The Music Festival

The insanity was, here again, using an adrenalin rush which will entertain you and abandon you invested, yet wanting more. I am discussing the infectious fever of the Rainforest World Music Festival, a renowned and much expected 3-day global musical extravaganza organized by Sarawak Tourism Board yearly from the month of July.

Held at the heartland of Borneo, especially in the Sarawak Cultural Village at Santubong region, 35 kilometres from Kuching, Sarawak, the Rainforest World Music Festival is famous for its varied representation of world music. Tickets into the Rainforest World Music Festival were caught so quickly that it could make anyone’s head spin. I was fortunate to be allocated two tickets, valued at RM110 a ticket, sponsored by my business, and before you can say “Wonderful”, I had invited my very best friend to go with me. We didn’t attend the audio workshops throughout the day because of work commitments, but we certainly went into the audio performances that day, a night you would rather not miss out.

Driving from Kuching City into the Rainforest World Music Festival pickup point in Santubong took approximately 40 minutes, a little longer since there was more traffic on the street. No personal vehicles were permitted to drive straight to Sarawak Cultural Village; the most important place of the Rainforest World Music Festival found another 10-15 minutes drive away. In the pick-up stage, we chose the transfer trainer, costing at RM5 per person one approach into the Rainforest World Music Festival.

What a sight to behold… there have been hundreds and thousands of individuals, gathering and grinding across the entrances, enclosing compounds and point regions of the Rainforest World Music Festival; and in a glance, over fifty percent of those people there were overseas people. This was how popular and famous that the Rainforest World Music Festival was after its earliest beginning in 1998, which makes this calendar year 2011, its 14th season as the greatest and most prosperous music festival event showcasing traditional, mix and modern music from around the globe.

I briefly browsed the regional handicrafts available in the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar held in combination with the music festival, however, wasn’t curious enough to purchase any. On the flip side, the vibrant selection of ceramic carvings and ethnic-designed costume jewelry seemed to be hot things, particularly with overseas visitors who presumably purchased them as souvenirs.

The Rainforest World Music Festival had evolved through the years to develop into a significant social occasion, which has been a part of its global or worldwide allure, as where there were individuals of diverse backgrounds, young and old, music, meals and beverages, such as beers and wine, all assembled in 1 location, there were bound to be a lot of merrymaking!

Of the 21 circles representedthe favorites were Frigg out of Finland, Joaquin Diaz Band in Dominican Republic, and Lisa Haley and the Zydecats from USA.

All of the bands were great but the fast thrilling Afro-Caribbean merengue songs by the bigupsgh website of the Dominican Republic dominated the day, as did the most lively and lively Louisana songs by Lisa Haley and the Zydecats of all USA. Lisa Haley is a grammy nominee who played with innovative Louisana music inside her very own neo-traditional zydeco/Cajun style. The rhythmic beats together with the extreme atmosphere full of varied musical repertoire in the Rainforest World Music Festival were electrifying.

Surprisingly, in the middle of the enormous boisterous audiences, standing room only, we met a few buddies, ready to party long into the evening and have a fantastic great time in the Rainforest World Music Festival. First came the beers and after five rounds of “one-go”, my friend has been dizzy and feeling the effects of the alcohol. Next on the list had been red wines and from this stage, we determined it was time to depart and head homeward.

We chose the move trainer back to the pickup stage and carefully drove back to Kuching. The journey back was be more than normal, as it had been interspersed with sudden stops for throw-up sessions with my friend, about 4-5 days, I think. I had been much sober and looking forward to the next year’s Rainforest World Music Festival and yet another unforgettable musical experience.