SAN SALVADOR – THE HYPNOTIC VOCALS WITH OCCITAN POETRY

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KUCHING: The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival has spawned new ways of thinking about music of other cultures and indeed music from our own backyard. World music, considering its unique features, over the years, promoted intercultural communication between diverse communities within and beyond Borneo. It is a wonderful opportunity to listen to sounds from all corners of the world and learn about different and unique musical instruments. T...

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MACKA B – STAGING THE REGGAE TO RWMF

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UK’s most influential dancehall toaster and festival goers can work up a serious sweat during his most anticipated performance. Macka B will be one of the highlights at this year's Rainforest World Music Festival. Macka B is a British-born Jamaican reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning nearly four decades in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He also has built a career on his insanely unique delivery and stage presence, wit...

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HA NOI DUO CREATING MAGIC AT RWMF

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KUCHING: Ha Noi Duo are two celebrated Vietnamese musicians who were raised with different paths in their music journey. Their music is beautifully organic in essence, yet with unabashedly modern flourishes and they create inspiring work, that casts a lasting spell. Nguyên Lê is an acclaimed jazz star who needs no introduction. Based in Paris, he collaborates with fellow countrymen. His work with pop singer Tùng Dương that won Best Song, Man o...

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SOUND OF AINU FOR THE FIRST TIME

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KUCHING: This year edition of RWMF is proud to host Oki Kano representing the Ainu (Japan) for the first time ever. Growing up in Japan, Oki graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He moved to New York in 1987 where he worked as a special effects artist on film productions and returned to Japan in 1992. The multi-talented musician Oki never knew he was part of a “vanishing” race as many in the tribe chose to keep their h...

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LA CHIVA GANTIVA AND ANA ALCAIDE IN RWMF 2019

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KUCHING: There is no doubt that Latin and music from the Spanish-speaking world is far outpacing many other genres on the world music stage. There has always been a Latin group thrown in the mix at the Rainforest World Music Festival and at the 22nd edition this year there will be two bands – La Chiva Gantiva from Colombia who will provide an insight into their roots with their sensual, upbeat, danceable and contagious music and Ana Alcaide from ...

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Polynesian Rhythm at RWMF

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RWMF 2019 is proud to present two very similar cultures but very different acts from the most South-eastern point of Oceania, the Chilean island of Rapa Nui and the South-western Pacific nation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand). There is always a ripple of excitement going through the crowds when Polynesian bands from Oceania perform at any music festival around the world. Whether it is the exotic, beautifully sensual nature of the ...

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Last batch of reef balls in Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park

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National Geographic: Exploring a Massive Cave

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Kuching Awarded “World Craft City” Status

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Kuching has been awarded the status "World Craft City" by the World Crafts Council. The city has the reputation of being the hub and gateway to the crafts of the indigenous tribes of Sarawak and entire Borneo. These crafts are testaments to the wealth and diversity of their traditions and cultures in the forms of textiles, fibres, ceramics and wood. Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said t...

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VSC Commemorative Stamp to Launch at MATTA2019

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Two sets of stamps sporting Sarawak themed imagery will be launched on March 15, one of which is the limited edition ‘Visit Sarawak campaign’ commemorative stamp set. The commemorative set will only be available at the Sarawak Booth number 5058 - 5063 & 5068 – 5073 (Hall 5) at MATTA Fair in PWTC, from March 15 to 17. Only 400 copies of these VSC commemorative stamps will be available for those who buy Sarawak packages or participate...

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State to Pursue Connectivity Despite Setbacks

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The State will continue to pursue connectivity to international airport hubs despite recent setbacks, assured the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin yesterday. It is not easy to convince airlines especially foreign carriers to Sarawak as there are equally attractive destinations that they can look to, he said. We are trying our very best and the ROUTES Asia 2019 sessions’ here has been a touch point to meet up with airline c...

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RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FEST PROMOTIONAL VIDEO WINS GOLDEN CITY GATE AWARD

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The Rainforest World Music Festival’s (RWMF) promotional video wins the Golden City Gate 2019 five-star Award at the ITB Berlin 2019, a leading international annual tourism trade event. The video, “Rainforest World Music Festival” produced by a local production house, Asa Esa won in the 19th International Tourism Film and Multimedia category with a five star for an outstanding contribution. On hand to receive the award from the President of...

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