Launched in 2014, PhotoSparks is a weekly function from YourStory, with images that commemorate the spirit of creativity and innovation. Within the earlier 535 posts, we featured an art festival, cartoon gallery. world music festival, telecom expo, millets fair, climate change expo, wildlife conference, startup festival, Diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.
The annual Rainforest World Music Pageant (RWMF) might be coming to pc and smartphone screens this month. Often held on a July weekend on the Sarawak Cultural Village close to Kuching, jap Malaysia, the award-winning pageant was not held in 2020 as a result of pandemic.
First held in 1998, the organisers this yr have determined to go surfing with a digital showcase from June 18-20. The theme of the digital expertise this yr is Get ‘Entranced, Liberated, Immersed’ (see promo video here).
“With COVID-19 hampering world journey, it’s vital for us to recollect the long-lasting Rainforest World Music Pageant throughout the pandemic,” explains Sarawak’s Tourism, Arts and Tradition Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“Our on-line musical showcase this yr makes an attempt to recreate a digital expertise for many who are lacking the thrill and merriment of our annual RWMF, and construct up their anticipation for RWMF 2022,” he provides. The 2022 version is tentatively scheduled for 17-19 June.
Improvements and impression
A few of the a whole bunch of bands from world wide showcased at earlier editions of RWMF embody Shooglenifty (Scotland), Layatharanga (India), Inka Marka (South America), Cimmaron (Colombia), Kelele (South Africa), Swara Samsara (Indonesia), Romengo (Hungary), Okra Playground (Finland), Ba Cissoko and Sona Jobarteh (West Africa).
I first attended the pageant in 2008, and coated over ten editions, as captured in earlier editions of PhotoSparks and showcased in my archive images on this article. Annually, the organisers have raised the bar with inventive programming and improvements like a brand new indoor stage, World Crafts Bazaar, seafront points of interest, competitions to decide on native bands, and pageant previews in native venues.
Indonesian percussion troupe Dol Arastra Bengkulu
The programing has included workshops, jam periods, cultural visits, wildlife journeys, and tree planting. The grand finale is a favorite spotlight, with all performing bands (typically greater than 25 teams) arising on stage on the final evening.
The pageant serves to extend consciousness about musical devices, kinds, languages, and cultures from world wide. It additionally will increase delight in native musical types and heritage, and is a major increase to the native cultural and tourism trade. A commemorative e book on the pageant’s highlights was launched on its twentieth anniversary.
2021 Digital Showcase
The net musical showcase this yr will function a retrospective of previous RWMF performances and new pre-recorded periods with homegrown acts. The complete efficiency might be streamed from RWMF’s official website from 6:00-7:30 pm (Malaysia Customary Time) every day from 18-20 June.
The flashback phase Quickest Fingers options string instrumentalists from the bands Kenwy Yang Qing Ensemble (Malaysia), Victor Valdez (Mexico), Teada (Eire), Cimarron (Colombia), and Kimura Ono Duo (Japan).
Excellent vocalists within the flashback titled Notes embody Duelling Yodels, Sangpuy (Taiwan), Mamak Khadem (Iran), Krar Collective (Ethiopia), and Dahka Braka (Ukraine).
Registration is already open, and your complete programme for the 2021 version is free. Native featured artists will embody Alena Murang, Kemada, Sang Rawi, At Adau, Tuku Kame, Suk Binie’, Nading Rhapsody, and Mathew Ngau.
Primarily based in Sarawak, Malaysia, the group AT ADAU was fashioned in 2014. It blends conventional sape (Sarawak lute) tunes and percussion from the totally different tribes in Borneo equivalent to Bidayuh, Iban, and Orang Ulu – together with drums and guitars. Their music displays peace, serenity, concord, and appreciation for nature.
The group Sang Rawi explores frontiers of experimental music, combining guitars, drums, clarinet and classical Malay cultural kinds. There are components of psychedelic, people and rock music as nicely. The band members are Suffian, Apris, Rafiq, Acai, and Zul.
Suk Binie (‘younger seedlings’ within the Bau Bidayuh dialect) consists of seven members. They performed in city venues earlier than profitable the Waterfront Music Pageant competitors in 2017. Their compositions are based mostly on the traditions of ethnic communities in Sarawak.
With a twin deal with cultural preservation and environmental conservation, RWMF has secured a singular place within the lineup of world music festivals. It has actually saved up with the altering occasions and brought on a digital avatar as nicely, as an emblem of resilience and reinvention.
Now, what have you performed immediately to pause in your busy schedule and discover new avenues to harness and rejuvenate your inventive core?
Sona Jobarteh, the primary feminine kora virtuoso
Saing Waing Orchestra from Myanmar, that includes the 13-stringed Burmese harp
Epi (Dandarvaanchig Enkhjargal) from Mongolia, on the morin khoor – or horsehead fiddle
Okra Playground with the kantele
Auļi from Latvia with one of many largest drums within the Baltics
Genet Assefa from the Ethiopian group Krar Collective
Maori instrumentalist Horomona Horo with the tiny koauau horn caught in his pierced ear
Pareaso from South Korea, with the geomungo zither
Ana Alcaide (Spain)
Mehdi Nasouli (Morocco)
Workshop – strings of the world
Guide – 20 Years of RWMF
(Picture credit: Madanmohan Rao and Sarawak Tourism Board)