Hello, my name is Salomon Gau and I am a traditional dancer, sampe’ and jatung utang maker and player from the Long Ikang Kenyah, Baram community.
Inu denga kem Tuyang? (How are you doing my friends?) My name is John Wan Usang, the other co-founder of The Tuyang Initiative.
The film, directed by Dain Said and produced by Apparat, the company that also produced the award-winning feature films Bunohan and Interchange, aims to celebrate indigenous East Malaysian culture, and to nurture greater cross-cultural awareness between East and West Malaysia while celebrating Malaysia’s rich cultural heritage through film.
This will go a long way in helping our work in building the right modules that will help create sustainable alternative income opportunities through cultural heritage, but which will also lead to the development and preservation of tradition, art & culture.
We have the honour of working with Mathew Ngau Jau, a Kenyah Sape master performer and maker. The opportunity to learn and understand his passion and drive in the instrument and the Kenyah culture is something that does not come along easily.