Saturday, September 08, 2007

Sabah International Folklore Festival: East-West redezous at Sabah fest

By Julia Chan

KOTA KINABALU - It was like a whirlwind around the world in a few hours for those who watched the 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival grand show here on Wednesday night.

The 1,000-strong crowd was captivated by the showcase of 12 amazing cultures from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Khazakstan, Poland and India.

The festival's theme was "East-West Rendezvous".

The Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah graced the grand show, which was held at Menara Tun Mustapha.

The Khazakstan all-girl group, Onaltikis, kicked off the evening with a lively beat followed by Thailand's Narisuwan University students whose performance was infused with electronic folk music.

The haunting chants' duet from Yunnan, China, accompanied by the Chinese lute set a mellow background before the thumping beats and stomps from the Saudi Arabian troupe.

The Latvians danced their merry, optimistic tune, while the Bruneians did their Zapin dance and showcased a traditional Malay wedding, complete with a silat performance.

The Singapore group performed the traditional Keroncong, while students from Kortowow University in Poland gave a youthful performance accompanied by two violinists and a choir.

The bhangra, performed by the Indian troupe, got the crowd to shoulder-shake. This was then followed by the graceful Japanese dancers.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Weekend

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