devastated because it is an almost extinct art. He also produces handicrafts flute for the show and also sold as a souvenir.
This instrument usually used by the  women in Kayan tribe initially is to courtship among themselves, but now this art is more of a welcome event, mourning and reminisce.

Juk Wan Emang is 71 years old and never perform outside Sarawak. 

Right after that, Native chanting and blessing to mother nature, so that this last day festival will went well. I have had returned to the Dewan Lagenda because I want to rest a little due to my foot sprained. Too excited maybe or my way of sleeping after camping in my car. So, i missed seeing Sarawakians performers such as Gema SLDN-SCV and Lan E' Tuyang (second appearance) and also Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band from Iran. 

Native Chanting and blessing
Gema SLDN-SCV from Sarawak 

Matthew Ngau from Lan E' Tuyang

Troupe from Iran : Mohsen sharifian & The Lian Band
Around 9pm, I'm make a move back to Tree Stage for Spiritual Seasons performance.

Founded in 1994, Spiritual Seasons from Kharkov, Ukraine until 2004 existed purely as a studio project. Initially, the collective style can be defined as British folk ballad. However, during 2001 a repertoire of Irish folk began to appear and these two distinct styles form the group’s artistic foundation.

Having recorded and released 7 albums, in 2004 the band began its live career. To date they have played cities such as Kharkov, Kiev, Moscow, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Penza, Saratov, Novorossiysk, Belgorod, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Khmelnitsky, Odessa, and more.

Party Animals well partied animals...
Next on Jungle stage, special performance from Korea Performing Arts : Palsandae. They start off from outside of the stage. They presents a spectacular array of Korean performing arts with improvisational elements. Palsandae preserves south-eastern region's (Honam Udo)style of pangut that reflects the playful and dramatic characteristic of the people.

Pangut is a staged adaptation of pungmul nori, the ancient celebratory events performed by rice farmers and professional musicians. Pangut has rarely been performed outside Korea, and in the West, it is probably better known in the form of samul - pangut or samulnori. 'Samul' in Korean means 'four things' and therefore it is a simplified derivative of pangut performed by fewer members. Samul - pangut was first introduced to the West in the early 1980ss by a group called Samul-Nori.

Palsandae also performed at Borneo World Music Expo 2013 at Pullman , Kuching . Read about it here [ Borneo World Music Expo 2013 : Great Finale ]

Back to Tree Stage,Nunukul Yuggera stole the spotlight with their performances which are traditional songs and dances of the Australian Aborigines.

This is the second appearance for Nunukul Yuggera for Rainforest World Music Festival 2013. Their first evening show was on the 28th June [ Fiday ]. Really superb! [ Check it out : Revive The Dying Music ]

Their unique lifestyle, religions and tribal legends serve as both inspiration and reincarnation in their dances and music. Nunukul Yaggera upholds the belief that “your culture is your identity—be strong, be proud.” This idea is well demonstrated by the members of the younger generation who join the troupe. 

The group has toured all over the world, including Europe, America, New Zealand, Dubai and Asia, and has performed for the Queen, the Prince and Princess of Belgium and Richard Branson. Nunukul Yuggera won the Queensland Tourism Award for three consecutive years for their Aboriginal cultural experience, ‘Riverlife Mirrabooka’, showcased at the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point, alongside the Brisbane River.

The last performance for tonight for this year... (⌣̩̩́_⌣̩̩̀) ..... is from Habadekuk - The Danish folk-jazz band, wrapped up with a rousing set of powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms, including Latin and Caribbean beats. The keyboardist and drummer provided solid support and direction to the 9-member ensemble.

Follow Habadekuk [ Website ]

The closing act - Native chanting and ask for blessing from mother nature so that all who attend the festival will stay healthy and will return to the festival again in the future.

The Finale....

The grand finale featuring almost all of the bands to coming up on stage to give the final bow, and in the end the whole bands start to jam together. Of course, the sound a bit *cough*WAY OFF *cough* - well, not really mind at all because it is impromptu event. No matter, the everybody are all up and bid farewell to the troupes.

i was here....
i was here too....
Even the the concert is over but still some crowds have a last dance....
Last call from the bar to meet the performers....

I am so in a mix of happiness and sadness that it was all over. That's it from me. I'm heading back to Damai Beach Resort for a lonely supper as my fellow bloggers are all gone back hotel / home.

....but I think I've won a consolation prize when I return to Damai Beach Resort for supper and while enjoying the food at the poolside, we were entertained by the Colombian band Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica. Some members from Habedekuk also joined in and make it more happening until dawn!! This actually give me more time to mingle with them the performers who are still there. Some are returning to the airport early in the morning.

Ahh... that's from me.... Signing off from the rainforest... Hope to come back next year... In Shaa Allah...!!

NTGravity : Best experience so far.....

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Meanwhile please visit other bloggers that also covering for certain event in RWMF2013. Click at their links.

✌(◕‿-)✌ Sentia B –
✌(◕‿-)✌ Ophelia John –

✌(◕‿-)✌ Anajonessy –
✌(◕‿-)✌ Khairol Adzeman –

✌(◕‿-)✌ Lindy Sim –
✌(◕‿-)✌ Garner Wyne Madcat -

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