I went to watch the full-dress rehearsal of the World Drums Festival in Dataran Merdeka last night. It was a colorful and very entertaining event as every participating country was performing superbly despite the event being just a rehearsal.
Though, two things playing in my mind...
1. Of eight countries participating, only Venezuela is geographically outside the Asian region, which would be more appropriate if the event is called Asian Drums Festival (with Venezuela as special appearance nation).
2. Malaysia is represented by YAWA Eco Drum Circle, a musical percussion group that incorporates everyday object/recyclable materials, such as plastic bottles, pots & pans, basins, plastic bags, that are turned into musical percussion instruments. Call it creative or stupid, they were chosen to represent Malaysia, a country where various types of gendang can be found, namely kompang, rebana, rebana ubi, gong, etc etc.
Anyway, enjoy this video clip from the show last night...
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Posted at 2:18 AM