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Acts to watch at Rainforest World Music Festival 2016

Who to catch at the annual world music festival this August

The longest running music festival in the country, the iconic Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique experience. First off, the festival is set in a rainforest environment at the living museum that is the Sarawak Cultural Village, where you’ll find a well-preserved collection of the state’s indigenous longhouses. Second, the line-up of performers (there are 22 acts this year) has always been stellar and varied, featuring ethno-musicians from countries like Mongolia, Ireland, Ethiopia, Haiti and Cuba, alongside our own local artists.

Besides the nightly performances, don’t miss the interactive workshops during the day, where you get to engage with the musicians themselves – the best part is, these fun lessons often turn into impromptu jamming sessions. There will be several fringe events surrounding the festival this year, namely the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar and Borneo Tattoo Expo. If you’re there with the family, head to Pustaka Bookaroo, a workshop combining music, stories and crafts for children aged between seven and 12.

Here are some of the acts to check out at this year’s festival.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2016 happens from August 5-7 at Sarawak Cultural Village Pantai Damai, Santubong, Kuching. Pre-sale tickets available until August 4; one-day pass, adults, RM120, children aged seven to 12, RM60; three-day pass, adults, RM320, children aged seven to 12, RM140.

Acts to watch at Rainforest World Music Festival 2016

Broukar
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Broukar

Syria
This group of musicians plays traditional Arabic music. But what’s more interesting is that their repertoire is inspired by Sufi singing, and with this you can expect some whirling Dervish dance.

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Krar Collective
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Krar Collective

Ethiopia
It has been a standard at Rainforest World Music Festival to feature energetic dance music. The duty this year falls on Krar Collective, known for their ultra-repetitive dance grooves and hypnotic rhythms.

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Cimarrón
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Cimarrón

Colombia
The festive dance music that you can expect from Cimarrón is an amalgamation of Andalusian, indigenous Indian and African influences. There will be rousing rhythms created with the harp, bandola, cuatro, bass, ethnic percussions and high-pitched voices.

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Dol Arastra Bengkulu
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Dol Arastra Bengkulu

Indonesia
This community of music and dance artists was established in 1982. Their music draws influences from Tabot, a ritual ceremony from the Muslim community of Bengkulu in Sumatra. Look out for their massive drums which can go up to 80cm in height.

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Téada
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Téada

Ireland
This traditional Irish band is a regular at major music festivals around the world, including Africa, Mexico, Australia and the Middle East.

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