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KUCHING: There is no doubt that Latin and music from the Spanish-speaking world is far outpacing many other genres on the world music stage. There has always been a Latin group thrown in the mix at the Rainforest World Music Festival and at the 22nd edition this year there will be two bands – La Chiva Gantiva from Colombia who will provide an insight into their roots with their sensual, upbeat, danceable and contagious music and Ana Alcaide from Spain who fuses traditional sounds from around Europe and the Mediterranean with the cultural mix of her hometown, Toledo, Spain.

La Chiva Gantiva plays music without borders. Genre bending and adventurous, they’ll make you dance with abandonment with their original combination of rock, funk, hip hop and punk with Colombian rhythms, while preserving a jam mentality and multicultural origins.

Known for their live antics and frontman Rafael Espinel’s empathy towards the audience, La Chiva Gantiva are a treat to see live but also an amazing trip around the world when any of their three studio records play at a Colombian party, at a Belgian bar, or at a Mexican radio station.

At the end of the other musical spectrum is Ana Alcaide, a singer, composer and instrumentalist from Toledo, Spain. Her prime instrument is the nyckelharpa which she came across while studying in Sweden.

Rooted in ancient traditions yet resolutely modern, her compositions deftly blend musical styles from different cultures. From the inspirational backdrop of the city of Toledo, Ana writes and produces her songs, creates new arrangements and adapts the nyckelharpa to ancient melodies that originated in medieval Spain and have travelled throughout the Mediterranean region. But her personal and artistic evolution leads her to conquer new creative fields in the recent years.

In 2016, her fifth album Leyenda reached Top 10 in the WMCE (World Music Charts Europe) as well as on the Transglobal World Music Charts. Leyenda was also on the top of some of the International radios around Australia, Canada, UK, USA and Europe. The album has received reviews from professional critics around the world including Songlines Magazine which awarded Leyenda a 5 Star Review, Top of the World.

Alcaide has presented her music in some of the most important festivals, theatres and venues around Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Canada, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Switzerland, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Argentina, Uruguay, and has performed in more than 500 concerts in 4 continents.

Since 2016 she is the Artistic Director of the ‘Toledo World Music Festival’.

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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Visit to Long Bedian and the Highland Folk Music & Dance Festival

Visit to Long Bedian and the Highland Folk Music Dance Festival

The Highland Folk Music Dance Festival is a musical and dance festival that showcases the cultural traditions of the different ethnicities in Sarawak.

First held in 2003, the event was organized to attract tourists to Long Bedian and other villages in Tutoh Apoh, as well as to become a platform to introduce traditional music to the younger generation in a vibrant and celebratory way, encouraging them to take up the mantle and continue their traditions.

All nine Orang Ulu ethnic groups under the Federation of Orang Ulu Malaysia (Forum) took part in the performances in 2016 which were held for two nights.  They comprise of Petipun Penan Sarawak, Sarawak Lakiput Association, Sarawak Lun Bawang Association, Sarawak Berawan Association, Sarawak Bisaya Association, Sarawak Kayan Association, Sarawak National Kenyah Association, Miri Rurum Kelabit and Sarawak Saban Association.

Beside that, the Federation of Miri Chinese Association (Long Lama), Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA), Miri Kadayan Association, Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Marudi) also participated.

The 2016 Highland Folk Music Dance Festival was also held to commemorate the first anniversary of Telang Usan’s elevation into a district and Long Bedian into a sub-district.

Music and dance performances over the two nights were held by the different ethnicities.

Around one thousand viewers were estimated to have attended the event over the course of two nights. Beside the cultural show, the organizer also invited a local singer to entertain the local who coming for the festival.

The Festival provided some side income for villagers selling food and drinks, as well traditional crafts, modern crafts with traditional ‘flair’ and event memorabilia. Over 10 government agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department, army personnel from the 9th Infantry Brigade, the Welfare Department, Kolej I-System, Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Agriculture Department were also present to give talks and cultivate public awareness on various subjects for the communities. Safety demonstration by BOMBA and cooking demonstration by KEMAS.  Various traditional games were held during the daytime which many visitors also participated in.  Apart from the performances, there were stall also set up by Penans from nearby longhouses who brought handicrafts such as mats, baskets bags and purses made from rattan to sell to visitors.


Sightseeing – The Town

Although there are only 3 row of shoplots, the township will surprise you on what you can find, despite its rural location! Its suggested that travelers visit in the morning, though most shops close during the festival (the shop owners can usually be found selling their wares at the festival itself.

The township is also the main trading point for the nomadic tribe, the Penans, to trade wild meat and their jungle ware/handicrafts with middle-persons, who will later resell them in their shops once the Penan have moved on.

The Longhouse

The longhouse, like many others in Sarawak, seems to house the elderly, the very young and their mothers.

Many other inhabitants have moved to larger towns such as Miri to make a living. Some of them have built their own house nearby the Long Bedian village. The community take up the usual agricultural activities to supplement their income.  They have rice fields or ‘sawah padi’ on the perimeter of the village, and sole have taken up planting oil palm.

The Waterfall

The journey to the nearby waterfall began with a 30 minute 4WD ride from Long Bedian to the Tenyok Rimba Resort, a community project that was built in the 1980-1990s. The resort is all but abandoned and is currently not open to the public for stays.

Parking the car at the resort, the waterfall is a short 15 to 20 minute trek through the reserve’s beautiful and prime rainforest.

Along the way, trekkers can admire rock falls and towering green trees, surrounded by the peace of the rainforest. The beauty of the reserve is punctuated by the serenity of the waterfall.

There are about 6 waterfalls located within Tenyok area where visitors can swim. The river running between the Tenyok Rimba resort and Long Bedian is a great place for a quick dip and a picnic.

The trip proved to be a memorable visit for the group. They express their gratitude to the guide Mr. Richard, and Ms. Joanna Ping Eng Oyok, the owner of D’village Homestay of Long Bedian (017 858 3166) where they stayed.

They group encourages the locals of Long Bedian to continue and even increase their efforts in pushing cultural musical and dance performances during the Highland Folk Music Dance Festival, encouraging the younger generation towards preserving their heritage. They also expressed hope for the future of the Tenyok Rimba Resort, which was beautifully located and would prove to be an amazing tourist location should the area be maintained, well managed and opened to the public once more.






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Things To Do At Night In KL

By Lloyd Green

Lost at what to do at night in Kuala Lumpur? Never fear, we have all your answers.

Open Mic Nights Live Music
KL’s live music scene has it all, and now with the emergence of conceptualised musician-friendly venues, the depth of KL’s talent pool is booming. For a chilled-out evening, check out the open mic sessions at Merdekarya and Gaslight Cafe Music. These laid back music shacks hosts regular open mics before that evening’s featured performer. At Gaslight, it’s strictly folk, country, jazz, blues and soul with antique records from the 60s and 70s available for purchase. Merdekarya has an ‘originals only’ policy, attracting anything from dark, singer songwriter ballads to fusion punk, hip-hop acts. Live Fact is a DIY, self-sustaining space for gigs, band rehearsals, meetings and has already played host to a number of Indie gigs, including a two-day showcase of Swedish bands. No Black Tie has been a stalwart of the KL live music scene for over 14 years and is the birthplace of many Malaysian independent artists. Besides jazz performances, it features bands that play lively Brazilian beats as well as blues and roots.

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Stand-Up Comedy
 Up for a few laughs? Check out Kuala Lumpur’s comedy scene with stand up events and open mic nights throughout the week. Enjoy the feel of international, big city comedy at the LOL Room @ Live House. Combining chic design with a group of comedians that know how to deliver, this venue packs a punch with early evening comedy shows followed by live music giving you the ultimate live entertainment experience. Crackhouse Comedy holds title as KL’s first dedicated comedy venue and hosts nightly shows featuring the best local, regional and international comics. Expect every joke under the sun, with with improv nights on Thursday’s and raw, unfiltered open mics on Wednesday’s where both veteran comedians and newbies can test their material. PJ Live Arts has played host to a number of local and international shows, with their weekly Tuesday night One Mic Stand show always a hit. It’s also Malaysia’s first open mic platform for stand-up comedy in Malay.

Food Night Markets
Jalan Alor off Changkat is foodie-central with Chinese seafood restaurants and hawker stalls selling an array of local delicacies and international cuisines until the wee hours of the morning. Petaling Street in Chinatown is also famous for food with its night market chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and street food. If you prefer a bit of adventure check out the hawker-style food in Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang and Cheras. It’s just as good as the tourist hotspots and is where most of the locals eat. Also keep an eye out for local night markets known as Pasar Malam. They offer amazing delicacies and fresh produce and are more authentic than the ones in the city. The Monday Pasar Malam next to Setiawangsa LRT station is a hive of activity with stall owners spruiking their fresh produce from early evening until late. Another popular location is the Fiesta Nite Market in Mont Kiara. The market takes place every Thursday in the main courtyard of Mont Kiara and offers visitors a variety of local and international food as well as clothes, jewelry, accessories, bags, toys, books and hand made soaps.

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Something Different
Multipurpose venues hosting social activities like trampoline parks, paintball and dodgeball are becoming increasingly popular and are great for late night reunions, work functions and family gatherings. Locations such as Jump Street in Petaling Jaya and Xtion Paintball Park in Bukit Jalil can cater for all kinds of activities including trampoline dodgeball. There are even regular dodgeball competitions and social leagues organised by the Malaysian Association of Dodgeball held throughout the city. Simply join a club or league and remember your five D’s: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge. There are also various styles of dance classes on offer around the city, particularly those that double as workouts like Salsa, Zumba and Burlesque. Havana Estudio is regarded as the first salsa dance school in KL and hosts a range of other dance classes in addition to its marquee calorie-burning salsa lessons.

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If all that fails, you can always grab a ticket to the movies.

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Shades of NAKKEERAN Concert

January 21, 2012 during 12:00 pm

There will be a provide for all Tamil strain fans come 28th Jan 2012 during Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) during Sentul Park. Nakkeeran is a Malaysian singer, strain composer and songwriter who now lives nearby London. This gifted thespian has been singing Tamil songs from a really immature age. He recently gained celebrity after his opening in a radio talent query called ‘Vaanavil Paadal Thiran Potti’, organized by Vaanavil channel of ASTRO. He fast became a domicile name after reaching a finals in a talent uncover and is still remembered for his performances by many even today.

Shades of NAKKEERAN Concert will be function during klpac on 28th Jan 2012

Nakkeeran expelled his initial singular called ‘Thirumanam’ (Wedding) in 2008 and his entrance manuscript in 2010 was called ‘Shades of Nakkeeran’. Fans can now locate his famous hits such as Chellame (Dearest), Kanave (Dreams), Elunthidu (Rise Up) and other new songs specifically created for this concert. This dual hour unison will also embody a fan accommodate and hail event after a concert. Tickets are labelled during RM 30 / RM 40 / RM 50. There is also a graduation where for each 5 tickets purchased, one sheet will be free. 50% of a concert’s increase will be offering to dual comparison Tamil schools that is in apocalyptic need of financial assistance. Concert is scheduled during 6.30 pm and will be hold during Pentas 1, klpac during Sentul Park. For some-more information, greatfully call 03 4047 9000 or record on to a website here.

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Mystical Eve Interview: Joe Flizzow

December 24, 2011 during 5:30 pm

The organisation sat down with Joe Flizzow, Malaysian swat artist and before partial of Too Phat recently during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party press conference. He was diversion adequate to share with us his thoughts about New Years. How does it feel to be invited to perform during a Mystical Eve Countdown Party during Encorp Strand?
Joe: we feel blessed… and unequivocally vehement given we feel that there is something special about The Strand. The place looks like it’s built for village formed and family oriented outings, so we wish that we can yield arrange of jubilee for those who are coming. It feels good to be behaving on theatre with Mizz Nina and Pop Shuvit.

Joe Flizzow before of Too Phat competence not trust in resolutions, though he loves to jubilee on New Years! Do we customarily do countdown parties?
Joe: we have been doing New Year’s eve parties for a past 15 years, so we consider I’m flattering gifted in that sense. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Or do we not trust in it?
Joe: Yeah, we do not trust in New Year’s resolutions actually. For me, we feel that we do not have to wait for new year to start something. It could be Mar and if we feel like we wish to collect adult a new sport, we do not have to wait until New Year’s to do it. Though we do not trust in resolutions per se, we do trust in a symbolism of a new year, like a imprinting of a new beginning. It is like we are gripping time, though during a same time we wish to constantly do improved than what we did final year. That for me is what New Year’s is all about. If we pronounce about New Year’s resolutions, that will always be my fortitude each year – that is to do improved than before and do large things in a entrance years. That sounds unequivocally good. So do we have any skeleton in store for a entrance year? Professionally, that is.
Joe:: Oh, we got a lot of large plans. we only expelled a new singular with another singer, Rosa. That strain is climbing adult a charts in Indonesia, so we theory we will be going behind there a lot. Will Malaysian fans get to hear it here?
Joe: It will be expelled here soon. we consider it’s already online, so we guys can check it out there. It is called ‘One Night Lover’, Rosa featuring Joe Flizzow. Indonesia is a large marketplace that we are looking during to dig actually. We have had some success with Indonesia with Too Phat before this, so that is a good thing. Do we cite to perform in English or Bahasa Malaysia?Or we are gentle with a mix?
Joe: Actually English is my initial denunciation for me as we grew adult abroad. My family speaks English during home. we am also equally gentle vocalization in Bahasa Malaysia. In fact, my whole subsequent manuscript is indeed in Bahasa Malaysia and a manuscript is called ‘Untukmu’. You will be astounded given many people know Joe Flizzow as an artist who started out with Too Phat and sang a lot of English songs. Since we pronounced we grew adult abroad, how was New Year’s jubilee for we when we were younger?
Joe: Ah, we was too immature to remember most when we lived in England. Actually, as a kid, New Year’s do not unequivocally register most given as a kid, we tend to get vehement over Christmas. Christmas was good given my father used to put adult a trees and a presents when we was sleeping, so by a time we arise adult in a morning it will all be there. When we are a child and when we are still personification with a toys we got for Christmas, New Year’s seems like another typical day. What about New Year’s jubilee during your teenage years or during college years?
Joe: When we are in college, we get accede to do things that college kids get to do. New Year’s is always good given we grew adult in Subang, a place where it felt like it was 1Malaysia even before a 1Malaysia judgment was created. New Year’s was good fun given it was a one time where we get to spend time with your friends. So do we skip that kind of New Year compared with a form of New Year that we are going by now?
Joe: There have been a lot of New Years that we have to missed out given we have been behaving recently, generally when friends go for vacations or travel. we am still in hit with a same friends that we grew adult with given when we was in school. It is not like we have a opposite set of friends now that we am a rapper. we do have some-more friends, though we still have a people that we started out and we am still tighten to a people that were tighten to me 15 years ago. Actually, this kind of loyalty is tough to find. Since we were observant that we have been behaving for a final 15 years, do we remember any noted or superb New Year’s eve performances?
Joe: we won’t contend each year… it’s some-more like on and off… maybe out of 15 years, it was like 8 or 9 years. we remember one opening with Too Phat during Menara Kuala Lumpur. They requisitioned adult a whole place and we had a whole organisation there, a break-dancers and others. That was early 2000… somewhere like 2002… 10 years ago. It was good given that was a initial time that they requisitioned a swat organisation to be a categorical act. Prior to that, we were perplexing to come adult in a subterraneous and infer ourselves. Being invited felt like we were finally removing a recognition. For us, that New Year’s was big.

Want to see Joe Flizzow rapping? Then be during ENCORP Strand this New Year’s Eve! How has this year been for you? Was it good?
Joe: 2011 is a good year. we schooled that infrequently we can't do things alone. As most as we wish to micro-manage things, I’ve learnt to trust my team. I’ve learnt to trust a younger era and to commission a girl given we trust that a girl have got good ideas and can do something. Sometimes they only need a bit of certainty for them to shine. That has been 2011 for me. So it is like we are mellowing, and holding a lot of coach roles…
Joe: we won’t contend mellowing, though yeah.. in a lot of ways. When it comes down to operative as a team, while it is critical to be a good leader, it is also critical that a personality learns to trust a people that is operative underneath him.

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