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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)

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Artist Profiles: Lan-e Tuyang

Matthew Ngau Jau (Lan-e Tuyang) – Photo courtesy of Rainforest World Music Festival

Lan-e Tuyang (meaning among friends) was initially a duo from Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo, consisting of Matthew Ngau Jau and his late uncle Uchau Bilung. Both musicians play the sape, a long indigenous Borneo lute carved from solid wood. They play music based on Kenyah (Orang Ulu) traditional music. The duo performed many international concerts as well as in Sarawak tourism promotional events in Europe, Australia and Asia.

In 2009, Uchau Bilung passed away and the group continued under the leadership of Matthew Ngau Jau. Lan-e Tuyang re-formed with a new format, featuring three sape players and one percussionist. They performed with this new lineup at the 2009 Rainforest World Music Festival.

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