Versatile Sinah in Kelabit performance

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  • Saturday, 25 Oct 2014

KUCHING: A special presentation of a “lakuh” or Kelabit song that provides a rare view of events from a woman’s perspective will be held at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak here today.

It will be performed by Sinah Radu Ulun, one of the last singers of her generation who has a versatile repertoire of songs from the Kelabit oral tradition.

The song of Dayang provides an insight into the pre-Christian world of the Kelabit as she remembers the death feast of her late mother. In order for such a feast to be possible, large amounts of “borak” (rice wine) had to be brewed in precious Chinese jars.

The hospitality of the host was a measure of the success of the feast. However, Dayang’s husband over-extended in hospitality and she was forced to give up her turguoise glass beads for more rice, but by the end of the song Dayang emerged triumphant.

The performance will be accompanied by a lecture by Datin Valerie Mashman, who is currently conducting research on oral history in the Kelabit highlands for a doctoral thesis.

The event is presented by Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) and is open to the public.

Entry is free and no registration is required. For more information, email

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