Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

By on June 8, 2010 in Music with 2 Comments


Each year, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) never ceases to amaze, tantalise, surprise while showcasing engaging talents from around the world. This year, in the 13th edition of RWMF there will be the Bisserov Sisters, a group performing from Bulgaria.

Gifted with fine voices and musical memories, they have performed around the world for more than 30 years.

Their music is inspired from aunts, grandmothers, folk dances, working-bees, wedding parties, spring feasts and harvest festivals and the revolutionary haidouk songs. These haidouk songs often are stories woven around the treasures of people and their cultures.

The songs sung by the sisters would be mostly from the Pirin region of Southern Bulgaria. The songs are usually accompanied by their typical local instruments such as the tarabuka, tambura, and tambourine. For their Malaysian appearance, they have included two master musicians on the gajda (bagpipe) and gadulka (violin).

This will result in a rich combination of sounds, expressing their wondrous melodies and unique performing styles.

It is this sound of Balkan music that has made the Bisserov Sisters famous worldwide, especially through their live performances in concerts, television as well as films around the world.

For those wishing to hear more of the Bisserov Sisters’ unique performance skills should head over to the RWMF held from 9 – 11 July 2010 at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Kuching, Sarawak (East Malaysia).

The RWMF will be set amidst lush rainforest greenery at the foothills of jungle clad Mount Santubong. It is a stone’s throw away from the beach resorts of the Santubong peninsula.

The SCV  provides the ideal venue for this festival that celebrates nature, traditional music and the indigenous cultures of the world.

There will also be afternoon themed interactive “workshops”, where artists of similar instruments or interests are pulled from the various groups to demonstrate their craft and to find a common music touch. The workshops are always full of fun and suprises, so make sure to go to at least one (or two!).

Other performers for the 13th RWMF are as follows: Braagas – (CZECH REPUBLIC), Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band – (USA), Debu – (INDONESIA), De Temps Antan – (Quebec, CANADA), Farafina – (BURKINO FASO), I Beddi – (Sicily, ITALY), Kimura – Ono Duo – (JAPAN), Layatharanga – (INDIA), Leila Negaru – (REUNION ISLAND), Minuit Guibolles – (FRANCE), Monster Ceilidh Band – (UK), Novalima – (PERU), ReelRoad – (Russia), Shanbehzadeh Ensemble – (IRAN), Yerboli – (CHINA), Galandum Galundaina – (PORTUGAL), Musafir Gypsies of Rajastan and of course the Bisserov Sisters – (BULGARIA). There will also be local bands from Sarawak performing. These are the  Bakih and Pingasan’k groups.

For those interested in the tickets for the RWMF should note that there are two types of pass (festival tickets); One-day pass – adult RM110 and child (aged 3 – 12 years old) RM55 and 3 days pass – adult RM300 and child (aged 3 – 12 years old) RM150. The 3 days pass will be limited and strictly not available on sale at the venue.

Tickets are available on sale at Eclipse Booking Hotline: +6 03-7729 3829 / +6 016-688 1119. Booking/enquiries also possible via email: rwmf@eclipsecomm.net or at Eclipse Events @ L5.10 Wisma BU8, 11 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tickets are also available at Visitors’ Information Centres in Kuching, Sibu and Miri, Sarawak since May.

For more information on the festival, check out : http://www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com

See you there!

P.S. When you’re at the RWMF, make sure to enjoy the great music! :)

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  1. A very good coverage of this topic. I been staying in Kuching for 3 yrs and it’s most unforgettable moment in my life. By the way, the cultural village just next to the Damai Beach resorts, so, you can plan for visiting the beach too if you are around there.

  2. Enews line says:

    Very nice, I like that pict

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