As I mentioned in a previous entry, I went to the Ilford Malaysian Fest a few weekends ago - just wanted to share these 2 pics with you.
There was a cultural show during the fest - with some dancers dancing makyong or some other traditional dances. I think there were some male dancers too, with kuda kepang but I didn't wait to see them because I was really there for the food stalls.
But imagine my amusement went I saw the musicians. NOT ONE of them were Malaysian. They were instead dodgy looking mat salehs wearing songkok and baju Melayu - some even looking very much like some rocker melayu in a raya edition URTV with their long curly locks, sun glasses and open necked baju!
It was a funny sight although they played well enough. I suppose they couldn't find any traditional Malay music clubs/ groups here in the UK.
A pity. I should have liked to play that gamelan myself..if only I had known how to.
(as usual, I apologise if the pics are not very sharp - as my normal readers know, I take my pics with my Nokia N70. With enough light, they can turn out quite good, but a slight movement when clicking can reduce the pics to a blur..)