#RWMF: How do you define success in music?

By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
@danitbpseeds
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Defining success in the music field can be subjective.

For some, success is measured by how much one has earned, while others set fame and glory as a benchmark for success. However, there are those who see inner peace as an achievement.

Abisheg Thiyagadass of Unique Arts Academy

Abisheg Thiyagadass of Unique Arts Academy

“For me it is quite simple. Being a musician, music just comes to us. No one chooses to become a musician I believe, because to become one, there is no particular time to choose,” said Abisheg Thiyagadass of Unique Arts Academy from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Abisheg was one of the performers presented during the press conference on the second day of the 19th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival.

One of the dancers from Unique Arts Academy performing one the first day or RWMF 2016 during the night concert

One of the dancers from Unique Arts Academy performing one the first day or RWMF 2016 during the night concert

The Unique Arts Academy, a school for performing arts was one of the performers during RWMF 2016 that was held recently from August 5-7.

“So how to define success is very simple; keep playing music. It is not about business or fame. For my personal opinion, I do not look for attention, it is for my inner peace,” he added.

“When I play music, I am happy. That’s all, it is good enough to be success. For me, it is not about photographs or fame,” he said.

Having been to various places around the world and exposed to all kinds of music, the musicians of Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana considered meeting people as part of their success, as they believe that the music festival is a platform to achieve that.

One of the members of Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana

One of the members of Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana

“I think in music, success comes by itself, because the more you play, you play with your love and affection, and that goes great to success that might come later. For instance, being here, I am doing it for the love of it,” he said.

Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana performed on the second day during the night concert of RWMF 2016 (Photo credit: Sarawak Tourism Board)

Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band of Ghana performed on the second day during the night concert of RWMF 2016 (Photo credit: Sarawak Tourism Board)

“Life as a musician is a mixture, you meet a lot of people over different points of your life and have different musical collaboration,” said Oisín Mac Diarmada of Irish band, Teada, a five-member band playing traditional musical instruments established in 2001.

Oisín Mac Diarmada of Irish band, Teada performing on the first day during the night concert

Oisín Mac Diarmada of Irish band, Teada

“As well as individual success and a musician within a band, I would qualify success as keeping a group of people together many years and follow that journey as music changes and all of us change over the years as individual change in our approach to music changes quite a lot.

Oisín added that he would continue to play for many years to come as Irish music is the kind of music that people from all generations enjoy.

Band members of Teada performing on the first day of RWMF 2016

Band members of Teada performing on the first day of RWMF 2016

“People play it from four or five years of age up to older person. It has a multi-generational aspect, so that would be an aspiration to keep playing,” he said.

Committed to preserving their culture for future generations, fame and recognition are merely tools useful in doing that.

“For us, success is inspiring others and our children. The music and dance that we do is generational. If we are passing it down to our children and our children started dancing because they see that we are famous. But, it is a tool that we use,” said Leonora Adidi of Naygayiw Gigi or also known as ‘Northern Thunder’ from Bamaga, in the northernmost town in Queensland, Australia.

Leonora Adidi of Naygayiw Gigi

Leonora Adidi of Naygayiw Gigi

Inspired to preserve their culture through dancing and creating music in their own native language, the members of the group hopes that through fame and recognition, it would inspire the younger generation to embrace their culture and have a deep appreciation to their roots.

 Naygayiw Gigi performed on the first and second night of RWMF 2016

Naygayiw Gigi performed on the first and second night of RWMF 2016

So tell us at The Borneo Post SEEDS, how do you define success in your life?

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