Triumphant first night for RWMF
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Music-lovers from all over the world swayed to the rhythm of last night’s harmonious beats with the start of the first night performance of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2015.
The night started off with a traditional ‘miring’ ceremony before Sangpuy, the first performer, took the stage. An aboriginal singer from Taiwan, Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw enchanted the audience with his beautiful voice and slow melodious tunes of the Pinuyumayan tribe celebrating life and ancient traditions.
What made Sangpuy even more interesting for local festival goers were the similarities between the traditional costumes, dance and language of his tribe to Borneo’s own native people.
From smooth and easy, the night ambience then escalated to something more upbeat with Kobagi Kecak, which is short form for Komunitas Badan Gila (Crazy Bodies Community).
Formed in 2008 in Bali, Indonesia, the band is made up of 16 people that developed a special performance style they call ‘Angga Suara Murti’ which saw the group creating beats and sounds with their own bodies and voices as primary instruments.
Scottish fusion band Shooglenifty who celebrated their 25th anniversary this year was the last to perform. This is the fourth time the band has performed at RWMF, their first being back in 1997.
Infusing the traditional sounds of their homeland with their contemporary music sensibilities, among the songs performed by the six-piece band was one sung in Gaelic, proving that music was a common language enjoyed by all.
Others that performed during the night performance was Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band from Australia and New Zealand and Bargou 08 of Tunisia.
Held at Sarawak Cultural Village, this year’s RWMF will run from Aug 7 – 9.