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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rainforest World Music Festival part 2

Here is part 2 of the rainforest world music festival as promised, we missed the workshop on the 1st day and we managed to drag our ass up from bed to attend the workshop. I was told by Arth that the workshops in the Dewan Lagenda is always the best, I cannot wait to attend it but I need to fill my growling empty stomach first.

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We missed the first workshop, and again we always seemed to missed the first performances or something else. We attended the Rhythms in the rainforest at the Dewana Lagenda, this session's workshop consist of pure pounding sounds of percussion from their own band members of Huun Huur Tu, Malarija, Mas Y Mas, Shannon, Tabuh Pak Ainal, Asean percussion unit, and Tarika Be.

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I personally love this session the most since i myself used to play drums in my ex high school marching band and church, the performers rocked the entire place and they made the audience did a standing ovation. The performers were so into the beats until one them can bang the drums with his own head, he was head banging the whole way. Probably a lost rocker drummer ended up in the rainforest, or he just wanted to bang the drums so badly.

After that was the Celtic wars, performance from Shooglenifty and Shannon, with Shooglenifty performing their Scottish songs and Shannon performing the Irish songs. Although none of the members of Shannon are actually Irish, they are from Poland. Both of them were fantastic, hearing the music from both bands made me feel like I'm in the middle of St Patrick days celebration and I need a Guinness Stout or Kilkenny Ale.

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Once the workshop has finished, we headed to the food stores to buy our dinner back to the resort. After refreshing ourself, it is time to for the night session. Veronica was there during the workshop too, it was great to see you again.

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When we reach there, Ensemble Kaboul was already performing. With the tunes from the middle east and beats of the tabla, listening to something from Afghanistan was refreshing. The tabla player was awesome, his fingers moved so fast that you thought that he is not actually playing it but he was.

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Next up was a solo performance from Marcin Ruminski, doesn't everyone loved the sound of the bagpipe? I certainly do, I saw some people trying to do the traditional Scottish dance(no photos)

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Tarika Be is up next, they used a couple of string instruments that i have never seen in my life. the guitarist made it look so easy, I doubt that it is even easy and I might get my fingers tangle up.

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They came all the way from Italy, they are from no other place than Sicily, they are Tammorra. They enlighten us the music of Sicily, i thought that Italian sounds a bit like Arabic music, but it was all good.

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The last performance of the night was simply the best, a combination of the modern and traditional music. It was Huun Huur Tu & Malerija, the music they played was fusion. While the Mongolian starts to sing, there was a DJ mixing the songs with Electro and house. There eve was an electric guitar, what amazes us was the throat singing by the band members. It may sound creepy to some people, but it was amazing.

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That is all from Day 2, stay tune for part 3

1 Comments:

Blogger Joe Xavier said...

shietzzzz... missed it this year!!!
heard mongolians rocked this time...
next year!

11:08 PM  

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