Wednesday July 11, 2007
Bands start to fly in for weekend of global rhythms
By MUMTAJ BEGUM
PETALING JAYA: The place to be this weekend is the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, where The Rainforest World Music Festival will take place.
The event which is being organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board will kick off on Friday and end on Sunday.
It will feature 20 bands performing diverse musical styles.
A spokesman for the board said some of the acts like Randy Raine-Reush from Canada and Tarika Be from Madagascar, had arrived in Kucing. They two will be performing on Friday night.
The last band expected to fly in for the festival is the Foghorn String Band from the United States.
Most of the bands are making a return to the festival, which is in its 10th year.
Six local groups are also taking part at the three-day festival.
From Sarawak, audiences can check out performances from Anak Adi Rurum Kelabit (showcasing performances with orang ulu musical instruments), Tabuh Pak Ainal (drums and percussion), Jerry Kamit on sape and Kelapang Kelabit Bamboo Band (with instruments made from bamboo).
Two other Malaysian bands participating are Aseana Percussion Unit from Kuala Lumpur and Mah Meri, an orang asli group from Selangor.
Festival tickets have been selling fast, especially for the Saturday and Sunday performances.
Tickets are priced at RM80 for a one-day adult pass, and RM200 for a three-day adult pass. Children aged three to 12 years can purchase half-priced tickets.
As of this point, we cant say how many tickets have been sold but we estimate that each night, there will be at least 1,000 patrons at the venue, said the spokesman.
The festival has also attracted the international media, with some 250 media representatives confirming their attendance.
Top hotels in Santubong and Kuching are fully booked for the weekend, she said.
The two stages for event have been moved a little further to the back to ensure a bigger space for the standing audience.
Besides the main performances, which are held every evening starting from 7.30pm, workshops starting from 2pm will also be held at the Cultural Village.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.ticketcharge.com.my as well as at all Visitor Information Centres in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.
For more information on the festival, log on to the official website http://www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com.