Basiwali: A modern fusion of Taiwanese and Madagascan folk music

Chalaw Courtesy of ShoLar

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York would like to invite all music enthusiasts to the “Basiwali” performances on August 17 and 19, featuring two musicians with indigenous Austronesian roots from the two ends of the Pacific Ocean—Chalaw from Taiwan's Amis tribe and Kilema from Madagascar's Malkasi tribe.

On a mission to share Taiwan's aboriginal music with the world in a new and exciting format, Chalaw and Kilema will be collaborating on a fusion of folk music with Bossa Nova rhythms. With the clean sound of the acoustic guitar, enthusiastic drumming and heavy vocals, Basiwali brings forth the music of the natural world.

As described by Basiwali, its music moves audiences in a way as if “being hugged by both ends of the Pacific—sometimes stormy, sometimes calm—but always in safe hands in the good ship Basiwali, and sailing on the wide, beautiful ocean.”

Performance information

  • Friday, August 17, 8 PM | Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354)

Tickets: $16 / $10 Members & Students

  • Sunday, August 19, 7 PM | The Public Theater & Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place, New York, NY 10003)

Ticket Price: $20.00

For more information, please visit Taipei Cultural Center