Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe-Farewell to Camake

Taiwu Ancient Ballads TroupeFarewell to CamakeTaiwanHeavenly Paiwan Singing

10/31(Sun.) 21:00

Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe

The Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe is the most internationally renowned group of traditional Paiwan singers. Excelling at a cappella as well as crossover creations that integrate a contemporary music vocabulary, they interpret the polyphonic music of their ancestors with their natural, sentiment-filled voices, which have been described as “heavenly music that allows one to see the mountains and hear the breeze.” A gem of Taiwan that is highly sought after by organizers of music festivals and cultural events around the world, they have performed at major events in over 20 countries, such as the International Festival of Oriental Music in Estonia, Jeonju International Sori Festival in Korea, and Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia. In 2019, they hit another milestone in becoming the only Taiwanese group to ever take the main stage at the massive, globally distinguished WOMADelaide and Womad New Zealand.


In 2010, their first crossover album, Where the Songs Begin, was nominated for five awards at the 23rd Golden Melody Awards and won the prize for Best Traditional Interpretation Music. In 2013, their album To and From the Heart won Best Indigenous Album at the 25th Golden Melody Awards.


Camake Valaule

A transmitter of Paiwan culture, Camake Valaule formed the Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe in 2004 and, through the group, brought ancient Paiwan singing to the world stage. Over the past 17 years, he has led the troupe in “singing our songs in the name of our village and telling our story through the medium of music.” The achievements he has made for traditional singing created a trajectory for the revival of Paiwan art and culture and are an important aspect of the record of music history in Taiwan. We salute Camake through singing and music and will forever remember his short yet brilliant life as a musician.