Penang World Music Festival 2015

Penang World Music Festival 2015 1Penang Tourism brings two nights of Global Music and Culture at the Penang World Music Festival 2015, happening on the 11 & 12 April 2015. The festival will be held at the Esplanade, George Town, Penang.

Music lovers can expect a wide array of musicians from all over the world performing a fusion of traditional and contemporary world music at the UNESCO Heritage City’s most iconic site, the Esplanade.

Aside from the rousing grooves, festival goers can also look forward to get up close and personal with the musicians by attending the complimentary music workshops that will be held at the largest standing 100 year old standing fort in Malaysia, Fort Cornwallis.

Experience two nights of global music and culture. The Penang World Music Festival returns on the 11th & 12th of April 2015. This time at the iconic Esplanade in George Town, Penang.

Enjoy stellar performances by international musicians from Spain, Germany, South Africa, India and more. Listen to musical stories from the four corners of the world. Marvel at the fusion of historic and contemporary, right in our UNESCO Heritage City.

Enrich your musical experience with workshops by our invited artists. Explore their experience, sate your curiosity and learn musical technique. There’s something for everyone at the PWMF2015 !

Step into a part of history, as the PWMF2015 workshop sessions invite you within the imposing Fort Cornwallis. Built a century ago to protect the beach front from invasion, it’s now a window into our storied past. And the perfect venue for an event that brings together people from around the world in a celebration of our common humanity.

Organized By: Penang State Tourism

When: 6.00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th April, 2015

Venue : The Esplanade, Padang Kota Lama, Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

Artistes Line Up:

Dizu Plaatjies – South Africa

PWMF2015DizuDizu Plaatjies & Ibumyambo” is a well-known music group from Cape Town, South Africa. Dizu, the lead singer, has performed all over the world for the past 15 years. Just recently, the group performed a Sold-Out show at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dizu liberally mixes various traditional African instruments and songs with his own original lyrics and melodies. For example on the title track, Ibuyambo, he has arranged a melody from Zimbabwe for marimbas associated with Mozambique and placed a Congolese choir over the instruments. On Equonce, he applies elements of Hip-Hop music and the tongue clicks of the San people, to the rural chant from children’s game. In this way he has created a unique neo-traditional blend of sounds.

Ajinai – Mongolia

PWMF2015AjinaiAjinai, formed in Beijing in 2009 and comprised of members culled from across China, is dedicated to bringing traditional Mongolian music into the 21st Century.

The band’s roots are planted firmly in the Mongolian grasslands, but their youth andexperience lends a unique and contemporary twist to the traditional music.

The group’smusic is fueled by two important Mongolian elements: the morin khuur, or horse-headfiddle, a symbol of the Mongolian people, and khoomei, also known as throat-singing, which features the simultaneous sound of several pitches emanating from one voice.

Annuluk – Germany

Penang World Music Festival 2015 AnnulukAnnuluk has been around since 2011, their musical styles range from archaic shamanism and temple chants that penetrates the sensitive concerted band and slowly moving up to present urban rhythms and electronic sound design,

They have released two albums so far named “Ushna” and “Malam” along with a bonus cd titled “Metamorphosis”. They have won several awards and recognitions. Among them, they are winner of Creole-central Germany in 2013 and were crowned as best newcomer with the Via Vut Indie Award 2014.

Trad.Attack! – Estonia Penang World Music Festival 2015 TradTrad.Attack! is a real dance-along turbo-Nordic-folk band,which brings back the energy, purity and sincerity of Estonian folk music.

Trad.Attack! incorporates three skillful superstars of modern folk music. Sandra Sillamaa (Estonian bagpipe, Jew’s harp, saxophone, vocals), Jalmar Vabarna (guitar) and Tõnu Tubli (percussion) are familiar to the audience from numerous bands. As their source of inspiration, the ensemble brings out the superstars of their time, who were accompanied by music at work, home and parties.

The synergy of the three blazes brightly and it is possible that Trad.Attack!’s vital, deeply engineered debut album fitting precisely into the 21st century marks the birth of a new generation in Estonian folk music.

Gus Teja World Music – Bali, Indonesia

PWMF2015GusTejaGus Teja World Music is an ethnic music group that blends traditional musical instruments such as slonding, tingklik, drums, and flute, combined with modern musical instruments like guitar and bass guitar. In 2010, Gus Teja’s first album was released with the title “Rhythm of Paradise,” The album has is one of the best selling Albums in Bali – Indonesia. Gus Teja continues to perform in a multitude of world music festivals as well as ethnic music festival.

Razon De Son – Spain

Penang World Music Festival 2015 Rozan

“Razon De Son”, a Cuban/Flamenco band from Spain. The lead of the band none other than is the award winning Raul Rodriquez.

He founded SON DE LA FRONTERA, an acclaimed band that toured intensely the world and received multiple national and international awards They have received the BBC Music Award, the WMCE Award, Award for Best Flamenco soloist and a Grammy Nomination.

“RAZON DE SON” has been selected for: the Special Production for ETNOSUR Festival 2014, the Official Selection of the MMVV 2014 (Mercat de Música Viva de Vic) and the Official Selection in WOMEX 2014.

Ticketing Information:

Ticket Prices:

RM 83.00 – One day Pass
RM 143.00 – Two day pass

Ticketing Online: +603 92228811 / +604 6459811
Online Booking:

For More Information:

Phone: +016 4110000

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