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Saturday, August 15, 2015 Options
Return from the Rainforest

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The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place every summer in the Sarawak Cultural Village outside of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the spectacular tropical island of Borneo. It's a great festival at a remarkable site and yours truly was fortunate enough to be invited by the Sarawak Tourism Board to attend this year.

Over the coming weeks and months I'll be presenting several shows drawing from the festival. Actually tonight's show isn't really the first one although we will dip into a bit of festival-related material (and also some of the recorded music I inevitably accumulated in Kuching and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia!) - let's call it a post-jet-lag teaser.

Photos on this page are courtesy Sarawak Tourism Board.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Indeep Bakshi feat Badshah: Saturday Saturday Options / Various Artists: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Bollywood OST (0:00:00 Pop‑up)
Thank you, Malaysia Airlines in-flight entertainment for my new theme song.  

Rizan Said: From Mandal to Mandal Options / King of Keyboard / Annihaya / * (0:04:34 Pop‑up)
If this sounds like an Omar Souleyman karaoke track, well, it kinda is... it's his keyboardist's solo album.  

Kuljit Bhamra, Abdulkarim Rass and others: Ah Heyah Options / Somali Party in Southall / Keda (0:09:43 Pop‑up)  

Violons Barbares: Saturday Yurt Fever Options / Saulem Ai / World Village (0:23:06 Pop‑up)
Violons Barbares' very engaging morin khuur player Enkhjargal Dandavaanchig (EPI) performed a lovely solo set on the Rainforest Festival's intimate Theater stage.  

Atash: Tanguillo Options / Everything is Music / Ars Mundi Productions / * (0:27:35 Pop‑up)  

Brooklyn Gypsies: Camels of Blue Options / Sin Fronteras / Wonderwheel Recordings / * (0:32:35 Pop‑up)  

Ojos de Brujo: Todo Tiende Options / Techari Live (CD+DVD) / Six Degrees (0:37:21 Pop‑up)  

Faltriqueira: Ultreia (et Suseia) Options / Various Artists: Cantigas do Camiño / Fol Música (0:45:21 Pop‑up)
From Pontedeume, Galicia, Spain  

A Rahman: Menari Mambo Options / Various Artists: Lagu Melayu Klasik Vol 1 (VCD) (0:52:26 Pop‑up)  

Noer Halimah: Janur Kuning Options / Rhoma Irama & Noer Halimah - Panggung Gembira (0:54:32 Pop‑up)
Found a great music shop in the Pudu section of Kuala Lumpur with lots of Malaysian (and like this) Indonesian Dangdut and regional genre releases, mostly on VCD format. Plus, you can get a great combo platter of Malay food at a stall just a few steps from the shop for the equivalent of about 1 US dollar. Now that's my kinda market.  

Ramon Asben and Ovhi Firsty: Take Pernah Berpisah Options / Pacar Cuma-Cuma (0:58:38 Pop‑up)  

Jefri & Suriyati with Group Cilokak Longseran Barat: Cemare Nuggal Options / Album Sasak (Cilokaq) Kamput Brekeli (1:03:57 Pop‑up)
Another good find at Pudu market. If you google you can find a lot of similar music (even some or all of these specific tracks) on YouTube and even Spotify.  

Tuku 'Kame' Sarawak - Artists of the Sarawak Cultural Village: Alu-Alu (a dance of the Melanau people) Options / Rhythms of the Rainforest / Sarawak Cultural Village (1:09:26 Pop‑up)
This is the excellent music and dance ensemble based at the Sarawak Cultural Village (the "house band" if you will) - they perform there daily. Rather than representing a single village or ethnic group, they perform music from the various tribes / ethnic groups of Sarawak - in this case, a dance of the Melanau people.


Nassier Wahab: Sulamn Asmara Options / Kepuncak Persada (1:13:07 Pop‑up)  

Nirwana Band: Lagu Metal (Melayu Metal) Options / Ingin Kau Bahagia (1:17:30 Pop‑up)
Heavy Metal is big in Malaysia. Most Malaysian metal songs are structured pretty much the same as anywhere else - but as the title suggests, this one incorporates Melayu rhythms - to great effect.  

The Travellers: A1 Options / 7" SNR-7035 / Prinstar (1:30:53 Pop‑up)
I stumbled upon this sixties Singapore Pop Yeh-Yeh single and the next couple as well at a shopping center in Pudu!  

The Stylers: B2 Options / 7" YHEP 181 / Panda Records (1:33:17 Pop‑up)  

The Changs: B1 Options / 7" SLEP 2041 / Sing Liang Organisation (1:36:58 Pop‑up)  

Tal National: Sey Wata Gaya Options / Zoy Zoy / Fatcat Records (1:39:35 Pop‑up)
GIG: Wed night @ Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. w/ Janka Nabay. TICKET GIVEAWAY available - see instructions to enter elsewhere on this page.  

Songhoy Blues: Al Hassidi Terei Options / Music in Exile / Atlantic (1:45:31 Pop‑up)  

Juluba Kunda (Fiddlers Juldeh Camara from Gambia and Griselda Sanderson from Scotland): Pijin Jalen Options / Traders / Waulk Records (1:49:11 Pop‑up)
PIcked this up on my earlier summer journey, to Scotland (what can I tell ya, it's been a busy coupla months)  

Tuku 'Kame' Sarawak - Artists of the Sarawak Cultural Village: Joget Seri Sarawak Options / Rhythms of the Rainforest / Sarawak Cultural Village (1:52:26 Pop‑up)
The fiddle that you hear on this track is not a modern enhancement, though you can find plenty of Western instruments in the malls in Kuching, Kuala Lumpur etc. But in this context it's thought of as a traditional instrument and has been played this way for hundreds of years. The violin was introduced to this part of the world around the 16th century by Portuguese traders (I think - though the Dutch may have brought fiddles too - if you're writing your term paper, don't quote me without checking other sources first!).  

Son de Madera: El Gavilancito Options / Caribe Mar Sincopado / Fonarte Latino / * (1:57:48 Pop‑up)
Put on a nice show at the Rainforest Festival - perhaps not as flashy as some of the new generation Son Jarocho bands, but straight from the source in Veracruz, Mexico and as good as it gets.  

Kobo Town: Road to Fyzabad Options / Jumbie in the Jukebox / Cumbancha (2:02:12 Pop‑up)
Toronto's old-school-Caribbean-calypso-rooted Kobo town really turned it up a notch to rock the big stage at the Rainforest Festival!  

Lindigo: Mile Sek Mile Options / Mile Sek Mile (2:14:15 Pop‑up)
And Lindigo, the final band of the festival, delivered full throttle Reunion-Island Maloya Power from the big stage - I was really impressed; I think if the Rainforest Festival had a Carnival Crown for 2015, I'd have given it to Lindigo!


The Burns Unit: Send Them Kids to War Options / Side Show (2:17:15 Pop‑up)
Another pickup from the Scotland trip  

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang: Feba Options / En Ya Say / Luaka Bop (2:20:41 Pop‑up)
GIG: Wed night @ Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. w/ Tal National. TICKET GIVEAWAY available - see instructions to enter elsewhere on this page.  

The Actions: Kokro-Ko Options / Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga, 1975-1985 / * (2:25:35 Pop‑up)

Tuku 'Kame' Sarawak - Artists of the Sarawak Cultural Village: Rejang Beuh (dance of the Bidayuh people) Options (2:34:46 Pop‑up)  

Kapela Maliszów: Quarrelsome Mazurka Options / Mazurki Niepojęte / Karrot Kommando (2:47:53 Pop‑up)
This family band from southern Poland did a very nice set on the Rainforest Festival's intimate Theatre stage.  

Trad Attack!: Reied (Thighs) Options / Trad Attack! / * (2:51:39 Pop‑up)
From Estonia  

Lan E Tuyang: To Love Somebody Options / Live at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 / Unreleased (2:57:03 Pop‑up)
Lan E Tuyang is a trio led by renowned singer and storyteller Mathew Ngau Jau that features the sape, a beautiful lute that is kind of the definitive instrument of Sarawak. They played lots of lovely traditional songs during their Rainforest Festival set, but I can't resist wrapping up today's show with their show-closing cover of a song that should be familiar to most of you.


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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:09pm slugluv1313:

welcome back, Rob!
looking forward to all those festival goodies :)
(although bummer! missed the new theme song!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Rob W:

Thanks Slugluv, hi everyone!
  6:21pm cheri:

rob, greetings and goodevening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm Rob W:

Thanks Cheri, greetings and good evening to you and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm Ike & the Head of a Dead Ram:

Hi everybody. Sounds good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm maestroso:

Hello Rob, this Ojos tune is awesome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm Rob W:

Thanks Ike, thanks Maestroso, glad you liked that track! When they rocked out Ojos de Brujo were pretty great.
  7:05pm Taratortuga:

Oh man this is so great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Rob W:

Thanks Taratortuga!
  7:20pm Rebecca:

Always amazing Rob.
Avatar 7:34pm JakeGould:

It’s always nice to find rare old stuff in a shop where they might just be using said stuff to hold open doors or keep bookcases level.
  7:36pm Ike:

Tempted to go into the tiny Old Town Asia store in Brooklyn Chinatown and buy Malaysian cookies now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Rob W:

Jake, yes, I think the 45s I bought had been sitting there for a loooooong time!
Avatar 7:50pm katie:

but they are so beautiful those 45s.
Avatar 8:20pm katie:

The Burns Unit from that other island I made you visit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Rob W:

Yes, been hitting the islands this summer...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Great to have you back Rob - glad you enjoyed your travels !
- We are so fortunate you share your discoveries w/ us.
  8:56pm Ike:

Trad Attack, wow! Very nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm ! I X Key !:

This show was unbelievably awesome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Rob Weisberg:

Thanks ! I X Key !: - ! Thanks everyone for listening and see ya in a couple of weeks!
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