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Saturday, January 30, 2016 Options
2015 Rainforest World Music Festival
at the splendiforous Sarawak Cultural Village,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia-Borneo -
Day Two

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Photo above of Maldive Islands ensemble Harambee at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, photo below of Sarawak's
Kenwy Yangqing Ensemble and others on this page are courtesy of Sarawak Tourism Board
unless otherwise indicated.


The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place every summer at the fascinating 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 Rob was fortunate enough to be invited by the Sarawak Tourism Board to attend this past August.

Tonight's show looks at day two of the three-day gathering, with concert excerpts, a musical taste of one of the many festival multi-artist cross-cultural workshops, and interview or press conference sound bites from the performers. You’ll also hear festival MC Hendrick Foh, host of The Borneo Broadcast, deliver his colorful stage intros for the artists.

For more, check out Rob's show covering day one of the festival and stay tuned, there's still one more installment to come.

Also recommended: Manhuman Rao’s superb coverage of the festival, with excellent photos, for World Music Central.

The next Rainforest World Music Festival will be August 5 to 7, 2016. The first bookings have been announced, including Ghanian highlife great Pat Thomas, Southwest China’s visionary trad-rock band Shanren, Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet - which just gave a great performance at globalFEST in NYC, tri-cultural fiddle-wizards Violons Barbares, Cuban a cappella icons Vocal Sampling, engaging UK-based Ethiopian trio Krar Collective, and of course an array of excellent ensembles from peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak, plus lots more. Tickets and info at http://rwmf.net/.

Here are artists confirmed so far for Rainforest Festival 2016:

Pat Thomas (Ghana)
Téada (Ireland)
Shanren (China)
Stelios Petrakis Cretan Quartet (Greece)
Alena Murang (Sarawak)
Violons Barbares (Bulgaria / France / Mongolia)
Auli (Latvia)
Derek Gripper (S Africa)
Dya Singh (Malaysia)
Torgeir Vassvik (Norway)
Krar Collective (Ethiopia / UK)
Lan Du Viet (Vietnam)
Vocal Sampling (Cuba)
Unique Arts Academy (Malaysia)



This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Baaba Maal: Fulani Rock Options / The Traveller / Palm Pictures / * (0:00:00 )
(Currently touring in South Africa - no North America dates announced yet.)  

Sway Machinery: Longa Options / Purity and Danger / * (0:05:08 )
GIGs: Sat Feb 13 at Congregation Kol Israel, 603 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn at 8 pm; Sun Feb 14: Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn: Valentines Ball: Sway Machinery + Hearing Things + The Fraternal Order of the Society Blues: 9 pm.  

Noura Mint Seymali: El Mougelman Options / Tzenni / Glitterbeat (0:13:13 )
GIG: Feb 6 (Sat) Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn: TICKET GIVEAWAY on offer tonight! See instructions elsewhere on the page to get in the running for a pair of tickets to the show.  

Tamikrest: Tisnant an Chatma Options / Taksera / Glitterbeat / * (0:17:36 )  

Sainkho Namtchylak: Nomadic Mood Options / Like a Bird or Spirit, Not a Face / Ponderosa / * (0:22:59 )
Tinariwen members Eyadou Ag Leche on guitar and bass, Said Ag Ayad on percussion.  

Olga Podluzhnaya (Ольга Подлужная): The Lunar Shaman Options / Uutai / Plexus (0:27:50 )
From Yakutia, Sakha Republic, Siberia  

Trad Attack: Toru-uss (Pipe-snake) Options / AH / Nordic Notes (0:30:15 )  

Re Niliu: Mara Tundu Options / In a Cosmic Ear / Alfa Music/Felmay (0:32:46 )  

Mamak Khadem: Romance Options / The Road / Innova / * (0:44:50 )  

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express: Allah Elohim Options / Junun / Nonesuch / * (0:50:20 )  

P. Ramlee: Gelora Options / Lagu Dan Filem / EMI (0:55:26 )
From the film Seniman Bujang Lapok (The Three Worn Out Actor Bachelors), which he directed (and starred in). I believe he's singing with Saloma on this track.  

Driss el Maloumi Trio: Comme un Joie Options / Makan / Contrejour (0:59:50 )
Opened day 2 of the 2015 Rainforest festival, in the theatre.  

Dandarvaanchig Enkhjargal (Epi): Mongolian Khoomiy demonstration - at Rainforest Festival Press Conf.and on Stage Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (1:07:45 )
Photo of Epi at the Rainforest Festival by Madanmohan Rao c/o World Music Central.

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Various Artists: At My Fingertips Showcase Jam Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015, Bidayuh House, "At My Fingertips" Workshop (1:17:37 )
Featuring: Ewan Macpherson (from Shooglenifty), Mandolin; Nidhal Yahyaoui (from Bargou 08), Dotar; David Kavtaradze (from Alaverdi), Chonguri; Ang Eng Bok (from Culture Shot), Lang Ting Tang; Driss El Maloumi, Oud; Saloman Gau & Lawai Ngau (from Lan E Tuyang), Sape; Sona Jobarteh, Kora; Garry Finlayson (from Shooglenifty), Banjo  

Mah Meri : Rehearsal Audio from Damai Beach Resort / Festival Invocation / Main Stage Performance ("The Journey") Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (1:27:17 )
Mah Meri highlights music, dance and ritual from Bukit Merah, Carey Islands (peninsula Malaysia). It's not a fixed ensemble; rather over the course of four Rainforest Festival appearances, varous different performers from Mah Meri communities have performed at the festival.
Photo of 2015 Mah Meri performers (with ceremonial mask) at a Rainforest Festival pre-festival showcase at Plaza Merdeka, Kuching by Madanmohan Rao c/o World Music Central.

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Son de Madera: Main Stage Performance Excerpt Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (1:40:10 )  

Kenwy Yangqing Ensemble: Main Stage Performance Excerpt Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (1:51:02 )
Yangqing (often spelled Yangqin) is a Chinese hammered dulcimer with roots in Persia.  

Kobo Town: Interview w/ Drew Gonsalves at Mangrove Tree Planting Ceremony + Ensemble + Main Stage Performance Excerpt Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (Mr. Monday + one more song) (2:02:25 )  

Harubee: Interview w/ Jashim followed by Main Stage Performance Excerpt Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (2:14:57 )
The music and dance style is called Boduberu. The group was formed out of a call for artists / competition for young performers to carry on the old traditions.  

Culture Shot: Press conference intro followed by Main Stage Performance Excerpts Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (2:24:17 )

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Ukandanz: Press conference intro followed by Main Stage Performance Excerpts Options / Live from the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (2:43:27 )

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Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/30/16 6:04pm David in Cleveland:

Good evening Rob, everyone!
Very excited for tonight's show!
Avatar    Sat. 1/30/16 6:06pm Rob W:

Good evening David and everyone, thanks for listening!
  Sat. 1/30/16 6:07pm SeanG:

smokin track!
  Sat. 1/30/16 6:27pm Ike:

Great great sounds. Really digging it. Good music for standing in line at a museum.
  Sat. 1/30/16 6:30pm David in Cleveland:

Cool.. Tuvan throat singer collaborating with
members of Tinariwen
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/30/16 6:52pm Santos L. Halper:

Loving this mamak Khadem. Thanks for putting all this together DJ Rob
Avatar    Sat. 1/30/16 6:53pm Rob W:

Thanks SLH and everyone!
  Sat. 1/30/16 7:11pm David in Cleveland:

Ольга Подлужная <-- Olga Podluzhnaya (took a while to find lol)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCASX7Zr6-lm5ZUywcSxAdDQ
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/30/16 7:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...how sad - I could not remember the word 'kora' w/out websearch - but how great that Rob programs these sounds of the whole world for us...
Avatar    Sat. 1/30/16 7:23pm Rob W:

Thanks very much David!
  Sat. 1/30/16 7:41pm Mr. Ed:

This show always satisfies. Real gratitude for this program.
Avatar    Sat. 1/30/16 7:43pm Rob W:

Thanks Mr Ed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/30/16 8:39pm maestroso:

This is awesome, Rob, thanks for bringing it to us!
Avatar    Sat. 1/30/16 8:46pm Rob W:

Thanks very much maestroso and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/30/16 8:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for tonight's special, Rob. This is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 1/30/16 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
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