Sape’ Sarawak is an ensemble of 17 sape’ players, is the first of its kind to be performed at the Rainforest World Music Festival. Conceptualized by Narawi Hj. Rashidi, also known as Do’ Bala, the members of Sape’ Sarawak are from the various Sarawak ethnic group such as Orang Ulu, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Malay, Chinese and other countries.
There are Sape’ players from Suku Ut Danum of Nanga Tahai in West Kalimantan, another from Sang Jati Dusun of Tutong District in Brunei as well as some Sape’ musicians from Negeri Sembilan and France.
Sape’ Sarawak will present the tunes and folksongs of the Orang Ulu, (the upper river dwellers) of Sarawak Malaysia and Kalimantan Indonesia such as Alem Ini, Doh Lan, Leleng, Datun Julud, Hip Balip, and Badi Tiang; the songs of Legend and Myth, the strings of the Sape’ resonating with a timeless tale of ancient warriors and supernatural princesses. It is the same sound that has echoed through the mountains and the trees of the Bornean Rainforest for centuries, and will continue on for centuries to come.