Explore Sarawak’s Sape and Music

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There was once a traditional healer whose wife fell ill. In a dream, the healer was told to carve out a piece of tree and string it with pineapple fibres. He was instructed to use this newly crafted musical instrument to play tunes for his wife to aid her healing. He did exactly that once he awoke and miraculously his wife got well. This is the story of the birth of Sape (Bornean boat lute), one of Sarawak’s best known traditional musical instrum...

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Moving ahead virtually with RWMF 2021 and BJF 2021

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KUCHING, 16 June 2021- Fans of the iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) are going to be able to relive the feel of the iconic event virtually this year when the event gets underway this Friday. RWMF 2021, a virtual experience featuring a retrospective of past RWMF performances and new pre-recorded sessions with homegrown acts will be shown on RWMF’s official site www.rwmf.net, TVS and Shopee Live from 6pm to 7.30pm every day from 18-2...

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The Rainforest World Music Festival 2020

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Postponement Of Events The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique music festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Its formula of three afternoons of interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening perfo...

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You don’t want to miss these amazing festivals in Borneo!

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Sarawak is home to numerous indigenous cultures, all with their own cultural practices, traditions and festivals that contribute to the colourful tapestry that makes up Sarawak’s unique identity. These cultures and traditions reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations, thereby defining the people of Sarawak and their identity. It is important to preserve cultural heritage because it ensures a people’s integrity remains intact.  ...

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New for Rainforest World Music Festival 2014

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Three new elements have been added to inject freshness into the festival. The Malay House will be used for the first time, giving the workshop there an intimate feel. It is limited, however, to fifty persons for health and safety reasons. In the comfort of the Theatre, two daily chamber-styled concerts will be presented instead. To keep the festival mood going by another hour, there will be the RWMF COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE conducted by 1DRUM.OR...

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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) Bidayuh traditional roots music on hand-made bamboo instruments and drumsMusic like it has been in the jungles of Borneo for centuries.   RAFLY WA SAJA (Indonesia) The unique voice of Aceh and Rafly combined with some of the top musicia...

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