Monday, May 22, 2006

Rainforest World Music Festival: Rhythm of the Rainforest

SARAWAK’S annual Rainforest World Music Festival has grown into a phenomenal crowd-puller with some of the best acts on the World Music circuit and a faithful audience that keeps coming back year after year since its inception in 1998.

With the next edition already on track for July 7 to 9 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong, near Kuching, here’s a chance to reminisce past editions of the festival.

Magick River and KLPac will be screening an exciting documentary about the Rainforest World Music Festival. Rhythm of the Rainforest captures the power and passion of this music festival and why it draws people back year after year.

This fast-moving, freewheeling documentary (produced and directed on a shoestring budget by well-known writer-musician and regular festival-goer Antares in association with the Sarawak Tourism Board) captures the life-affirming power and passionate pulse of the Rainforest Festival. Meet indigenous musicians from the remote interior of Borneo.

Chuckle at the exuberant antics of hardcore celebrants and savour a mouth-watering buffet of fabulous performances from every continent.

Whether you’re a Rainforest Festival virgin or veteran, you’ll relish this vibrant tribute to an unforgettable event. Featured acts from previous years of the festival in the DVD include Shooglenifty (Scotland), Petrona Martinez (Colombia), Djamel Laroussi (Algeria), Foghorn Stringband (USA), Faiz Ali Faiz (Pakistan), Fawzy Al-Aiedy (Iraq), Issa Bagayogo (Mali), Acquaragia Drom (Italy), Yelemba D’Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Silverio Pessoa (Brazil).

There will be two public screenings at 3pm and 8.30pm on Sunday (May 28) at Indicine, Kuala Performing Arts Centre, Sentul Park, Jalan Cochrane, off Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. Admission is RM10 with the option to buy the DVD for RM20. The DVD retails at RM29.99 (not including postage). Browse www.magickriver. net for details on how to buy it.

As for this July’s edition of the festival, head over to www.rain forestmusic-orneo.com, call 082-423 600 or e-mail stb@sarawak tourism.com for information and ticketing details.

Source: The Star

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