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KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2011 – The highly-anticipated Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will be kicking off from July 8-10 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, Sarawak, bringing together some of the world’s most eclectic performers in the world music scene today. An exclusive sneak preview featuring two of the bands who will perform at the festival will be held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus on July 1 and 2 for audiences to experience the magic of the festival firsthand.

RWMF Preview Event Details
Date: 1st & 2nd July 2011
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus

Tickets are priced at RM 30 to the public, inclusive of an RWMF Preview T-shirt, meal vouchers & door gifts.

Performing at the preview are two of the highly regarded bands for RWMF, Paddy Keenan Trio from Ireland and Victor Valdez Trio from Mexico. The Taylor’s Symphony Orchestra will also be featured during the preview, providing for a magical night of spellbinding music from around the world.

Paddy Keenan comes from a travelling family steeped in traditional music; both his father and grandfather were uilleann pipers, and his own flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly to the style of the great Travelling pipers. The virtuosity and ferocity of his playing led to his being described as “the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes”.

With a powerful and passionate voice and the infectious sound of the Mexican harp, Victor Valdes has performed in over 25 countries in four continents, providing a unique journey into folk and the contemporary music of Mexico. Soulful, colourful, and energetic, the sounds of the Victor Valdes Trio will bring joy to your heart and the warmth of the Mexican sun to your day.

There’s nothing quite like the Rainforest World Music Festival. Now well into its second decade, the 14th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 brings dazzling performances from across the globe as festival-goers flock to the magical land of Borneo for three magical days of daytime music workshops and action-packed nightly shows. The event which has put Sarawak on the world map will be held from July 8-10 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, located 35km outside Kuching and set against the magnificent backdrop of the legendary Mount Santubong.

The exciting and eclectic line-up for this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival has now been finalized, with 22 bands making their debut appearance on the RWMF 2011 stage from across the globe from a host of genres making for a truly unique world music experience.

Amongst the myriad performers are Startijenn (France), the Pacific Curls (New Zealand), Mamak Khadem (Iran), The Blue Canyon Boys (USA), Lisa Haley & The Zydekats (USA), The Shin (Georgia), Iskwew (Canada), Frigg (Finland), Malick Pathe Sow (Senegal), Agungbeat (Malaysia), Masters of the Sape (Malaysia), Victor Valdez Trio (Mexico/Australia), Ilgi (Latvia), Leweton Women’s Water Music (Vanuatu), Kamerunga (Australia), Kissmet (India/UK), Paddy Keenan Trio (Ireland), DuOud (Tunisia/Algeria), Joaquin Diaz (Dominican Republic), Kamafei (Italy), Kenge Kenge (Kenya) and Warsaw Village band (Poland).

Regular-priced tickets for the RWMF after the promotional period are priced at RM110 for adults per day and RM300 for a 3-day pass for those above 12 years old are available online at Tickets for children between three and 12 years old are at RM55 per day and RM150 for a three-day pass.

For purchase/booking/enquiries please call the 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 or check online at

The Rainforest World Music Festival is organised annually by STB Leisure & Properties, a subsidiary of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB). More updates on the Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 are available online at

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