Smashing final workshop at RWMF
By Jude Toyat
KUCHING: The ‘We Are The World’ workshop at the Rainforest World Music Festival yesterday gave musicians from around the world the chance to build a new composition together.
“The workshop is intended to prove that music is a universal language, and there is a need to understand it together to create something great,” stated guitarist for Sona Jobarteh from Gambia and UK Derek Johnson who led the workshop.
Other international musicians included violinist Kacper Malisz and accordion player Jan Malisz of Kapela Maliszow (Poland), percussionist James Mackintosh from Shooglenifty (Scotland), oud player Driss El Maloumi (Morocco), bassist Benoit Lecomte of Ukandanz (France/Ethiopia), percusionnist Ramzi Maaroufi of Bargou 08 (Tunisia), calabash player Westley Joseph of Sona Jobarteh (Gambia/UK), and vocalists Bidzina, George and Mikheil of Alaverdi (Georgia).
Meanwhile, the local talents include flute player Narawi Rashidi of the Sarawak Cultural Village, sape player Jeffery Mozallan of Sayu Ateng (Sarawak), yangqing player Ho Khong Wee of Kenwy Yangqing Ensemble (Sarawak), and guitarist Kedari of Sayu Ateng (Sarawak).
The 45-minute concert was a great pleasure for the audience who cheered at the top of their lungs and jumped around, dancing to the rhythm and music of the newly composed song. Some even beat their hands on the floor to show their support for such a great workshop.
The workshop at the festival played a great part in promoting one’s own culture and giving the opportunity for other people to learn and become familiar with various similarities and differences in music that exist around the world.
Marking their last performance for a workshop at this year’s festival, the musicians hope that they will be given opportunity to participate in the festival again in the near future.