2013 Performers Line Up




AKASHA (Malaysia)

AkashA have performed at festivals in USA, South Africa, China, Korea, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia (including the Rainforest World Music Festival) and continue to enjoy success with two albums released. With their name taken from the ancient Sanskrit, meaning thereal space, or bountiful space, AkashA represents a fusion of the various cultures prevalent in Malaysian society. With Malay influences wedded to Chinese and Indian embellishments, their music is tied together with an international sensibility that has compelled them to explore and incorporate World Music traditions into their music. They seek to ‘explore beyond the boundaries of tradition, beyond the constraints of culture’ with a mission to ‘dazzle, to enthrall, to delight, and to move you’.


MU (Portugal)


With their origins in Portugal, Mu bring a folk sensibility to their sound, with ambitions to get everybody up and dancing. They have transcended labels with regards to references to their music, having incorporated the folk traditions of Europe into their sound and venturing even further afield in search of rhythms and melodies that make up their dynamic live performances. They are a six piece group including vocals, bazouki and hurdy gurdy, anchored by cello and percussion. In true folk tradition, we can expect songs that invoke the passions and give rise to dance and expression.


Kimi Djabate’ (West Africa)

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Kimi Djabaté was raised in Tabato, Guinea-Bissau, a village known for its griots, hereditary singer-poets whose songs of praise and tales of history and legends play an essential role in Africa’s musical life. Centuries ago, Djabaté’s ancestors, a wandering troupe of musicians from Mali, traveled to the region and the king of Guinea so loved their songs he invited them to stay and offered them the territory of Tabato.  Kimi continues this tradition and has succeeded in bringing this to the world at large. Singing and playing the balafon, the Guinean xylophone, Kimi’s second album, Karam reached No.1 on the European World Music Charts and received accolades from Billboard.


Saharadja (Indonesia)

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Formed in Bali in 2002 by acclaimed Indonesian trumpeter and vocalist Rio Sidik, and Western Australian violinist Sally Jo, Saharadja takes the inherent spirituality of their home island of Bali and promises to take the beauty of all things and transform them into music.  This energetic 8 piece group plays range of instruments including the trumpet, electric violin, didgeridoo, sitar, djembe, sarod, darabuka, Irish tin whistle, congas, fretless bass, drums and a large assortment of percussion instruments. Their free form jazz roots are evident in their sound and the improvisatory nature of jazz has allowed them to branch into a terrific range of rhythmic traditions deriving from India, the Middle East, continental Europe, South America, Africa, China, and the British Isles.


Inka Marka (South America)

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From the magnificent highlands of the Andes in South America, this band has forged a reputation for entertainment and an authentic presentation of the best of South American ethnic music. Based in Australia but comprised of musicians from South America, Inka Marka have toured the world extensively and have performed in Malaysia several times before. This will be their second appearance at the Penang World Music Festival, the first being in 2007, and the majesty of the Andes and the music of ancient civilisations and their contemporary versions will take flight once again in Malaysia.


Kalayo (Philiphines)

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The members of Kalayo (which means ‘fire’) come from all over the archipelago that is the Philippines. Their sound is best described as melodic pop/rock with a firm foundation in the folk tradition of the Philippines, which in itself is a rich amalgamation of diverse cultures. Kalayo are also known to dig deep into the grooves and funk it out against a backdrop of cool tropical rhythms, and this 8 piece band will be sure to inject a sense of island inspired frivolity.




Nasout was founded in 1999 under the name of “Sheida music group” in Esfahan (one of the city of Iran). The group changed its name from Sheida to Nasout in 2000. Nasout means “dusty universe” (the nature of human existence) and the name was chosen because of it has a connection with the group’s artistic style. The instruments and music of Nasout are largely traditional, going back to deep Persian and Farsi roots, in an effort to preserve and popularise these ancient forms of music to a contemporary audience.