Women steal limelight at RWMF 2014
IT WAS THE SECOND night of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2014 and music lovers from all over the world gathered together at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) to listen to a fusion of music coming from the soulful music from Ukraine, the energetic sounds of the zapin dance from Johor, the catchy tune from Wales, the infectious dance music from Italy, the hypnotic sound from Sarawak and the funky and bluesy beats and from the band of Debademba of Burkina Faso/Mali/France.
It was definitely a night to remember when each of the bands managed to reach out to the crowd with their own unique style of their music which represents their culture, origin and country.
Undeniably, it was the women of the bands that stole the show during the second night of the RWMF 2014.
Hailing from Kyiv, Ukraine, the musical quartet DakhaBrakha was the first band to perform where the ladies gave a hauntingly beautiful performance which grabbed the attention of the crowds with their astonishingly powerful and high vocal range that had gothic undertones.
For their last song, they gave an energetic performance with an upbeat tune, complemented with the quartet’s amazing high vocal range their performance instantly turned the lawn into a dance floor.
The next performance performed by the Yayasan Warisan Johor Zapin Group had them performing the zapin, a dance brought to the Malay Archipelago hundreds of years ago said to have an Arabic influence. The dance was based on a specific dance style complemented with gambus, oud violin and traditional drums.
Lively and energetic, the solo performance from one of the female zapin dancers entranced the crowd with her vivacious, animated and exuberant moves and had the crowd wanting more.
Another fascinating performance came from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino of Italy where the dancer of the band, Silvia Perrone, captivated with her whirling dance moves which were further enhanced with the songs played by the band.
Another member of the band, vocalist Maria Mazzotta gave a heartwrenching vocal performance about love that had the audience entranced.
Towards the end of their set, the emcee had disclosed that band members – Mauro Durante who plays the frame drums, violin and vocals – and Perrone were married a day before they came to the RWMF 2014.
Young Sarawakian band Nading Rhapsody gave a stellar performance with the unique blend of Sarawak folk song, ritual chanting, lullabies, myths, stories of ethnic groups in Sarawak which they blend together with contemporary music.
But, it was the female band member, vocalist Azhfar Raimi also known as Opah who grabbed the limelight with her strong, soulful voice while performing. Among the songs that the band performed were ‘Gambong’ and ‘Sabak Pulai’, a song written in tribute to the ancestors.
The first two to perform at the festival at the Theatre Stage of SCV at 2 pm on June 21st were Ding Yi Music Company of Singapore and Stephen Micus of Germany.
The other performers of the night were Jamie Smith’s Mabon of Wales and Debademba of Mali/Burkina Faso/France in which one of their songs was a tribute to the fighters during the slavery of Africa.