RWMF 2015: All strung-out

By Patricia Hului


The unique part of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is getting to see a wide variety of instruments that may be in the same family – as can be seen here with stringed instruments – but have their own stories to tell.

Some, like the wtar played by Tunisian band Bargou 08 is an almost forgotten instrument while the kabosy played by Lindigo from Reunion Islands, claims its origins from the Arabian oud. All which were found at this year’s RWMF 2015 from Aug 7-9.


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Olivier Maniale from Ndima (Congo Brazzaville) playing a harp from his tribe, the Aka Pygmies.


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Driss El Maloumi from Morroco playing the oud on Aug 8 at Theatre Stage, Sarawak Cultural Village. He is considered one of the best oud players of his generation.


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Violinist from Mah Meri performed during night showcase on Aug 8. The Mah Meri are Orang Asli from Carey island in Peninsular Malaysia.


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Sona Jobarteh is the first female professional kora player from Gambia. She performed during RWMF 2015 at Theatre Stage on Aug 9.


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Bargou 08 (Tunisia) vocalist Nidhal Yahyaoui singing and playing the wtar, an almost forgotten lute.


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Violinist Natalia Arroya from Son de Madera, a son jaracho band based in Veracruz, Mexico.


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Bassist Ander Garcia from Korrontzi (Basque Country) performed during the last night of RWMF 2015.


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Kobo Town founder, singer and songwriter Drew Gonsalves rocking the crowd on Aug 8.


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Shooglenifty’s Angus R Grant playing the fiddle during the last night performance on Aug 7 at SCV.


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Besides being the lead vocalist and accordionist of Lindigo, a band from Reunion Island, Oliver Harry Araste also plays the kabosy.


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