The program of the 2013 edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) was announced today at a press conference. The renowned festival is set to take on June 28-30 at Sarawak Cultural Village in Malaysian Borneo. YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg – Minister of Housing & Minister of Tourism, Sarawak announced the details at a press conference held at Plaza Merdeka in Kuching, the state’s capital.
The line-up this year includes 13 international artists and 8 Malaysian bands playing a wide range of world music genres. The festival will continue its popular formula of having the afternoon dedicated to informative musical workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts held in the ethnic houses within the Sarawak Cultural Village. This part of the program takes place before the main evening performances on two outdoor stages with the jungle ambience.
The festival will present more of Sarawak’s local talent compared to the previous years. This is consistent with the feedback received from the festival-goers from the previous festivals. Organizers believe that the opportunity of sharing the same stage with international acts will enable Sarawak’s local musicians to be exposed to the international music scene. This year the Rainforest World Music Festival will present the rare and dying art of the nose flute along with Sarawak and Malaysian folk music intertwined with Chinese traditional instruments.
The organizers have confirmed performers from Indonesia (Rafly Wa Saja), Iran (Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band), Australia (Nunukul Yuggera), Denmark (Habadekuk), South Africa (Dizu Plaatzies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble), Ukraine (Spiritual Seasons), USA (Pine Leaf Boys), France (Chet Nuneta), Colombia (Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica), Croatia (Kries), Ireland (Kila), Austria (Alp Bora) and Korea (Palsandae).
Sarawak and Malaysian bands include Madeeh (Bidayuh traditional roots), Juk Wan Emang (nose flute of Kayan), Native Chanting (oral blessings from the various indigenous tribes of Borneo), Maya Green (sape), Rhythm in Bronze (gong and gamelan), Lan E Tuyang (sape and orang ulu dance), Sarawak Drums (percussion instruments of Sarawak) and Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble (Chinese traditional mixed with Sarawak flavor).
The Minister also proudly announced the ‘BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2012-2013’ awarded to the festival in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently. The BrandLaureate Awards is the top award for branding and the No.1 branding awards in the Asia Pacific.
Through Sarawak Tourism Board’s promotional and marketing effort overseas, RWMF packages are promoted from as far as London and the regions nearby like Brunei and also Peninsula Malaysia. These travel packages enable visitors to visit Sarawak not only for the festival but also to explore and experience the adventure in Sarawak.
Daily tickets priced at RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at www.ticketcharge.com.my. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.
For more details, go to www.rwmf.net
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.