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Zee Avi to perform at Rainforest World Music Festival!

SARAWAK’S international songbird Zee Avi will be performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)!

Awesome! Another reason to get tickets for this year’s show!

She will be performing on the opening night of July 13.

Daily tickets are priced at RM110 for adults and RM55 for children aged 3 to 12. Tickets are now available online via the RWMF site.

Three-day passes for adults cost RM300, while for children they are RM150.

Sarawakians last got to see Zee perform at her Dewan Sri Undangan concert back in November.

The Anugerah Ikon Belia winner is an artist under Jack Johnson’s Bushfire Records.

Prior to coming home to Sarawak, she is scheduled to perform at Mountain Jam on May 31.

The festival in upstate New York is a four-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 50 bands on four stages at the world class Hunter Mountain ski resort.

Someone else performing at the festival? The legendary Steve Winwood!

Anyway Zee has been quite a busy bee.

She performed throughout the US in February with shows in New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Maryland and North Carolina.

Did you know that Zee features on the Bob Dylan tribute album ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan’ which was released this year? She covered the track ‘Tomorrow Is A Long Time’.

Also covering songs on the album? Patty Smith, Rise Against, Pete Townshend, Diana Krall, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Sugarland, Joe Perry, and Bad Religion just to name a few!

Zee’s song ‘Monte’, which was featured on the second season finale of US drama ‘The Practice’, has more recently been used by the Surfrider Foundation for a compilation of its 3 Second Movie Contest. You can find the video here.

It is great to see that Zee is getting much deserved recognition in the US. Now how about us Sarawakians?

Got your RWMF tickets yet?

The report from the New Straits Times

Rainforest festival to feature Zee Avi

KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2012, to be held from July 13 to 15, at the Sarawak Cultural Village will feature Sarawak’s very own Zee Avi performing on its opening night.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg recently said this would be the new approach for RWMF 2012 where local talents, globally known, would be promoted.

He said the Sarawak Tourism Board would slowly build up the festive mood from May onwards by staging performances by local arts schools and dance academy students at the Tourism Complex, Museum Garden and Kuching Waterfront.

“We want to provide an opportunity for our local performing arts students to pursue their career in music, apart from making Kuching a city of music,” said Abang Johari.

As a festival which has been recognised as the top 25 best international festivals by Songlines, a renowned world music magazine, RWMF will continue to improve by inviting world music performers.

To date, 13 bands, made up of musicians from various countries, have confirmed their attendance.

These bands include Le Trio Joubran of Palestine; the Khusugtun of Mongolia; Raiz De Cafezal, a group of Brazillian Amazonian Indians; Oreka Tx, a Basque band from Spain; La Zikabilo of France; and the String Sisters, comprising fiddlers from Scandinavian countries, Scotland, Ireland and the United States.

Apart from Zee Avi, other Malaysian musicians who have been invited to perform include Samuel Dass and Prakash, Diplomats of Drum and Rhythm of Borneo, who are from Sarawak.

Daily tickets priced at RM110 for adults and RM55 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available online.

Three-day passes for adults costing RM300 and RM150 for children are also available.

About 30,000 people are expected at this unique gathering of music with an estimated spin-off of RM37 million to the local economy.

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