Some of the renowned musical groups will be coming back to The Rainforest World Music Festival to commemorate its 10th anniversary this year.

The festival, which won the PATA Gold Award 2006 under the Heritage and Culture category, will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village from July 13-15. Organisers Sarawak Tourism Board said the festival would be a reunion of the big names in world music.

It said many music lovers were very excited about the return of several international musical groups. The groups in the line-up include the Inka Marka from Peru, Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe, Shooglenifty from Scotland and Aseana Percussion Unit from Kuala Lumpur, Huun Huur Tu from Tuva, Malerji from Russia, Chac Chi from Vietnam, Ensemble Kaboul (Afghanistan), Shannon (Poland), Foghorn Stringband (USA), Tarika Be (Madagascar), Tammora (Italy), Mas Y Mas (UK), Doghouse Skiffle Band (UK), Mah Meri (Kuala Lumpur) and Randy Raine Reusch (Canada). Also performing will be local groups including Anak A'dik Rurum, Jerry Kamit, Taboh Pak Ainal and Kelapang Kelabit Bamboo Band.

A one-day ticket is priced at RM80 each for adults and RM40 each for children below 12. A three-night's ticket costs RM200 each for adults and RM100 each for children. Tickets are now available at Visitors' Information Centers in Kuching, Sibu and Miri or could be purchased online at www.ticketcharge.com.my.

The festival, which is listed as one of the top 50 Visit Malaysia Year 2007 events, has the support of the Federal Tourism Ministry and state Urban Development and Tourism Ministry. The organiser said return shuttle bus services would be provided at the city center for the public to go to the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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