Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Rainforest World Music Festival Line-up

The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and the organiser, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), has promised to stage an event with a blast.

To keep to the promise, STB has listed up an impressive line up of performers. STB's public relations officer Letitia Samuel said in a press release here on Sunday that 20 bands had been listed and all of them had performed in the festival in previous years.

"While most of the bands are making their second appearances in this year's festival, bands like Inka Marka from Peru, Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe), Shooglenifty (Scotland) and Aseana Percussion Unit (Kuala Lumpur) will be making their third appearances.

"And, when they assembled at the Sarawak Cultural Village, it will be a reunion of the big names in world music of sort for everyone," she said.

Given that scenario, this year's RWMF should not be an event to be missed as other bands included in the line-up are Huun Huur Tu and Malerji from Tuva and Russia, Khac Chi (Vietnam), Ensemble Kaboul (Afghanistan), Shannon (Poland), Foghorn Stringband (USA), Tarika Be (Madagascar), Tammora (Italy) Mas Y Mas (UK), Doghouse Skiffle Band (UK), Mah Meri (Kuala Lumpur) and the maestro of world music Randy Raine Reusch (Canada).

"It will definitely be a proud and memorable moment for Reusch to come back and perform at RWMF stage after his six-year absence from the event. Being the consultant of the festival in the early years, he was instrumental in demarcating the direction of the festival then," she added.

To share that glorious moments are also Sarawak's very own groups like Anak A'dik Rurum Kelabit, Jerry Kamit, Taboh Pak Ainal and Kelapang Kelabit Bamboo Band.
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