Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Smashing International Baram Regatta on the cards


MIRI: This year’s International Baram Regatta will be an explosion of culture, sape extravaganza from Borneo, paddling might and roaring speed boat races in the Baram River in Marudi.

A big crowd of about 500 students will perform to a medley of beautiful Sape music at the grand opening ceremony to be performed by Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Marudi Town Square on Aug 15.

There will also be three nights of cultural performance.

The Borneo Sape International side event would be a massive draw as experts of the indigenous stringed musical instrument can mesmerise audience with their melody accompanied by graceful dancers.

It would be an ‘eye-opening’ event as one musician from London and several from China will be having a go in the Sape music competition, giving the indigenous contestants from Sarawak, Indonesia, Brunei and Sabah a run for their money.

Dubbed ‘mother of Sarawak regattas’, Baram Regatta has a 109-year history as the landmark peacemaking ceremony initiated by the then Baram Resident Charles Hose in Marudi to bring the warring tribes and headhunters to sit down together and engage in war of brawn in paddling races instead of blood-letting.

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