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EXPLORE EXOTIC FACETS OF MOROCCO’S MUSICAL HERITAGE

Music is fundamental in the Moroccan daily life and it is at the heart of this nation’s cultural heritage. At this year’s RWMF, festival goers will have the rare opportunity to experience the music of Mehdi Nassouli whose passion for preserving Moroccan music is matched by his energetic and engaging stage presence.

Born in Taroudant in southern Morocco, Mehdi experienced the rhythms and sounds of traditional Moroccan culture while growing up. This inspired him to dedicate his life to studying instruments and the voice of his people. He immersed himself in the rhythms and spiritual trance of “Gnawa music practised by his ancestors.

Mehdi was also enamoured by the Malhoune poetic arts and deqqa, a traditional form of art from Taroudant and spent the better part of a decade learning several traditional musical styles across Morocco.

Drawn intrinsically to new rhythms, he took up the guembri, a percussive stringed instrument that is the foundation of Gnawa music and learned to master it from great musicians.

Launched into the international scene by festival director Brahim El Mazned, Mehdi now has many projects and international collaborations where he pushes those traditions ahead with enthusiasm. As a fusion artist, he has collaborated and shared the stage with many international artists. Mehdi was featured on French guitarist Titi Robin’s album Les Rives in 2012 and the two later collaborated on a joint album, Taziri in 2015, with both albums yielding extensive international touring. His collaboration with other genres, such as jazz and hip hop has earned him legions of followers.

Watch him perform at the RWMF 2019 – leading his traditional 5 piece, dazzling the crowd with mesmerizing dance and gnawa percussion, and endearing himself to the audience with his irresistible smile.

RWMF2019 MEHDI NASSOULI

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

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MACKA B – STAGING THE REGGAE TO RWMF

KUCHING: UK’s most influential dancehall toaster and festival goers can work up a serious sweat during his most anticipated performance – Macka B will be one of the highlights at Rainforest World Music Festival.

A British-born Jamaican reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning nearly four decades in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He also has built a career on his insanely unique delivery and stage presence, with rough and gravely vocals, complete with a voice unline few others on this planet, Macka B instantly indentifiable sound – rich and emotive. Moreover, He has used his music to push dancehall back towards Rastafarian political consciousness, while bringing elements from other branches of the reggae tree like roots, dub and lovers rock.

Jamaica’s music influence has spread throughout the world and almost everyone is familiar with this island’s reggae that is situated in the sub oceanic basin of the western Atlantic Ocean feature African musical elements that formed the basis of Jamaican music.

Dancehall reggae is described as modern Jamaican music and is a sub-genre of reggae. Often referred to as reggae’s rebellious counterpart, dancehall music first emerged as an underground genre attracting large crowds on street corners, thus resembling a dance hall, hence its name.

A Rastafarian with political consciousness, his songs are devoted to spiritual and social messages. He has many songs hit the No. 1 spot on the Reggae charts, won numerous awards and produced albums that display an ability to move between serious and lighter hearted subject matters. Earlier albums like the landmark Sign of the Times (1986) and Looks are Deceiving (1988) are marked by dark political undertones with a constant eye on the struggle and strive of everyday life.

While fans know him for his music with impressive fan base sprouted following his popularity, the currently on-going “Medical Mondays” web series where he shares his ever-growing knowledge of bodily health and veganism that spawned a surprise smash hit when his raps on the health benefits of cucumbers appropriately titled Cucumba went viral, racking up over a million views.

At Rainforest World Music Festival Macka B will take over the DJ set on the After Party Stage on the Friday night.

RWMF2019 MACKA B

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

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SOUND OF AINU FOR THE FIRST TIME

KUCHING: This year edition of RWMF is proud to host Oki Kano representing the Ainu (Japan) for the first time ever.

Growing up in Japan, Oki graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He moved to New York in 1987 where he worked as a special effects artist on film productions and returned to Japan in 1992.

The multi-talented musician Oki never knew he was part of a “vanishing” race as many in the tribe chose to keep their heritage a secret. He was already an adult by the time he came to know of his origins. The discovery prompted him to learn Ainu and teach himself how to play the traditional “tonkori” and today performs and produces unique Ainu music influenced with a modern twist.

The Ainu lived for centuries on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido as well as the nearby areas including Russia’s Sakhalin and Kuril Islands. Like many indigenous people around the world, the Ainu have lost touch with their traditional lifestyle after decades of forced assimilation leaving the younger generation in the dark about their heritage.

The “tonkori” has played a vital role in the lives of the Ainu and was used by shamans to communicate with the spirit forces that control the wind, rain, hail and fire, or to disorientate enemies during battle. When Oki first discovered the “tonkori”, he said it was he was being led by his ancestors’ spirit and his feelings that one day Ainu culture would be part of his expression has now come to pass.

He has been on a mission to encourage other Ainu artists to promote their music to the world and is careful to strike a balance between introducing changes and keeping the tradition.

He likens playing the “tonkori” as a weapon “fighting for survival” and that Ainu music must be passed on to the next generation even though it has been filtered through him.

At RWMF, audiences will hear traditional “tonkori” music as well as Oki’s individual compositions highly blending ancient and modern influences.

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The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place from July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organized by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

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HIGH NOTES IN OCTOBER 2018

Love music? The month of October will bring many crowd-pulling acts to Malaysia. Here is a list of the most anticipated performances happening this month, from pop to classic to breezy island tunes!

Jacky Cheung A Classic Tour in Malaysia 2018

Proudly presented by Allianz Malaysia Berhad, organised by Star Planet, legendary “God of Song” Jacky Cheung will return to Kuala Lumpur for a 3-night performance on 5, 6 7 October 2018 at 8 pm.

The show, which will be staged at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil, created attention-grabbing headlines when the news was first announced, leaving many eager fans waiting to buy tickets.

Jacky Cheung “A Classic Tour” was first brought into Malaysia in last January with ticket demand far exceeding supply. And this upcoming “Encore” tour is anticipated to be another sellout concert!

Following the KL gig in January, the tour reached the shore of the United States, Australia and major cities in China, making headlines across international media platforms. In April, Jacky broke his own Guinness World Records by hosting his 147th show at Shao Xing, China, where his last world tour “1/2 Century” wrapped up with a total of 146 dates. The current tour is expected to hit 200 dates.

IL Divo Presents TIMELESS Live in Genting

 

Date: 7 Oct 2018

Venue: Arena Of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands

Il Divo will bring their Timeless Tour to Malaysia this October. The classical crossover vocal group had recently released their new record, Timeless. Il Divo rose to international stardom after they became the first classical crossover band in history to reach the top of the US Billboard 200 list (2005). The sensational singing group was also crowned Artist of the Decade at the 2011 Classic Brit Awards.

A multinational quartet comprising Urs Bühler (Switzerland), Carlos Marín (Spain), David Miller (USA), and Sébastien Izambard (France), the band has released nine highly successful albums including Il Divo (2004), Ancora (2005), Siempre (2006), The Promise (2008), Wicked Game (2011), A Musical Affair (2013) and Amor Pasión (2015).

For more information, please go to https://www.rwgenting.com/entertainment/shows/IL-Divo

Richie Jen Live in Genting 2018

 

Date: 19 – 20 Oct 2018

Venue: Arena Of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands

Richie Jen first found fame with his debut album, the Mandarin-language Ask Again in 1990, along with his role in the 1991 Taiwanese comedy film Cops Robbers. Signing with Rock Records in 1996, Jen’s star began to shine brighter with the release of his breakthrough album Too Softhearted, which became a massive success, selling over two million copies across Asia and the title track becoming his signature song. Additional success followed with the release of 1998’s Love Like The Pacific Ocean, featuring the hit song The Sad Pacific, which helped the album sell more than a million copies in Taiwan alone. Musical success continued through the 2000s, all the way to the release of his last studio album, 2011’s Daredevil Spirit and another one of his signature songs, Fold.

In addition to his musical successes, Jen has also found great fame in front of the camera. With over 40 movie roles under his belt, his roles range from comedies like Summer Holiday, romantic fantasies like Fly Me To Polaris and historical epics like Legendary Amazons. He also made his debut as a screenwriter and director in the recent All You Need Is Love. Beyond the cinema, Jen has also been a regular fixture on the small screen, acting in series such as 1998’s The Return Of Condor Heroes and 2011’s The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung. Jen also served as presenter on Top Gear China and has been a part of the Chinese Idol judging panel since 2013.

For more information, please go to https://www.rwgenting.com/entertainment/shows/Richie-Jen

Mariah Carey Live In Concert Kuala Lumpur 2018

Date: 16 Oct 2018

Venue: Plenary Hall, KLCC

The Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling songstress Mariah Carey is coming back to Kuala Lumpur. Proudly sponsored by Qi Group of Companies, the exclusive one-night only concert will take place at the Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre on October 16th. The pop Diva is set to perform her much loved number one hits, bringing a brand new show to her Malaysian fans.

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/ songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance.

For more information, please visit https://www.ticket2u.com.my

Island Music Festival

Date: 12 – 14 October 2018

Venue: Long Beach, Redang Island in Terengganu

Now, if you are looking for different tunes and music crowd, head up to the east coast and let yourself loose in music and monsoon.

Island Music Festival is a 3 days and 2 nights celebration of Rhythm Nature that has been going on yearly at Long Beach, Redang Island since 2013. It’s a rain or shine festival on the beach so leave your raincoats at home. Expect to discover new music, make new friends, have new experiences and a new appreciation for Mother Nature while having a great time!

This package-based festival is pre-sold and the package is inclusive of accommodation, ferry transfer and all Island Music Festival activities and entertainment.

Featuring an eclectic mix of local and international performers, the Island Music Festival is a place where island-style hospitality meets the party scene with great music vibes. Presenting the very best in live music, the local flavours of the festival include sexy DJ sisters Leng Yein and Leng Sean, DJ Skeletor from Malaysia’s number one hit station Hitz.FM, soulful RB band Back2Basixx, hippie pop trio Jumero, sensual songbird Talitha Tan, and many more!

Meanwhile, coming all the way from Paris, Fabrice Morvan who was half of the pop duo Milli Vanilli will be performing in Malaysia for the first time.

Apart from the performances, the festival will also present a catwalk runway featuring the latest beach line of the renowned celebrity designer from LA, M the Movement.

There will also be some great island activities and workshops lined up such as beach volleyball, crossfit, jungle trekking, DJ workshop, limbo rock, yoga, and more.

For more information, please visit https://theislandmusicfestival.com.

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Karnival Sukan Pantai (KSP) Port Dickson 2015

Karnival Sukan Pantai (KSP) Port Dickson 2015

http://www.ksp.com.my/

Malaysia’s biggest beach sports’ foe that support a sports addict with sports such as triathlon, beach soccer and volleyball. With several entertainments, such as informative shows, a accommodate and hail celebrities’ session, fireworks and waterpark for an brave and fun. A possibility to accommodate your favorite artist behaving during a carnival.

 

Date: 29th Mei – 1 Jun 2015

Venue: Pantai Batu 1, Port Dickson

Organizer: Nisa Event

Phone: +603 5524 2210

Email: [email protected]

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