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Saturday, September 26, 2015 Options
2015 Rainforest World Music Festival
at the splendiforous Sarawak Cultural Village,
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia-Borneo -
Day One

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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 opening day of the three-day gathering, with concert excerpts and sound bites from the festival. Later this radio season we'll revisit days two and three of the festival.

The next Rainforest World Music Festival will be August 5 to 7, 2016. Tickets and info at http://rwmf.net/.



Photos on this page are courtesy Sarawak Tourism Board - except
for this photo of the Sarawak Cultural Village taken by Rob W.


This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Saor Patrol: AD/BC Options / 15 / ARC Music / * (0:00:00 )
New anthology  

Fanfaraï: Goulou L'Rim Options / Tani / Tour'n'soul (0:05:03 )  

Lila Downs: La Burra Options / Balas y Chocolate / Sony / * (0:12:30 )
GIG: dynamic and charismatic Mexican-American singer at the Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St, Thursday night Oct 1 at 7 pm - we have a ticket giveaway open for this and other shows - follow the instructions near the top of this page to enter!  

Pat Thomas: Odo Adaada Options / Kwashibu Area Band / Strut / * (0:16:19 )  

Kumapim Royals Band: Sika Ye Pena Options / Sika Ye Pena / Brobisco (0:20:21 )  

Iemanjo: O Mama E Options / Medecina / Black Swan Sounds / * (0:23:46 )  

S.E. Rogie: My Lovely Elizabeth Options (0:30:33 )  

Arthur S. Alberts, sound recordist: People Go Mind Your Own Business Options / Various Artists: Songs of the African Coast: Cafe Music of Liberia / Yarngo / * (0:35:14 )  

John Renbourn: Portland Town Options / The Attic Tapes / Riverboat / * (0:33:22 )
New anthology  

Bang On A Can All-Stars (Julia Wolfe composition) and Trio Mediæval: Characteristics Options / Steel Hammer / Canteloupe (0:36:37 )
From the label page: "Julia Wolfe based her text for Steel Hammer (called a “wild hybrid” by the New York Times) on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad..." http://bangonacan.org/store/music/steel_hammer  

Balvina Ramos and Gaby Kerpel: La Arena Options / Tira Torito / Folklore (0:42:14 )
From Argentina (sending this one out to his Holiness)  

A Tribe Called Red: Suplex (featuring Northern Voice) Options / Suplex Single / Radicalized / * (0:46:56 )  

Bomba Estéreo: Voy Options / Amanecer / Sony / * (0:51:15 )  

Owiny Sigoma Band: Luo Land Options / Nyanza / Brownswood Recordings / * (0:53:12 )  

Kapela Maliszów: Wedding Song Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (1:08:36 )  

Alaverdi: Song celebrating victory over Turks Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (1:18:38 )  

Performers of the Sarawak Cultural Village: Miring Ceremony for opening of the Rainforest Festival Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (1:27:26 )
MC: Hendrick Foh

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Sangpuy: Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Options (1:44:37 )  

Kobagi: Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Options (1:49:21 )

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Epi; members of Ndima and Alaverdi and Ndima's road manager (who represents Alpine yodeling - he's from Switzerland): Vocal Artists Showcase - "Calling Out" Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (2:04:04 )
Epi demos Mongolian overtone singing and then we hear three types of yodeling  

LeBlanc Brothers Band: Flammes de l'enfer Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (2:16:12 )  

Bargou 08: Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Options (2:26:36 )  

Shooglenifty: Medley of Jigs Options / Live at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak (2:34:41 )

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Karolina Cicha & Spotka featuring Bart Pałyga: Za rieczkaju [Belarussian] Options / Wieloma Jezykami (2:44:25 )
GIG: Monday night @ Drom - we have a ticket giveaway going - scroll up for instructions on how to enter!  

Maarja Nuut: Mila Polka Options / Maarja Nuut (2:49:01 )
GIG: Wed night @ CUNY Elebash, 365 5th Ave. - we have a ticket giveaway going - scroll up for instructions on how to enter!  

Ross Daly: Sygathistos Options / The Other Side (2:53:28 )  



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Listener comments!

Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 6:11pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob! I'm settling down for another three hours of awesome listening.. ;)
  Sat. 9/26/15 6:26pm Yoda:

This I like.
  Sat. 9/26/15 7:02pm Linda Lee:

fantastic sounds Rob! just amazing.
  Sat. 9/26/15 7:06pm Linda Lee:

actually preparing a lovely herbal drink from borneo right now.. so i'm all set!
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 7:10pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda, enjoy your herbal brew!
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 7:22pm slugluv1313:

WOW! amazing!!!! thank you Rob!!
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 7:28pm Rob W:

Thanks Slugluv!
Avatar Sat. 9/26/15 7:39pm ! I X Key !:

!
  Sat. 9/26/15 7:43pm Linda Lee:

what a wonderful invocation for the start of the festival! commercially friendly, sure.. but the spirit is strong!
  Sat. 9/26/15 7:51pm Linda Lee:

how great that you could be present! i can't begin to imagine .. !
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 7:57pm slugluv1313:

what Linda Lee says!!!!
  Sat. 9/26/15 8:23pm Linda Lee:

easy to forget, in the west , that music is *primarily* communication .. *primarily* a language .. & not primarily a means of self-expression (artist vs. audience ) .. not at all!
  Sat. 9/26/15 8:33pm Linda Lee:

tunisian band is outstanding !!! i'm just lovin all of this. the whole scene seems heavenly! must find images online ..
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 8:39pm Rob W:

Thanks Linda - apologies I haven't posted more images but you can find lots here: rwmf.net...
  Sat. 9/26/15 8:40pm Linda Lee:

excellent! thanks!
  Sat. 9/26/15 8:41pm Linda Lee:

do you think you'll attend again?
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 8:49pm Rob W:

I do want to go back though I don't know if I'll go next year - we'll see! The dates are Aug 5 to 7 according to the website.
  Sat. 9/26/15 8:53pm Linda Lee:

i'm sure the trip takes some planning!
Avatar    Sat. 9/26/15 8:59pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob! Great festival recordings!
  Sat. 9/26/15 9:01pm Linda Lee:

yes! thank you! looking forward to next time.
  Sat. 9/26/15 9:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thx As Ever Rob
- & wonderful guest musicians !
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