Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Borneo Broadcaster's Interview with Vicki Treadell British High Commissioner to Malaysia Part 2

As promised, part 2 of my interview with Her Excellency Vicki Treadell is up on soundcloud.

You can listen to the interview by clicking on:


Thank you for dropping by for The Borneo Broadcast.  I hope you enjoyed the 2 part interview I had with Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner To Malaysia on The Borneo Broadcast.

Thank you.

The Borneo Broadcaster talks to The British High Commissioner To Malaysia.

Thanks for dropping by for another edition of The Borneo Broadcast.  Wow, It's been a busy few days for me, I was involved in an event the other day, an International Conference on City With A Soul and before that I had an opportunity to interview The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell. 

Her Excellency the High Commissioner Vicki Treadell and her team were in Sarawak for 5-days of engagements on politics, business, education and environment with key figures and opinion leaders in the state's capital, Kuching. Despite her busy schedule she was able to give me a few minutes of her time for a quick chat.

We covered a wide range of topics from food, education, business to the strong ties that exists between Malaysia and the UK.  You can listen to our conversation right here:


This is the first part of our conversation, the second part will be uploaded very soon, so be sure to catch it on The Borneo Broadcast.  Thanks again for dropping by for The Borneo Broadcast.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Memories of the 18th Rainforest World Music Festival

Wow, the Rainforest World Music Festival is 18 years old this year.  This festival really started from very humble beginnings.  The RWMF started with one stage, can you imagine that just one stage.  At the time the number of people who attended the festival was around maybe 300 plus.  I was told that most of the audience were the crew.  Today the festival has grown by leaps and bounds.  From one stage, there are now three stages namely Jungle Stage, Tree Stage and the new addition Theater Stage.  Theater Stage was added just last year.  From 300 festival goers, the number has increased significantly, how many you might ask?  Well, I was told that on Saturday night, the tickets were sold out!  That's a huge difference.

I was fortunate to be a part of this festival again this year.  I feel a certain pride when I say that, mainly because this is an International Event that's held here in my home town.  Each year the RWMF brings together different musicians and bands from all over the world for a three day festival.  Over the three days, we all get a chance to listen, enjoy and experience the music and culture of each band.  As they take to the different stages, they share with us their music, some passed down from their ancestors, some they fused with modern compositions and many with the hope that their music will continued to be enjoyed for years to come.  This is something I've mentioned many many times leading up to this festival, about how unique this festival truly is.

I usually try and take as many shots as possible during the festival but this year the festival was a little busier than usual for me.  I did take a few shots here and there but I think the majority of the shots came from Theater Stage.

However, I did have a few minutes to take in the beautiful view that greeted me every morning before the day got underway and I have said it before, it's not a bad way to start your day.
This is the view that greeted me each and every morning.  I loved it.  Truly lovely.  Like I mentioned, it's not a bad way to start your day.
Yeah one could get really comfortable with all this but I had work to do, after a quick breakfast, I was off to meet the bands and interview them.  I had a few short hours to talk to the bands and then get ready to go to Theater Stage.  Theater Stage was first introduced last year to give festival goers a concert hall performance, a more intimate experience, different from the Jungle and Tree Stages.  Theater Stage would be the stage for you if you wanted to really soak in an afternoon of music in a more intimate atmosphere, hence the concert hall setting.

The first band to perform at Theater Stage this year was a family band led by by multi-instrumentalist Jan Mailsz. The band is inspired by the traditional music of Beskid Niski and Pogorze, in South Poland.  For their performance Jan was joined by his children Casper who is 16 years old and Zuzanna who is 12 years old.  Together they are Kapela Maliszow.
Now you may be wondering, why am I using a pic from the RWMF website?  Well, this is what happens when you become enthralled with a performance, yep you forget to take pictures.  For the entire performance I was a festival goer and I sat down with the audience that Friday afternoon to enjoy the music from this very talented family and to see such young musicians on stage performing traditional  music from their homeland was quite an experience.  
The second band to perform on Theater Stage that Friday afternoon was from Georgia. This band was founded in December, 2014. Consisting of four members, the ensemble is specialized in authentic Georgian traditional folk music. They are also members of ethno jazz band Iriao, and independently they work as conductors and leaders in different male folk choirs.

The ensemble repertoire includes traditional musical masterpieces and church chants from different regions of Georgia, starting from the very east to the west, and differs significantly according to its complication. Besides, the ensemble performs on the most traditional folk instruments including string, wind and percussion instruments.

To listen to Alaverdi was just mesmerizing.  For their performance all four members were impeccably dressed in what I would guess is their traditional Georgian wear.  They looked regal and their performance was just absolutely mesmerizing.  Before they went on stage, I mentioned that Georgian Polyphonic Singing was one of the items included in a Capsule launched into space a few years ago.  If there are other lifeforms out there, one of the many things they will experience first will be Georgian Polyphonic Singing from Alaverdi.
That afternoon, apart from the workshops taking place throughout the various houses ie: The Iban Long House, The Malay house and so on, the Theater Stage was packed almost to capacity.  You could tell that the people who came to Theater Stage really enjoyed the performances from Alaverdi and Kapela Maliszow.  When you're sitting in a crowd, immersed in beautiful music and you forget to take pictures, then you know you're listening to something..special.  Each performance ended with the crowd showing their appreciation with a thunderous applause and shouts of Bravo! Bravo!  It was a unique afternoon on the first day of the 18th Rainforest World Music Festival.  

It was a really surreal experience for me to be sitting in a concert hall setting in the rainforest listening to such beautiful world music and that was just the start of Day 1.  The evening performances would start later that Friday at 7.30pm on the Jungle and Tree Stages.  

The performances on Day 1 started with the traditional Miring Ceremony from the Iban Community of Sarawak.  The ceremony is a traditional blessing ceremony followed by a performance from the Sarawak Cultural Village.  It was a great start to the evening, just wish I had taken more pictures of the whole thing but I was a little busy.

The evening performances, the workshops, all the side events were all highlights of this truly unique festival but when I walked out of the Theater Stage that afternoon, I felt they did the right thing, which is adding another highlight to this festival.  I was looking forward to the performance at 7.30 the next evening but also the Theater Stage the next day.

Many thanks to the Sarawak Tourism Board for the use of some of the pics featured here on the Borneo Broadcast.  for more on what took place this year for the RWMF, go to rwmf.net

Sunday, 16 August 2015

A Sarawak Original

It is good to be back.  I've been away from the Borneo Broadcast. Again. But I have a good reason, I had a great experience being at the 18th Rainforest World Music Festival.  This festival is just an experience that is just describable.  You have to be there in order to know what I felt in the seven days I was there.

The festival was held at the Sarawak Cultural Village from the 7th to the 9th of August.  I was there earlier because I was hosting the performances for the festival.  It was a great experience enjoying music from around the world and this year the bands were just outstanding, I'm going to share my experience with you in my next post but for this post, I wanted to share something with you, something I call A Sarawak Original.

A few days leading up to the festival, I met up with an old friend of mine named Ricky Sia.  It had been a while since we last met but it's always a pleasure seeing old friends again.  When we met, he was wearing a really unique T Shirt.  I thought that it was different and it really had a local Sarawak design and motif.  A real Sarawak Original.  It had slipped my mind that earlier this year Ricky had told me that he was printing and selling these T Shirts.

It occurred to me that since I was going to be at the RWMF this year that having these T Shirts would be cool.  If nothing else, it would be a great way to promoting Sarawak and Borneo to people at the Festival.  So we arranged to meet up and I bought 2 from Ricky.  Ricky also threw up a few other T Shirts as well.  (Thanks Ricky)  Through out the entire Festival, I wore these T Shirts with pride, being someone from Sarawak, from Borneo.  Here's a look at the various designs Ricky has.

There you have it, the T Shirts from Amazing Borneo.  If you're wondering, yeah they also come in white and grey as well.

While I like the black T Shirts, I think the white ones are cool as well.  I guess what I really like about T Shirts like these is the simplicity of the design and also how original they are.  The fact that Ricky thought of using the famous Empurau, the orangutan and also other motifs that are uniquely Sarawakian makes these T Shirts a must have for me.  I'm glad I bought these T Shirts, they're another unique way of introducing Borneo to the world.

 I like this one, a friend of mine on the RWMF Production Team noticed this shirt and said: "Really Cool Design.  I like it."  Often times, you get a lot of generic shirts being made out there but these are definitely not generic.  They're comfortable and they look really nice.
I wore this one to the RWMF preview show that was held on August the 5th.  I really like how it looks and the fact that the word BORNEO is boldly written on the T Shirt made it really stand out.  Again a nice design which attracts attention and it is indeed a Sarawak Original.  I'm particularly happy and proud of Ricky for designing and producing these T Shirts.  

If you'd like to know more about Amazing Borneo and their beautiful T Shirts, then just visit their facebook page, just look for Amazing Borneo, you won't miss it because you'll see all their T Shirts on display.  They also have posters for sale and remember all their T Shirts are all handcrafted.  
That's Ricky right there hard at work with another T Shirt design featuring the Orangutans of Borneo.  Go visit their facebook page and you'll be able to keep track of what Ricky is doing with his T Shirts and what other Unique Sarawak/Borneo Originals he's got coming up.  Thanks Rick for these great T Shirts, I love them.

Now that the RWMF is over, will I stop wearing these T Shirts?  No way, they're too cool not to wear.  See you again next time for another Borneo Broadcast.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Music of Africa at the Rainforest World Music Festival RWMF 2015.

We're getting closer and closer to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo.  The dates are August 7th to the 9th 2015 at the Sarawak Cultural Village!

The Rainforest World Music Festival has always been a favourite of festival and music lovers for bringing the enchanting music from Africa that has all these years mesmerize thousands of weekend revelers.

This year, the festival will parade the uniqueness of the group calling themselves Ndima which represents the people of the Aka Pygmies from Congo Brazzaville.

Ndima, representing the native African tribe, will present their traditional African music allowing audience to have an insight into their unique endangered culture. This nomadic tribe which lives in the forests of Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the big Lakes, particularly in Baka, Bambuti, Batwa, Babongo, Efé and other regions, can be easily recognised by their physical stature.

Their language is called the Aka language and their life is consistently altered due to the increasing influence of the modernization within their natural habitat in the forest which are being continuously destroyed by farmers and foresters.

As the life of the Aka people centered on the natural surroundings, the tribe takes great care of their environment for their daily source for food and medicinal purposes.
Apart from their surrounding influences, music plays an important role in the life of the Aka Pygmies with song dedicated to the spirits of the forest and events associated with their surroundings. The characteristics of Aka Pygmy music are complex and the interspersed with the “jodel”, which is describes as the change between the “voice of head and of the breast”.

The varied rhythmic formulae supported by traditional Pygmy dances is also an evidence of their rich culture of the endangered tribe.  

Joining Ndima taking the stage is Sona Jobarteh from Gambia bringing with her traditional “Kora” virtuoso.  Sona is considered to be a modern pioneer rebelling against the male-dominated hereditary tradition between father and son playing an instrument which is exclusively designated to men.  The “Kora” is a 21-stringed African harp which is one of the main musical instruments of the Manding peoples of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.

It can only be played by male members of West Africa family, thus making Sona an exception for being the first woman in her family to break the ancestral line of playing the sacred musical instrument.  

The music style of Sona Jobarteh differs from other West African music genres due to her innovative stance singing about social issues, cultural identity, gender, love and respect that roots herself in her traditional cultural heritage of her people.
Sona’s ability to captivate audiences around the world with her expressive voice, catchy melodies and strong rhythms that allows her to represent her African culture and tradition.

The artist developed her singing ability when she featured her vocals in the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” which was released in 2014.

On top of that Sona is the composer of the film score to the Multi-Award winning documentary film “The Motherland”, and released her latest album “Fasiya” in 2011.

To join the festival, you can now book your entrance tickets online and for more information on the festival, please log on to its website at http://rwmf.net/.

Event-presale Tickets are priced at RM 110.00 for single adult  and child is priced at RM 50.00 while the three-day entrance is priced at RM 300.00 for adult and RM 130.00 for a child.

Family package of two adults and two children entrance is also on sale at RM 220.00.

See you at the RWMF 2015!!

The Rainforest World Music Festival: Caribean Calypso at the RWMF 2015

The RWMF 2015 is coming soon, this award winning festival takes place from the 7th to the 9th of August 2015.  If you're looking for a difference in this years’ Rainforest World Music Festival, then you're in for a treat as you will be able to dance to the tune of the Caribbean Calypso music which will be staged at the Rainforest World Music Festival on August 7-9 at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Kobo Town from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will be featuring the Calypso music, a trademark of a cheerful and relaxing musical composition on the laid back Caribbean setting.

Drew Gonsalves, the founder of the group Kobo Town, traces its origin from the easy-going historic neighbourhood city in Port-of-Spain thought to be the origin of Calypso music.

The artist grew up in Diego Martin where he was surrounded by Calypso music from an early age and he moved to Canada but returning back at the age of 18 when he started writing his own songs.

The band’s debut album ‘Independence’ was released in 2007 and was nominated for several awards including the Indie Award. Drew describes the band’s music style as a mixture between the traditional Calypso, big bands’ style and jazz music, expressing musical theme of present events in its lyrics.

Their new album ‘Jumbie in the Jukebox’ contribute to the musical heritage of the Carribean that tries to give the people of the present generation a voice to speak up and express themselves in this special  music. Gonslaves in describing his music style said, “We made a conscious effort, but one that was quite natural in its own way, to make the music different, a bit more intense”  Admitting that the  album is a  small, heartfelt tribute to the spirits – both remembered and forgotten – who have gone before us, the  songs and sounds, he said had never lost their power to enchant.

To join the festival, entrance tickets are now available on sale at ticketing@gogorilla.com.sg and for more information on the festival, please log on to its website at http://rwmf.net/.

Event-presale-tickets are priced at RM 110.00 for single adult  and child is priced at RM 50.00 while the three-day entrance is priced at RM 300.00 for adult and RM 130.00 for a child. Family package for two adults and two children entrance is also on sale at RM 220.00.

I hope to see you at the RWMF 2015. 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Borneo Broadcaster talks to Yeoh Jun Lin, Artistic Director of the RWMF.

The Rainforest World Music Festival is coming and soon, it's happening on August the 7th to the 9th at The Sarawak Cultural Village and this year just like years past, looks to be another great festival.  Apart from the Workshops, the afternoon Theater Stage performances and the evening concerts, I found out that there will be more surprises in store for us when I spoke to Yeoh Jun Lin, Artistic Director of the Rainforest World Music Festival.  

You can listen to our conversation by clicking on this link: https://soundcloud.com/the-borneo-broadcast/rainforest-world-music-festival-2015

Have a listen and find out what's in store for you in this year's Rainforest World Music Festival, remember the dates August 7th to the 9th at the Sarawak Cultural Village.  Thanks for dropping by for another Borneo Broadcast, until next time, take care!

The formation of Marah Sarawak.

Hi, this edition of the Borneo Broadcast brings you an interview regarding the formation of Marah Sarawak, if you're wondering what exactly is Marah Sarawak, well, wonder no more, I had the importunity to talk to the Founder of Marah, Dave Avran.
 To listen to that conversation, just go to: https://soundcloud.com/the-borneo-broadcast/marah-sarawak

Thanks for dropping by, thanks for taking the time to listen to this broadcast.  See you again next time.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Get a Free T Shirt when you get your tickets for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015.

Yep, that's right when you purchase your ticket for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015, you will get a free T Shirt.  The organisers of the festival, The Sarawak Tourism Board is offering a Free T Shirt when you purchase Two entrance tickets for adults and children for the RWMF 2015.  Now you may be asking where can I get these tickets?  Well the RWMF tickets will be available this weekend at a number of shopping malls in Kuching.

There will be booths selling the RWMF tickets at The Spring, Boulevard Kuching, City One Megamall, the Green Heights Mall and Plaza Merdeka.  These booths will open at 10.00 am on Saturday and Sunday (July 25th and 26th 2015).  The current promotion rate for single entry tickets is RM 110.00 for adults and RM 50.00 for children ( aged 7 to 12 years).

Also available are the three day entrance tickets priced at RM 300.00 for adults and RM 130.00 for children.  There is also a Family Package for Two Adults and Two children day pass available for RM 220.00.

Here's a look at the T Shirts you will get when you purchase two tickets for the RWMF 2015.

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 will take place at the Sarawak Cultural Village from the 7th to the 9th of August 2015.  This year the festival will feature local and international bands as they take to the stage to entertain you. 

For further details, go to www.rwmf.net/

Don't miss this award winning festival coming your way 7th to the 9th of August 2015, I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015: Sangpuy to trace his Dayak Heritage Similarities at the RWMF 2015

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 is just around the corner.  Will you be there?  This year as in past years, festival goers will be in for a treat as the world will be in Borneo for this annual festival.  Among them, we have a performer from Taiwan. 

Believed to be descendants of the Austronesian Tribes from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and the Pacific Islands, this Taiwanese Aborigine will be at the RWMF to showcase his musical presentation reflecting one of the oldest surviving cultures that includes the practice of headhunting, a passion for tattoos, animism and reverence for the natural world. 

His name is Sangpuy and he will be here to share his many musical similarities with the Dayaks of Borneo.
Sangpuy is bringing back the traditional music of the aborigines of his country, his music creates a quiet spiritual atmosphere evoking the blessings of ancestors and the origins of life.  Sangpuy also sings in praise of  ancient ceremonies from a time when the gods of the natural world were respected. From an early age Sangpuy felt an attraction to the music of the tribe.

Also known as Sangpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw, he describes himself as an old soul in a young body who presents the ancient music of the Pinuyumayan tribe.  He was born and raised in the Pinuyumayan community of Katatipul in Taitung.    His voice is truly mesmerizing, his unique chant combined with the traditional instruments of the Pinuyumayan tribe, Sangpuy stages a transcendent experience transporting his audience to a place where the indigenous people sees the wind as a friend where they live side by side with nature and it's spirits. 

Sangpuy sees his music as a medium to promote and preserve the culture of his tribe and has performed in music festivals and events in may different parts of the world.  That includes performing at the "Riddu Riddu" music festival in Norway. 

Apart from performing, Sangpuy also makes traditional instruments such as the nose flute and the mouth harp, a typical instrument used by Taiwan's indigenous people.  These instruments make a sound that is unique to Taiwan. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience and enjoy the music of Sangpuy from Taiwan.  Remember the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 happens for three days at the Sarawak Cultural Village from the 7th to the 9th of August 2015 right here in Borneo.  For details on the performers, tickets, transportation and anything else, just go to www.rwmf.net/

So are you going to be there on the 7th to the 9th of August?  I hope to see you there, thanks for dropping by for The Borneo Broadcast.  Until next time, take care.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Hi, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Dan Batin from yours truly The Borneo Broadcaster!
Selamat Hari Raya to all.  Have a safe celebration.  Take Care.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Something New at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

Each year the organizers of this festival will have something for everyone and this year is no different, the organizers will have something New at RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

Here's my question for you: Will you be bringing your children to the Rainforest World Music Festival on 7-9th August 2015? If you are, go and check out the new workshops for children between the ages of 7-12 at the Malay House.

These workshops which will run concurrently with the other workshops in Iban Longhouse, Lagenda and Bidayuh Longhouse will, however, be held only on SATURDAY (8th August) and SUNDAY (9th August).

There will be story-telling, paper-craft, simple instrument-making etc. Space in the workshops are limited so make sure you bring the children to the Malay House early.
So looking at the pictures above, it'll be something like that but for more children and I think it'll be fun for the children at the RWMF.  The workshops, which will be from 2.00-2.45pm, 3.00-3.45pm and 4.00-4.45pm, are brought to the Rainforest World Music Festival by Pustaka Bookaroo.

Thank you Sarawak Tourism Board for the pictures.  Remember the site to go to for more information on the RWMF is rwmf.net/ 

Remember the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 takes place from the 7th to the 9th of August, I hope to see you at the festival! Until next time, take care!

To drive or not to drive to the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015.

To drive or not to drive, each year when the RWMF rolls around, that's the question that everyone thinks about.  The thing is where are you going to park when you get there?  There are just so many things to think about when you drive to Santubong.

Well, if you can't make up your mind, here's something that might help you out. The RWMF 2015 public shuttles, this is for those of you going to the Rainforest World Music Festival on the 7th -9th of August at the Sarawak Cultural Village, here's the public shuttle schedule:
Okay there you go, if you need more info on the festival, bus shuttles and the performers, just go to rwmf.net/ 

See you at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015, 7th to the 9th of August at the Sarawak Cultural Village.  See you there!!

More on the RWMF, The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 will take place on the 7th to the 9th of August 2015.  Once again the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.  Last year the RWMF introduced a third stage to the festival, the Theatre Stage.  The performances in the afternoons are more intimate.  For the festival this year, a number of great performers will be at the Theatre Stage.

One performer making an appearance on the Theatre Stage of the RWMF on Sunday (9th August) at 2.15pm is SONA JOBARTEH from Gambia / UK.

Sona Jobarteh does the unheard of – a woman playing on the majestic kora that is only supposed to be played by men from a griot family.

Here's two video of Sona Jobarteh on youtube.com



In 2013, she was featured as a solo vocalist in the movie “Mandela – The Long Walk to Freedom”.
The languid texture of her voice, the meditative gentleness of her songs, the percussive yet melodic plucking of the African harp, the persuasive groove of her rhythm section – a heady mix, indeed.

For more information on the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015, go to rwmf.net/

I'm going to be at the RWMF this year, what about you? I invite you to be at the festival which will be held 7th - 9th of August at Sarawak Cultural Village,Sarawak, Borneo.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Tell A Story Tour in Sarawak.

Recently I had a chance to meet a group of Story Tellers who were in Sarawak as part of a Tell A Story Tour.  The Tell A Story Tour brought together a group of story tellers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.  Just before they left Sarawak, I had a chance to have a chat with them.

The Tell A Story Tour was organized by the Pustaka Bookaroo and The Picture Book Fan Club of Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor.  I had a chance to tall to these talented story tellers and the entire conversation can be found on this link: https://soundcloud.com/the-borneo-broadcast/tell-a-story-tour-in-sarawakhttps://soundcloud.com/the-borneo-broadcast/tell-a-story-tour-in-sarawak

It was an interesting chat finding out about the different storytelling cultures from Thailand and Indonesia as well as finding out how the Tell A Story Tour started.  I hope you'll enjoy the interview.  Many thanks goes out to Jo Williams of Pustaka Bookaroo for arranging this interview for the Borneo Broadcast.

The Borneo Broadcast will be back with more just for you next time, until then you take care. 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Cashless Payment at the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival

Here's another update about the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival taking place this August the 7th to the 9th at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Sarawak, Borneo.  I personally am looking forward to this yearly event.  Yes, this year the event happens in August, are you ready for this year's Festival? 

Welcome to another Borneo Broadcast.  This year's festival will embark on a cashless payment system where you can make purchases using a "Top Up Card" when you go for your meals and when you visit the Village Mart.  Almost all the Vendors will take part in the cashless payment system.  What happens is you will be tagged with a Radio Frequency Identification Device or RFID wrist band.  The wrist bands are available at the registration counters just before you enter the festival grounds, thus allowing you the festival goer to get your meals and souvenirs without cash. 

Now all you need to do is to "pre purchase" or reload an e-coupon which will then be loaded into your RIFD wrists bands.  Then you can go and make your purchases at the venue.  Where can you get the "Top Ups", well I've been told that Top Up Stations will be available at the Festival grounds, you can buy and reload your e-coupons.  You can get the reloads with cash or using your credit or debit cards only.  Here's something to remember, the purchased value is non refundable if the amount is unused after the RWMF.
Here's a look at the Radio Frequency Identification Device or RFID wrist band. 

Apart from the workshops, the performances in the afternoons and the stage shows, there's also the Village Mart to check out when you're at the festival. They've got some unique items on sale and let's not forget the food as well, everything from Western to Local Cuisine for you to choose.  They're open from 10.00 am to midnight from the 7th to the 9th of August.

Hey have you purchased your tickets yet?  If you have not, then go to www.rwmf.net 

Event Presale tickets are priced at RM 110.00 for Adults, for children it's RM 50.00, the Three Day pass is RM 300.00 for Adults and for Children, the price is RM 130.00.

Drop by again when you can for more updates on the Rainforest World Music Festival, I am the Borneo Broadcaster, saying see you again soon and as always Take Care!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Now I bet you're wondering why someone from Borneo would be saying: Happy 4th of July.  Well there's a good reason for that.  Last year I was given a once in a lifetime opportunity  to go to the United States Of America.  I spent a total of three weeks in the States.  It was for a program called The International Visitor Leadership Program.  I was given a chance to visit the USA and also learn and experience the culture, the sights and everything about the United States Of America.  

It was an experience I will not forget.  To this day I still think back to October 2014 when I embarked on my trip to the USA.  I still think about the first time I set foot on American Soil, my first stop was Washington DC.  I never imagined I would ever be able to visit Washington DC.  It was here that I met up with some great friends from Malaysia,China, Indonesia, Australia and friends from America. 

Over the course of the next three weeks, I would travel from Washington DC to Phoenix, Arizona to Pensacola, Florida and then my final stop was the Big Apple, New York, New York.

Each stop in each destination was a great experience for me and my friends.  We got a chance to meet so many interesting people.  We had a chance to have a meal in the home of a family in Phoenix, Arizona.  We went "Trick or Treating" on Halloween.  We also went to the Grand Canyon.

I had always seen pictures of the Grand Canyon, seen it in Documentaries and Movies but again I would have never ever dreamed of actually standing here having my photo taken at the Grand Canyon.
Wherever we went, we enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of everyone we met.  For me personally the three weeks I spent in the US was invaluable.  The experiences I had was invaluable.  The places, people, the food, the weather, the sights and sounds of each city was unforgettable. 
These are just 5 shots out of maybe a few hundred shots I took, I still feel I didn't take enough pictures while I was there.  Looking back now, I feel so lucky, humbled and privileged to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the United States Of America.  One day soon, I'll tell you more about this wonderful trip I had to the states but today I wanted to take opportunity to wish all my friends in the US, to all the families and friends who welcomed us into their homes and hearts A Happy 4th Of July!  Happy Birthday America.  To the wonderful people who literally did the impossible to get me to the US, I thank you for a great experience, I don't know if I'll ever have another chance like this again but this trip was truly special and unforgettable.

So from the bottom of my heart, The Ol' Borneo Broadcaster once again wishing all my friends in the United States Of America: Happy 4th of July!!!  You take care!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

RWMF 2015: A mixture of Traditional and Contemporary Sarawak Sounds at RWMF 2015

When the month August comes around, the Sarawak Cultural Village will once again be a hive of music and activity as the Rainforest World Music Festival will bring together performers from around the world for a three day magical event.  Also performing for this year's festival will be three bands from the Land Of The Hornbills.  So for this edition of The Borneo Broadcast, I'm going to introduce the three bands from Sarawak who will be performing for you starting the 7th to the 9th of August. 

First we have Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble:
(Kenwy Yang-Qin Ensemble)

Led by Ken Wy who is a master  of the yanggin, a traditional Chinese instrument which originally came from Persia. To carry on with his passion on the uniqueness of the yanggin, he established a Music and Arts Academy in Kuching which allows others to gain an insight into the extreme expressive range and the bright tones of the yanggin, which is also called the hammered dulcimer of China.
At this year’s RWMF, Ken Wy will be performing together with an impressive ensemble of yanggins and percussion bringing traditional Chinese music in its elegant and smooth vibe to the Rainforest.

The next Sarawakian band is Lan E Tuyang, led by Mathew Ngau Jau, famous for his extraordinary skills on Sape and as a story teller. The audience will be taken on a musical journey revealing the life of the inhabitants of the rainforest and their traditional way of life in the olden days. Ngau has been playing the Sape, a traditional instrument, a boat shaped lute since he was little. He is not only an expert on the instrument but also makes Sapes, he paints, dances and is very handy and experienced with the blowpipe. The band’s music is the music of Kenyah from the Orang Ulu tribe in Sarawak and combines the calm and lonesome sound of the Sape with the traditional dances of  Orang Ulu warriors.

(Lan E. Tuyang) 

The third band from Sarawak wants to attract the attention and interest of the young generation in traditional music and instruments and to prove the variety and beauty of its kind, the Sarawakian band Sayu Ateng (meaning “Welcome” in a local dialect) offers a modern and fresh mixture between old and contemporary sounds underlined with a strong Sarawak flavor.

This 8-member group composes their own lyrics and melodies taking their inspiration from nature, landscapes and the stories of Sarawak, preserving the original sound of Sarawak’s tradition and creating a distinct sound which unmistakably symbolizes Borneo. First performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival in 1999, Sayu Ateng will impress the audience once again this year, offering a variety of musical pieces which combine ancient instruments with modern ones, mixing the sounds of Sarawak with Pop and the World Beat thereby bringing the music of the Rainforest to a whole new level of excitement.

(Sayu Ateng)

Entrance tickets are now available on sale and for more information on the festival, please log on to its website at www.rwmf.net  Tickets event-presale is priced at RM 110.00 for single adult and child is priced at RM 50.00 while the three-day entrance is priced at RM 300.00 for adults and RM 130.00 for children.  I'll have more details on the other bands performing for the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival, so drop by again for more details on the RWMF.  Until next time, as always, take care.