Kuching, 30 June 2011 – Mamak Khadem, one of the great voices of the Persian music tradition is scheduled to perform Sunday, July 10th at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2011. Mamak Khadem, who was born in Iran, captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound.
Born in Iran, Mamak Khadem was part of the Children’s Choir for National Radio and Television, and emigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1976. After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, her passion for singing and learning traditional Persian vocal styles grew.
She was inspired by works of master musicians in the 1980s and regularly traveled back to Iran to study with prominent vocalists and musicians. She also studied classical Indian singing at Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in northern California and Eastern European singing with the Los Angeles-based women’s choir Nevenka.
By nature, she is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base. Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity and an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new. Mamak’s tours have taken her to the Middle East, the US, Europe and Australia.
Renowned indigenous musicians from all around the globe gather for the Rainforest World Music Festival. This is an inspiring musical and cultural celebration of contemporary and traditional world music which will be held on the 8 to 10 July 2011, under the imposing shadow of Mount Santubong, and in the midst of a virgin rainforest at the edge of the South China Sea. As well as evening performances on the main stage, there are afternoon workshops, lectures, jam sessions and smaller concerts. The festival site itself also buzzes with stalls selling food and drink, arts and crafts, artist CDs, festival memorabilia and souvenirs.
Be at the 14th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival. RWMF has been voted for the second consecutive year as one of the Top 25 Best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines, elevating its status in the international music scene as a festival which has well and truly put Sarawak on the world tourism map and extending its appeal to shores further from neighbouring countries. This is where people regardless of their ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, music interests, come together and have a blasting day.
For purchase/booking/enquiries please visit www.ticketcharge.com.my or call ticketCharge Hotline: +6 03-9222 8811 or at TicketCharge @ No 42A-1, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You may also purchase tickets from TicketCharge outlets namely Chambers Music, Telventure Sdn Bhd, Rock Corner all in the Klang Valley or at Speedy Outlets throughout the country.
Tickets also on sale at Sarawak Tourism Board’s Visitors Information Centres in Kuching (082-410944), Sibu (084-340980) and Miri (085-434180).
For more details, kindly log on to www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com.
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Date : June 30, 2011