Monday, August 10, 2015

Call for Rainforest World Music Festival to feature more folksongs

KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) should promote more folksongs as a way to promote traditional music among youths.

For Malaysian-based band Culture Shot from Penang, their style of music represents everything about Penang, including its style, rhythm and language.

“All the songs that we do are based on memories of our hometown, street stuff that I picked up from my memories and turned them into songs,” said Culture Shot member Ang Eng Bok.

Another band whose music is also influenced by their traditions and cultures is Kapela Maliszow, a family band from Poland whose music is inspired by the traditional music of the Beskid Niski and Pogorze regions in southern Poland.

“Our band is a family band, and the music that we play is based on traditional Polish music as it is pretty much forgotten and we are trying to keep it alive and evolving,” said Kacper Malisz.

According to Malisz, the band hoped to transform Polish traditional music into something more modern to make it more appealing to the people, not only in Poland but abroad as well.

For Drew Gonsalves of the band Kobo Town, whose style of music is inspired by Calypso music, he found his love for his hometown music when he moved to Canada at an early age.