vibrations at Sarawak Cultural Village
Sarawak Tribune - Sunday, 13 July 2003
6th Rainforest World Music Festival
THE Sarawak Cultural Village
(SCV) was alive Friday night with the sounds of world music at the 6th
Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).
Groups that performed for the
night included Lan E-Tuyang and Belaga Asap Group from Malaysia, Valeri Dimchev
Trio from Bulgaria. Omar Pene and the Super Diamano from Senegal and Tarika from
The opening of the RWMF
started with a cultural performance by Lan E- Tuyang formed by Uchau Bilong and
Matthew Ngau Jau. The other member of Lan E- Tuyang, Yagat Usang, is a
well-known musician in Sarawak.
After that was the
presentation of a Kayan-Kenyah "Parap" by Belaga Asap Group. Parap is
a folk song of love, happiness, loneliness, anger and other emotional
The Valerie Dimchev Quartet
which did a blend of Bulgarian folk music kept the crowd entranced with their
powerful and captivating performance. The group, led by Valeri Dimchev performed
provided backing for the hauntingly beautiful voice of their female singer,
Desislava Dimcheva. The other members of the group are Aleksander Popov and
Dragomir Dimov. They used several instruments which included the tarambouka -
a small Oriental drum, a svirka - a short flute, and a tamboura - a long-necked
instrument with four double strings played with a plectrum.
Africa was represented by a
Senegalese master musician, Omar Pene and the Super Diamano, interweaving
popular Mibalax groove with jazz acid blues.
Vocalist and composer Pene
has played a pivotal role in the evolution of Senegalese music. In fact, he and
his band have influenced the music of their homeland for more than a quarter of
a century. While their roots remain in the traditional Mibalax rhythms of
Senegal, Pene and Super Diamano blend a global range of influences, which
include reggae and jazz, into their enthralling dance music.
In the search for their
musical roots, Tarika has successfully captured the root music of the
different regions of their Indian Ocean Island home. The songs portrayed by the
group addresses challenging issues such as the situation of women in Malagasy
society, further pushing the boundaries of Malagasy roots music. The vibrant,
captivating blend of music led by Hanitra Rosoanaivo strongly features local
instruments with a blend of infectious melodies, buoyant grooves and energetic
dancing kept the crowd on
A delightful addition to the
festival this year comes was the Chipolatas for England. This entertaining
trio of Tristan Glover, Samuel Thomas and Gareth King combined traditional
English folk music with savvy clowning and acrobatics. Their energy, vivacity,
passion and incredible wit fascinated the crowd.
The performances scheduled
for Saturday night are Adik-Adik Rurum Kelabit and Lan E- Tuyang, the Bisayah
Gong Orchestra both
Sunday night's concert will
feature Bedok Ensemble of SCV, the Mah Meri Group both from Malaysia, B' Net
Marrakech from Morroco, Krakatau from Indonesia, and Habana Son Club from Cuba.
During the three day festival
there will also be afternoon interactive workshops, ethno-musical lectures,
jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on
Come and experience the
fusion of exotic world music from the rain forest of Borneo and all corners o
the world. Catch the rare sounds o ethnic musical instruments and be mesmerize
like others who had.