Mixture of Sarawak’s traditional and modern sounds at RWMF 2015

KUCHING: Three Sarawakian bands will be entertaining the audience with their traditional music at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) from August 7-9 at Sarawak Cultural Village.

One of the bands will be the Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble, led by Ken Wy who is a master player of the yanggin, a traditional Chinese instrument which originally came from Persia.

To carry on with his passion on the uniqueness of the yanggin, he established a Music and Arts Academy in Kuching which allows others to gain an insight into the extreme expressive range and the bright tones of the yanggin, which is also called hammered dulcimer of China.


Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble

Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble


At this year’s RWMF, Ken Wy will be performing together with an impressive ensemble of yanggins and percussion bringing traditional Chinese music in its elegant and smooth vibe to the Rainforest.

The second Sarawakian band is Lan E Tuyang, led by Mathew Ngau, famous for his extraordinary skills on Sape and a story teller. The audience will be taken on a musical journey revealing the life of the inhabitants of the rainforest and their traditional way of life in the olden days.


Lan E Tuyang

Lan E Tuyang


Ngau has been playing Sape, a traditional instrument with a boat shaped lute since he was little. He is not only an expert on the instrument but also makes Sapes, paints, dances and is an experienced blowpipe player.

The band’s music is the music of Kenyah from the Orang Ulu tribe in Sarawak and combines the calm and lonesome sound of sape with the traditional dances of the warriors.

To bring back the interest of the young generation in traditional music and instruments and to prove the variety and beauty of its kind, the Sarawakian band Sayu Ateng (meaning “Welcome” in a local dialect) offers a modern and fresh mixture between old and contemporary sounds underlined with a strong Sarawak flavor.


Sayu Ateng

Sayu Ateng


The 8-member group composes their own lyrics and melodies taking their inspiration from nature, landscapes and the stories of Sarawak, preserving the original sound of Sarawak’s tradition and creating a distinct sound which unmistakably symbolizes Borneo.

First performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival in 1999, Sayu Ateng will impress the audience once again this year, offering a variety of musical pieces which combine the ancient instruments with modern ones and mix the sounds of Sarawak with Pop and the World Beat, bringing the music of the Rainforest to a whole new level of excitement.

Entrance tickets are now available on sale and for more information on the festival, please log on to its website at www.rwmf.net

Tickets event-presale is priced at RM 110.00 for single adult and child is priced at RM 50.00 while the three-day entrance is priced at RM 300.00 for adult and RM 130.00 for a child.

Pictures show the Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble, Lan E Tuyang and Sayu Ateng.

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