Indigenous language of Taiwan and traditional folk songs are blended with world music to create a new fusion music movement.

Chalaw pasiwali

In this collaboration, Chalaw pasiwali of the Amis people of Taiwan meets Kilema, a world music maestro of Madagascan descent. The long history of the Austronesian culture flows in the blood of both men, and the resonance of their language and music brings them together as if they are long-lost brothers despite their disparate backgrounds. The musicians engage in an exchange of their native languages and take turns playing their traditional tribal musical instruments. All of this will continue to be protected and preserved, so that indigenous peoples can share the beauty of their cultures with the world with pride.


Chalaw and his band work with the language of the Amis people and traditional folk songs and incorporate the musical styles of different countries and ethnic groups to produce Latin- and Bossa Nova-style music, which are free-spirited and lively. Chalaw has won the Best Aboriginal Singer Award twice in the Golden Melody Awards in 2015 and 2010 respectively, the Best Aboriginal Album Award in 2015, and his work has been nominated for the Best Aboriginal Album Award in 2020. Some of Chalaw's international performances in recent years include tours in France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia, etc. in 2019. He also performed in the East Coast of the United States in the Hello Taiwan! Tour 2018 in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.

  • Project Organization:Basiwali
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  • Project Rep Name:Chalaw pasiwali
  • Project Rep Title:Team Leader