Reviving cultural identities in folk-songs
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) should promote more folk-songs to the public as a way to promote traditional music among the youths.
For Malaysian-based band Culture Shot from Penang, their music represented everything about Penang including its style, rhythm and language.
“All the songs that we performed are based on memories of our hometown, street stuff that I have picked up from my memories and then made into songs,’ said member of Culture Shot Ang Eng Bok.
Another band whose music is also influenced by their tradition and culture is Kapela Maliszow, a family band from Poland whose music is inspired by the traditional music of Beskid Niski and Pogorze regions in southern Poland.
“Our band is a family band and the music that we play is based on traditional Polish music as it is pretty much forgotten and we are trying to keep it alive and evolving, “said Kacper Malisz.
According to Malisz, the band hopes to evolve Polish traditional music to something more modern to make it more appealing to the people, not only in Poland but outside as well.
For Drew Gonsalves of the band Kobo Town whose style of music is inspired by Calypso music, he found his love for his hometown music while he moved to Canada at an early age.
“After moving to Canada, I remembered the longing I had for my country and missing it a lot, that I began to look into the music and grew to love it,” he said.
Rediscovering his love of music, Drew added that one thing that drew him was the humour in Calypso.
“So many political music can get sour and self-righteous and I found humour is a great antidote to that. I always love the ability to treat something very serious with a little lot of humour, to laugh and think at the same time,” he said.
The press conference on the third day of RWMF2015 saw musicians from Kenwy Yang Qing Ensemble of Sarawak, Shooglenifty of Scotland, Ukandanz of Ethiopia and France, Kobo Town of Trinidad and Tobago, Culture Shot of Penang, Malaysia, Kapela Maliszow of Poland and performers from Sarawak Cultural Village.
The 18th edition of RWMF 2015 had 24 performers from all over the world performing within the three days festival.