Our trip to Penang during the weekend brought us up to the Penang World Music Festival 2008 held at the Botanical Gardens. The tickets were RM50.00 each and it was a wonderful experience to be there to listen to world class performers beating, blowing and singing out their tunes.
We were there for the performances on the 3 May but we did not manage to stay right till the end as we were tired, exhausted and hot after a long hot day moving around Penang.
The most memorable performances that caught my attention was a Hindi like group which has a women spinning round and round on the spot for the entire duration of the performance, which was like for a good 5 minutes. She then walked away without looking tipsy at all! I also enjoyed the Irish performers which belted out some nice irish tunes on their violins and flutes. The last performance I managed to catch before we headed off was by a Canadian group from Montreal singing in Canadian French more of acapella style. Their voices were harmoneous and soothing and they were an all women group except for a guy who was creating the tunes and rhythm just by using some simple tools and his feet.
All in all it was a great outing. I now have a feel of what its like at the Rainforest Music Festival held in Sarawak. This was probably a preview of whatever happens over there! Don’t think I’ll be making a trip over there soon so this will have to do for now. Am already happy as a fiddle.
For more details on the festival which you might want to attend next year, you can check it out at http://www.penangworldmusicfestival.com/