A Quick Take of Rainforest World Music Festival 2013 Bands

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We have created a short write-up for each of the twenty-one (21) bands performing at this year’s Music Festival. They are not listed in any order.

BAND
About The Band
MADEEH (Sarawak, Malaysia)

sarawak malaysia borneo rainforest world music festival 2013 Madeeh

Bidayuh traditional roots music on hand-made bamboo instruments and drums
Music like it has been in the jungles of Borneo for centuries.
 
RAFLY WA SAJA (Indonesia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial RAFLY WA SAJA (Indonesia)
The unique voice of Aceh and Rafly combined with some of the top musicians from Jakarta
A fitting performance on the 10th anniversary of the earthquake and resulting  tsunami in Sumatra.
MOHSEN SHARIFIAN & THE LIAN BAND (Iran)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial MOHSEN SHARIFIAN & THE LIAN BAND (Iran)

Regarded as Iran’s most prestigious folklore music band.
They play Boushehri music that is the amalgamation of centuries of social, cultural, religious melting pots in Iran.
They have received 7 awards for performance of Ney-Anban, 3 Best Music titles, 3 Best Singer titles, 3 awards for Best Percussion from Iran.
JUK WAN EMANG (Sarawak, Malaysia)
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The rare and dying art of the nose flute of Sarawak.
This is the instrument used for courtship among the Kayan people.
Juk Wan Emang is 71 years old and comes from the interior of the Rainforests.
NUNUKUL YUGGERA (Australia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial NUNUKUL YUGGERA (Australia)

Traditional Aboriginie song and dance troupe
Their performances portray their unique lifestyle, religions and tribal legends in their performances.
They have been called the Australian answer to the New Zealand Haka.
SHANGYIN CHINESE CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLE (Sarawak, Malaysia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial SHANGYIN CHINESE CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLE(Kuching)

Winner of 2013 at Shanghai Folk Music Orchestra Showcase
Sarawak flavor and Malaysian folk music interwoven with Chinese traditional instruments.
HABADEKUK (Denmark)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial HABADEKUK (Denmark)
Powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms
One of Denmark’s leading folk bands that uses old folk melodies in 21st century presentation.
Their CD “Hopsadaddy” was awarded “Album of the Year” at Danish Music Award Folk 2011
Their fiddle player Kristian Bugge was awarded “Folk Artist of the year” at Danish Music Award Folk 2011
Nominated as best live act of the year for Danish Music Awards 2012
NATIVE CHANTING (Sarawak, Malaysia) 

Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial NATIVE CHANTING (Sarawak)

Oral blessings from the different indigenous tribes of Sarawak – the Bidayuh, the Iban, the Orang Ulu, the Melanau.
DIZU PLAATZIES & THE IBUYAMBO ENSEMBLE (South Africa)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial DIZU PLAATZIES & THE IBUYAMBO ENSEMBLE (South Africa)

Sub-Saharan African music.
Painted warriors, female dancers, traditional music played on handmade instruments.
Exulted voices, wonderful instrumental textures and thrilling percussion
His album “African Kings” won Best Alternative African Album at the SAMA awards 2009
SPIRITUAL SEASONS (Ukraine)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial SPIRITUAL SEASONS (Ukraine)

 
Medieval, Irish and Scandinavian folk band from Kharkov, Ukraine.
MAYA GREEN (Sarawak, Malaysia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial MAYA GREEN (Sarawak)
Dato Medan Abdullah on the legendary boat lute of Sarawak – the sape.
RHYTHM IN BRONZE (Malaysia)

Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial RHYTHM IN BRONZE (Malaysia) 

Gongs and gamelans.
A mix of traditional instruments with contemporary compositions.
“Best Music Concert” award in the World Music category at the 2004 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.
Following this, Wujud Antara, received three BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2005, for “Best Group performance – Instrumental”, “Best Group performance –
Voice” and “Best Musical Direction” (Sunetra Fernando and Jillian Ooi) in the Music category.
PINE LEAF BOYS (USA)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial PINE LEAF BOYS (USA)
Cajun and Creole band from Southern Louisiana
4 times Grammy nominated.
Ancient songs and dances revived and brought to the stage with wild exuberance and energetic performances.
Their accordion player, Wilson Savoy, just won a Grammy 2013
CHET NUNETA (France)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial CHET NUNETA (France)
Vocal polyphonies + polyrhythms
They sing  transcontinental  traditional songs accompanied by mostly percussion
LAN E TUYANG (Sarawak, Malaysia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial LAN E TUYANG (Sarawak)
The very well known musician, artist and instrument maker, Matthew Ngau, with traditional Orang Ulu music on the beautiful boat lute of Sarawak, the sape, accompanied by percussion and a dancer.
REY VALLENATO BETO JAMAICA (Colombia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial REY VALLENATO BETO JAMAICA (Colombia)
Fiesta dance music of Colombia.
Beto Jamaica was the winner of the Valleneto Competition 2006-2007
KRIES (Croatia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial KRIES(Croatia)
Traditional Croatian chants – very dark, very mystic – fused into wild ethno rock.
GEMA SLDN-SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE (Sarawak, Malaysia)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial GEMA SLDN-SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE (Sarawak, Malaysia)

A collection of different percussion instruments of Sarawak – drums, gongs, bamboo.
KILA (Ireland)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial KILA (Ireland)
Songs based on gorgeous traditional Irish melodies.
Percussive like singing and driving rhythms
They have supplied and composed music for a number of films, TV, theatre
Shortlisted Choice Music Prize, 2008

Nominee in Meteor Irish Music awards, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2007, 2008

2002 Meteor Irish Music Industry Award  – Best Trad Act

Hot Press Readers Choice Awards – Best Trad Act – 2003, 2004, 2007

ALP BORA (Turkey)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial ALP BORA (Turkey)
Music from Turkey and the Balkans.
A mix of eastern and western colours.
PALSANDAE (Korean)
Sarawak Malaysia Borneo Rainforest World Music Festvial PALSANDAE (Korean)

Korean traditional music with acrobatic and dance woven into the performance.
The show includes shamanic prayer songs, pansori and pangut performances.
To find out when the groups are performing, this is the link to the evening showtimes
The Rainforest World Music Festival is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

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