The Rainforest World Music Festival’s genesis was in a number of Sarawakian musicians and dancers travelling to Marseille in 1997 to perform for top music industry professionals. Hardened European agents, managers and festival directors were brought to tears at the beauty and purity of this performance, which included Asang Lawai and Tegit Asat on the traditional sape boat lute. Heralded as the top foremost masters of the sape, Asang and Tegit are back at this year’s festival accompanied by Mathew Ngau Jau, who has toured the world representing Sarawak, as an artist dancer and musician. This is the hauntingly beautiful music that started it all, by master musicians and true artists.

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