Iskwew Aboriginal Women Singers create and perform songs in the plains tradition of North America. Their voices weave a sonic dance in celebration of songs that tell stories of the connection to the earth, the creator and one another.
The heartbeat of Mother Earth is heard through their drums, underscoring a message of community and culture from a people who have survived the impacts of colonization. Coming from the Saulteaux, Cree, and Beaver Nations of Northern Canada, each artist descends from a long hereditary line of singers. Each with active careers in other forms of music, through Iskwew these powerful singers bring the songs and sounds of their rich and vibrant culture to the ears of the world. Iskwew has performed festivals, concerts and First People’s conferences throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
And where better to listen to their music than in a living museum dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous cultures on the island of Borneo? Under the imposing shadow of Mount Santubong, and in the midst of a virgin rainforest at the edge of the South China Sea, the Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. The kinship and spirit among music makers and music lovers alike as they celebrate one another in the cradle of Mother Nature is unique to the green haven where thousand-year old trees reign.
Iskwew, who is supported by the Canada Council of the Arts will be on stage at the Be at the 14th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival. Iskwew will also involved on a Musical Workshop called “Drum Dance” at Dewan Lagenda at the festival site on the 8th July and 9th July at the Theatre.
Rainforest World Music Festival has been voted for the second consecutive year as one of the Top 25 Best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines, elevating its status in the international music scene as a festival which has well and truly put Sarawak on the world tourism map and extending its appeal to shores further from neighbouring countries. This is where people regardless of their ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, music interests, come together and have a blasting day. This jam-packed event takes up three days of musical fun features activities like informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures and jamming sessions.
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Author: World Music Central News Department
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