As the haze cleared in the region, musicians, fans and journalists alike descended on Malaysian Borneo for the coveted jamboree that is the Rainforest World Music Festival.
The setting for the 16th incarnation was again Sarawak Cultural Village, nestled between rainforest and sea an hour's drive from the regional capital Kuching. It's a spectacular site, ideally suited for such an event with its natural amphitheatre affording two stages for the evening performances, and handful of permanent structures to host the workshops during the days. For this reason and more, London-based Songlines world music magazine has included the festival in the top 25 of the world for the past four years, this year being no exception.
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