Image courtesy of Tourism Malaysia.
This coming weekend belongs to Sarawak, and to the world music fans who are flying into that Malaysian locale to see the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) at Kuching's Sarawak Cultural Village from July 13 to 15. A total of 22,000 paying guests are expected to arrive over the three-day span of the music festival, attesting to the RWMF's popularity among world music fans.
"When the festival first started, there were only 300 people coming and now, there are more than twenty thousand on average," Sarawak Cultural Village GM Jane Lian Labang told the Borneo Post. "This had proven that the festival is not just about world music but is an 'alumni' festival and a reunion of world music fans in the heart of Borneo."
The diverse world music lineup is, of course, the event's main draw: among the many acts headlining the festival's three days, a group of Brazilian Amazonian Indians will be performing alongside Mongolia's Khusugtun; the Palestinian Le Trio Joubran; the Congolese soukous musician Kanda Bongo Man; Burkina Faso's Mamadou Diabate; and Malaysian musicians like Samuel Dass and Prakash, Diplomats of Drum, and Sarawak's own Rhythm of Borneo.
Visitors to the Rainforest World Music Festival can buy a day pass for MYR 110 or a three-day pass for MYR 330. For more details about this music event in Sarawak, read our article: Rainforest World Music Festival. Or visit the Rainforest World Music Festival's official site.