Beautiful Colours of Penang World Music Festival.

30th March 2012.

I know I've been talking way too much about Penang World Music Festival. That's only because I look forward to it. It has been absent from the Penang scene for quite some time and in 2012, it is back. They're saying they want it to be a yearly recurrence. I'll be the first one looking out for it every year.

I can still remember the first year I was there. It didn't live up to its hype. It was so much smaller than Kuching's Rainforest World Music Festival. But still, it rained and I remember clearly the few of us dancing in the rain. It was great and such a nice feeling to be able to feel the music that transcends culture and geography.

The second one was such a blur. It wasn't great. I didn't like it. I remember a friend of mine Samantha being there but I was disappointed in the act and the energy.

Thank god, this year it came back. With a vengeance. I was a part of their photography team and being there to capture this event was phenomenal. The crowd, the atmosphere, the acts, the stage, the people... everything was top class. One thing for sure people... if you're there for the experience, it didn't disappoint. If you're there expecting the place to explode, you might want to simmer down. At the end of the day, be there with an open mind and be prepared to make a fool out of yourself. You'll come out wiser.

Now, let's take a look at the scene.

First up was Rentak Balai representing Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Then we had Phong Nguyen Ensemble originating from Vietnam. Their folklore tunes were enigmatic and it was genuinely beautiful. After PNE, it was time for Will Crummer& the Rarotongans hailing all the way from New Zealand. Their upbeat music and vocals brought the place to their feet and we were mesmerized by Will and his family. Griff Trio from Belgium came up next with their beautiful bagpipes. They played the tunes of different bagpipes originating from different cultures and places. After that, Wild Marmalade from Australia came on and they were absolutely pumping with their high-energy dances. The didjeridoo tune was an eye opener. It totally rocked the place. Finally, our own Malaysia ASEANA Percussion Unit came on with their 10 piece extravaganza. I didn't stay for the after-party featuring The FIX but Saturday will be a whole different ballgame.


Here's a short and mini compilation of the sounds that went on during the event. At 2:00, things start to get pretty interesting and people were jumping! Would you join in the fun?

April 1, 2012



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