Music Without Borders
Senses of Malaysia|July/August/September 2017

Frequent Festival-goer David Bowden Recaps His Experiences From the Eclectic the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak as It Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary This Year.

David Bowden
It’s a hot and humid Sarawak evening and I’m surrounded by thousands of concert goers who look as hot as the night. They’re moving to the beat of music that constantly shifts gears over the course of the evening. It began with a group of Mongolian throat singers who’s melodious but guttural tones resembled the birds and the desert wind of their country and ended with a madcap trio of Scotsmen, one of whom was suspended from the shoulders of his colleague upside down while playing an accordion.

Welcome to the annual Rainforest World Music Festival, staged in the expansive grounds of the Sarawak Cultural Village located within coastal rainforests that meet Damai Beach. This wasn’t my first Rainforest Music Festival, with each one being memorable for its musical diversity performed in an inviting setting.

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