Artist Profiles: At Adau

At Adau

Malaysian ensemble At Adau was formed in June 2014. They perform ancient melodies and rhythms from the different tribes in Borneo fused with contemporary elements.

The group mixes sape lute tunes from the Orang Ulu  and  traditional percussion from the Bidayuh and Iban with their own arrangements to deliver a modern folk  medley of songs that have made them a big cult figure in the local Sarawak scene in the last few years.

At Adau were winners of the Waterfront Music Festival 2016, Best Special Talent 2015, Best short movie in 2015 for “Pimonu” and 2017 for “Ajen Oku”.

Band members include Meldrick Bob Udos on jembe, Iban drum, percussionist and drum set; Ezra Tekola on 4 and 6-string sape; Luke Wrender David on 4 and 3-string sape; Jackson Lian Ngau on perutong, Bidayuh drum and bass drum; Cedric Riseng on guitar; and Alfanso Mckenzie on bass.

Discography:

Journey (2016)
Oba (2019)

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.
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