Jungle Music

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From July 8-10, the jungle-clad foothills of Sarawak's Mount Santubong will come alive with a gorgeous cacophony of sounds. Once again it won't be the cawing hornbills or chattering silvered leaf monkeys that are responsible, but the three-day Rainforest World Music Festival (rainforestmusic-borneo.com), now in its eighth year and attracting some 20,000 attendees annually to the east Malaysian state.

Aside from the spectacular equatorial setting, the event has an impeccable musical pedigree; and this year's bill features 16 acts, from Roma (or gypsy) minstrels to Mongolian throat singers to percussionists from the Ivory Coast. Among the...

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