Come on over to tHe Spring as there will be a sneak preview of this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival! This is your chance to experience a taste of what Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 has to offer. Find out who’s performing this 6th August (Thursday), 7.30pm at the Centre Court.
- HARUBEE FROM MALDIVES – Harubee features 16 young men exploding with energy. Boduberu music evolved from the 11th century, brought in from the sailors traveling from parts of Africa. It is the relief found in dance for the common people. The songs are about everyday life, often heavy with satire. The drumming and dancing are frenetic, crescendo-ing into immense passionate climaxes.
- SHOOGLENIFTY FROM SCOTLAND – Scotland’s Acid croft pioneers Shooglenifty kicked off their 25th Anniversary year with a jumping sell-out gig at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. Snake-hipped fiddle-toting Highland front man Angus R Grant still rules the roost after a quarter century, but he has been joined centre stage by fiery young mandolinist Ewan MacPherson and ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan. It’s a potent mix that has invigorated a band that still retains four of its original members: Angus, Garry Finlayson on electric and acoustic banjo, Malcolm Crosbie on guitars, and James Mackintosh on percussion. The seventh member is their bass player of over a decade Quee Macarthur.
The Shoogles can’t think of a better way to continue their anniversary celebrations than an appearance at the Rainforest Festival. They have been regulars in Borneo since the Festival’s inception, and never have to think twice when receiving an invitation to play. Expect to hear the exquisite traditional sounding tunes of their homeland fused with devilishly dirty rhythms, and, thanks to their globetrotting adventures a rich back catalogue of international influences. There will be dancing.
- SAYU ATENG FROM SARAWAK – In Borneo, among the Orang Ulu people, Sayu Ateng means “welcome”. This 8-member group has been making waves in the local, regional and international music scene.
All over the world, the old musicians and their knowledge of the lore and songs of their countries have been dying out. Ancient and antique instruments lie forgotten and the younger generations very often are not interested in learning how to play them. That is not the case of Sayu Ateng. The musicians have found a sound that is refreshingly modern yet full of traditional Sarawak flavour. They have mixed and matched traditional instruments with contemporary ones, composed their own lyrics and melodies and based their songs on the nature, landscapes and folk stories of Sarawak.