KUCHING: Experimental world music band At Adau emerged champion of the Waterfront Music Fest 2016 band search competition held at Godown Amphitheatre, Kuching Waterfront here recently, winning the opportunity to perform in front of thousands at the prestigious Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in 2017.
For their achievement, At Adau bagged a trophy, cash prize of RM1,500, and a certificate. Loka Projek and Rawi were first and second runner-ups, respectively.
Organised by Kuching Waterfront Management in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, the three-day event themed ‘Feel the Rhythm of the World’ that started on July 21 aimed to give an opportunity for up-and-coming bands to perform at the RWMF.
Other competing bands included Intan Buskers, Pinanak Senta, CAC’s bands and Burnin Leaves Nation. They were judged by Sarawak Cultural Village head of heritage resource centre Narawi Rashidi, RWMF artistic director Yeoh Jun Lin, and music composer Stephen Chin.
RWMF2016 will take place at Sarawak Cultural Village from Aug 5-7. It will feature a treasure trove of music, arts, crafts, food and culture with nightly performances from 26 local and international performing groups and over 30 workshops.
Festival tickets and updates are available online or from ticketing agents listed at www.rwmf.net, with pre-sale prices available until Aug 4.
RWMF has been voted one of the top 25 World Music Festivals by Songlines Magazine for six years in a row and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines Berhad as the presenting sponsor.