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Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 Performers

Performers Rainforest World Music Festival 2023

The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 will be making a ‘physical’ comeback from 23rd to 25th June at Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, with a massive lineup of almost 200 musicians performing.

The annual festival organised by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will see musicians and fans of world music all the globe congregating, sharing and experiencing different sounds from across the world. The 26th RWMF will be Sarawak’s unforgettable ‘ambassador’, delivering sounds of Sarawak to the ears and hearts of music lovers worldwide.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 Performers

RWMF 2023 Performers
A scene from last year’s Rainforest World Music Festival 2022.

The festival’s lineup will feature a total of 199 musicians from 12 countries across more than three continents to perform a diverse range of music genres, including Grammy Awards winner Gipsy Kings from France of such hits as ‘Djobi Djoba’ and ‘Bamboleo’ set to enthral visitors with their pop-oriented music, distantly derived from traditional flamenco and rumba genres.

Other international performers include ‘Big Mountain’ from Jamaica, ‘Safi Theatre’ from Tanzania, ‘Rastak’ from Iran, ‘Fasylive’ from Maldives, ‘Afriquoi’ from the United Kingdom, ‘Chatusram’ from India, ‘Rizal Hadi & Folk’ from Indonesia and ‘Thai Fusions Sound Band’ from Thailand. The lineup will also include performers from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

YB Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
YB Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah during the launching in Kuching.

Speaking at the launch of the 26th RWMF, Sarawak’s Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, YB Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, shared, “While the international performers are undoubtedly the highlight of the event, we must also acknowledge the exceptional local performers and bands who have thrived as a result of RWMF over the years. They are a testament to the transformative power of music and culture in positively impacting our communities.”

Sharing the theme of this year’s festival, ‘REFLECTIONS’, the Minister invited the audience to reflect on the humble beginnings of RWMF, with merely 300 spectators for its first-ever concert back in 1998.

The event has now become Sarawak’s ‘Star Festival’ and internationally renowned platform, recognised as one of the 25 best International Festivals, placing Sarawak in a position to be the Regional Hub for Music Tourism and Performing Arts.

2023 Rainforest World Music Festival Launch Kuching
The launching of the Rainforest World Music Festival 2023.

Targeting more than 20,000 visitors for Rainforest World Music Festival 2023, Sharzede added that the RWMF’s international recognition had expanded from an acclaimed world music platform to being acknowledged as Sarawak’s keystone festivals that strongly advocates Responsible Tourism in its quest to become one of the world’s most sustainable, eco-friendly festivals.

Performers for RWMF 2023

  • 80 International performers
  • 119 Malaysian performers
  • Total: 199

RWMF 2023 International Acts

  1. Afriquoi (UK)
  2. Big Mountain (Jamaica)
  3. Chatusram (India)
  4. Ethno Thai Fusions Sound Band (Thailand)
  5. Fasylive (Maldives)
  6. Gipsy Kings ft Tonino Baliardo (France)
  7. Rastak (Iran)
  8. Rizal Hadi & Folk (Indonesia)
  9. Safi Theatre (Tanzania)
  10. Kumi Masunaga (Japan)
  11. Syed Ibrahim (Singapore)
At Adau Rainforest World Music Festival
At Adau from Sarawak during the last RWMF.

RWMF 2023 Malaysian Acts

  1. Zee Avi (East Malaysia)
  2. Suk Binie (East Malaysia)
  3. APU (West Malaysia)
  4. Nadir (West Malaysia)
  5. Steve Thornton Band (West Malaysia)
  6. Sada Borneo (East Malaysia)
  7. Tuku Kame (East Malaysia)
  8. Nading Rhapsody (East Malaysia)
  9. Geng Wak Long (West Malaysia)
  10. Buloh Berkocak (East Malaysia)
  11. At Adau (East Malaysia)
  12. Meruked (East Malaysia)
  13. Orang Orang Drum (West Malaysia)

Ticket Prices for RWMF 2023

The ticket prices have been announced below;

Ticket Prices RWMF2023
The RWMF 2023 Ticket Prices.


For more information, please visit the official RWMF website, as tickets can be bought there while there is much more information about the festival. For those interested, please start making arrangements, as the prices are affordable for the early bird tickets.

And don’t forget that the Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 performers this year are quite exciting; therefore, I am definitely going to be there and hope to see you there as well!

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