Artist Profiles: Kani’d


Kani’d (meaning cousins) is inspired by the ancestral songs of the Kelabits from central Borneo, and draws upon the wealth of the musical traditions of the Orang Ulu tribes along the Baram. The original compositions learnt from their grandparents, uncles and aunties evolve into dynamic improvisation, and arrangements of traditional styles bridge the ancient and the contemporary.

Among the first musical group from Sarawak to sing and play traditional music in a whole new way, the members of Kani’d are trained in Western classical traditions. Their unique blend of instruments which include the traditional sape lute, musical sensibilities, and ethnic traditions results in an original voice, created from and reflecting the rich multicultural heritage of the musicians themselves.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.


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