Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sarawak Tourism appoints Seligman as consultant of Borneo World Music Expo

KUCHING: Sarawak Tourism Board, the organiser of the first edition of the Borneo World Music Expo has announced the appointment of Gerald Seligman, the former general director of Womex (the largest World Music Expo) as consultant for the expo.

The inaugural expo will be held from June 24 to 26 at Pullman Hotel Kuching. With the renowned and high profile Seligman on board, Sarawak Tourism Board is promoting the exposition to position Sarawak as a destination for art, culture and music.

Seligman is Caravan Arts Consultancy president and professional musician with over 25 years of experience in both major and independent music and music event companies throughout the world. Until November 2009, Seligman was the general director of Womex. He founded and ran EMI Hemisphere, the company’s premier world music label, and was head of EMI’s international sector for strategic marketing and has produced or compiled over 100 releases, including one with a Grammy nomination.

“The Borneo World Music Expo is a new initiative in addition to the already successful Rainforest World Music Festival. This is a new international world music conference organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board to coincide with the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

The expo is specifically designed to expose Asian and ethnic musicians to the international market,” said Sarawak Tourism Board Corporate Affairs director Angelina Bateman in a press statement made available yesterday.

“Scheduled to be held a week before the Rainforest World Music Festival every year, the expo will integrate a trade fair, musical showcases, conferences, exhibitions and networking sessions which would promote the culture and music.