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24 DRUMS

The explosive 24 Drums ensemble of SMK Arang Road, Kuching presents a stunningly choreographed performance.
karuna
June 11, 2018

Danai Kuwai

  A magical partnership of traditional Sarawak sampe master Salomon Gau and contemporary global sape player Julien Cottet. The music of the Orang Ulu has travelled far and wide and has bridged borders, generations and musical styles.
karuna
June 4, 2018

Arat Kilo, Mamani Keita & Mike Ladd

A groovy combination of French ethno jazz musicians, an African diva and the most infectious American slammer. It is the soul of Addis Ababa interwoven with shiny brass, Malian vocals and peppered with rap. An explosive act. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Sm3QEJh7Q
karuna
June 4, 2018

Grace Nono

ANCESTRAL VOICES AND VOICES AT THE CROSSROADS Singer and ethnomusicologist Grace Nono from Agusan del Sur, northeastern Mindanao, has been learning oral traditional songs from elders in different parts of the Philippine archipelago for over twenty years. She brings to the Rainforest Festival two different performances. The first--Ancestral Voices-- features sacred…
karuna
April 16, 2018

Oyme

One of the most outstanding ethno bands of Russia that has become almost a cult, permorming ancient folklore of the Finno-Ugric people. Oyme combines rare female polyphonic singing, reconstructing age old rituals with traditional Mordovian instruments, heathen percussion rhythms and modern devices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHc6hZuYw0g&feature=youtu.be
karuna
March 26, 2018

Guo Gan & Aly Keita

Poetry and Pulse The unexpected duo of the Chinese erhu and the balafon of West Africa with their own compositions. They produced an album titled “Peace in the World” – an apt description of their music and their message. Extraordinary textures of lyrical charm and dynamic rhythms.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44eZbovKmsU
karuna
March 26, 2018

Elisouma

Ballads from the Moon Islands, starring three exceptional musicians from different generations and different islands of the Comoros: ‘Soubi’ Athoumane Soubira with the Dzendze, the Comorian harp from Moheli; Guitarist Eliasse Ben Joma, born on Grande Comore then moved to Mayotte with the rhythms of the twarab, the maloya, sega,…
karuna
March 26, 2018

Dona Onete

Sassy Queen of the Amazon, Dona Onete is a one-off. At 80 years old, she is feisty, mischievous and saucy, her wicked lyrics and intoxicating blend of rhythms from Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean creates an octane energy performance on stage. Carimbos are her trademark – the dance and groove that…
karuna
March 26, 2018

Slobodan Trkulja

The voice of the Balkans! Appreciated worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, composer and singer of unprecedented caliber, Slobodan Trkulja has established himself on the musical scene as a charismatic performer. Critics have dubbed him as “one of the most beautiful male voices of the Balkans”.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4YhZFjajFk&feature=youtu.be
karuna
March 23, 2018

Balkanopolis

Galvanizing and emotional sounds from the Balkans, Balkanopolis uses traditional melodies and incredibly complex Balkan rhythms, their music immersed with jazz, pop-art and archaic Byzantine chants. Slobodan Trjulja is the founder, composer and frontman of Balkanopolis. Their album “Kingdom of Balkanopolis” was produced and recorded in Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios…
karuna
March 23, 2018