RWMF at WOMEX in Spain
Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) participated in the 24th edition of Womex – The World Music Expo at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain from Oct 24–28.
With such a positive enquiries from international bands and artistes, it comes as no surprise that Sarawak can become a key market to music lovers all over the world”, said STB Events and Corporate Relations director Angelina Bateman.
Attending the event with the RWMF organising staff were award-winning Sarawak band and two-time RWMF star group, Nading Rhapsody, who are known for their blend of traditional and contemporary Sarawak music.
Represented by Royston Kulleh and Azhfar Raimi, Nading Rhapsody hoped to gain as much international experience as possible from this renowned world music expo.
“Attending Womex is a big step for us and an opportunity to promote the unique music from Sarawak,” said Royston Kulleh. He and Azhfar Raimi represented Nading Rhapsody at the expo.
RWMF has garnered international recognition in the 21 years it has been held, with over 20,000 festival goers attending in 2018
The Sarawak Tourism Board believes in giving Sarawakian music artistes opportunities to perform at an international level as RWMF continues to bring in global music audience, as well as facilitating their presence in the international world music scene.
“STB provides an avenue for representatives to attend this international event with us and promote themselves on the international music scene, in the hope that they would be able to perform on their own at international events outside Malaysia and prove that Sarawak has something unique to offer in terms of music and culture,” said Angelina Bateman, STB Director of Events and Corporate Services, as well as organising director of the RWMF.
Womex which has travelled all over Europe since 1994 is recognised as the most important international professional market of world music.