Rainforest World Music Festival
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Robin (England), Marcus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)
Sunday was the final day of the Rainforest World Music Festival, so Julia and I decided to buy tickets and see what was on offer. We rocked up around 16.00 after encountering problems getting to the event, situated about an hours bus ride out of Kuching. It seemed everyone was trying to get there at the same time and we had to wait for 3 buses before we eventually scored a seat.
The festival had a wicked location set in amongst the mountains and surrounded by trees with a nice lake to chill out by. During the year it is set up to host cultural events with permanent longhouses taking centre stage. We were just in time to enter the longhouses and watch 2 workshops that were taking place.
We grabbed a kebab and some soft drinks whilst we waited for the main programme to begin at 19.30 and met up with Hannes, Robin and Marcus. The first 2 acts only lasted 15 minutes each before Kha Chi from Vietnam entered the stage. The most interesting thing within their performance was the way that the guy played his instruments. He often would produce a home made contraption and insert the sections that produced the sounds into his armpits, between his ear and shoulder, you name it, he had a place for it! The show went on for an hour and half way through, we decided that it was time make our own fun and to start drinking :)
By the time Inka Marka came on at 9.
Huun Huur Tu from Tuva, an autonomous Russian state, had their work cut out following Inka Marka and i found their throat singing a little dull in comparison. It reminded me of Mongolia, but i much prefered the solo act we were treated to when we were there! Next up were a wacky English band from Hull, called Doghouse Skiffle Group.
On one of our many beer runs/toilet breaks, we got interviewed by a Malaysian magazine and a photo taken - i had my travbuddy t-shirt on, so maybe we will get some more Malay members soon :) Straight afterwards we bumped into Kha Chi and got a photo with them, then all of a sudden we spotted Inka Marka and they kindly obliged to having their photo with us. I was well chuffed and went back to watch the last act really buzzing.
Polish band Shannon were last to perform their Celtic music, with the main emphasis been on a violin and flute, although a keyboard and guitar were also prominent. It was a really good performance although it only came in as my second favourite, behind you guessed it, INKA MARKA! To round the day off, i met one of the guys from the Black Umfolosi and then we ran into Inka Marka again, just as they were about to go on stage for the final farewell.