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.

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