On our last night of the Borneo World Music Expo, the Sarawak Tourism Board introduces us to groups from Indonesia, Singapore, and the Malaysian state, Kelantan.
Geng Wak Long comes from one of my favorite states of Peninsula Malaysia, Kelantan. A traditonal area known for its arts and crafts like shadow puppets and kite-making, it’s also a musical region so I’m not surprised that all the drums this group plays were made by the grandfather in this family group. They have won many awards. See here, and find them on Facebook
Ding Yi Music Company comes from Singapore and these young people form a prestigious Chinese chamber music ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from traditional Chinese music through to avant-garde contemporary works.
Manjalin Raso, Java, Indonesia, is dedicated to conserving their culture and traditional music. They are also innovative and experimental: last night even had a dideridu in their lineup of many instruments. I will add a short video of their performance once I have formatted it!
Thanks for the Sarawak Tourism Board, Malaysian Airlines, and the Hilton for assisting with my travel and travel costs.