Backstage with... Saharadja

Updated: 29 Mar 2013

It's not just music that Saharadja makes but also genuine food for the soul. A few days leading up to the Penang World Music Festival (PWMF 2013), Cheng Sim catches up with band leader and vocalist, Rio Sidik on today's world music scene.

How did the name, Saharadja come about?
Saharadja means the king of the desert and also, it means endless sound.

There are eight of you in the group. Do all of you make decisions in a democratic way?
Yes, we do because every musician in Saharadja has a different music background. That's what makes it more beautiful, all the differences makes us more eclectic.

If you can switch places with any of your group members, who would it be?
I don't think I want to switch places with any Saharadja's members.

Your track, 'Toss the Feather' received numerous plays online. How did the inspiration for the song come about?
It came from our differences. That's how we talk through our music, from our hearts. Respect to that.

Saharadja performing 'Toss the Feathers'.

What are your thoughts on the support on world music today?
More music please! More artist and more diversity of music and cultures.

If Saharadja could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Any artist with a big heart. We will collaborate with a Malaysian artist for PWMF 2013.

Do you guys have a pre-gig ritual?
Yes, of course! We love to get together before the gig to get our energies.

What can we expect from Saharadja in the PWMF 2013?
Good music.

Saharadja will perform in Penang World Music Festival 2013. For more info, see listing.

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