Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Melodies of culture from the Kelabits

Kan’id is the culmination of hard work and passion from a Kelabit youth outfit that showcases their culture and history.

TUTU’ Udan Nah Pera... the responsorial chant sung by Kan’id – a Kelabit youth outfit bent on preserving and promoting tradition passed down from their forefathers – is a lilting melody that will grab anybody’s attention. And especially if you’re at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2008 in Kuching, Sarawak.

These youth – dressed in traditional sepa’ ngarang (dance attire) – looked exuberant last Friday at the soft launch of their debut eponymous album, aptly slated right at the start of the festival.

It was a grand culmination of efforts for the youth – a dozen of them – who have honed their skills over many years and have rehearsed intensively for the last two months.

The album features 11 songs which present an overview of the Kelabit culture and history.

Inspired by the ancestral songs of the Kelabit and drawing upon the rich musical traditions of the Orang Ulu tribe along the Baram river, Kan’id hope to keep their history alive and pass it on to future generations.

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