This group, "Basiwali" is a phrase from the Taiwanese indigenous tribe "Pangcah (Amis)" language that literally means "heading eastward". Basi- [verb] prefix moving towards. -wali [noun] suffix the direction of east. Basiwali is go ahead eastbound. Their style can be categorized as Polynesian World Music.
This is a group of two main musicians from two remote areas in the Polynesian landscape. Chalaw is from Taiwan's Amis tribe. Kilema is from Madagascar's Malkasi tribe. Polynesian is a subset of the Austronesian people.
Basiwali is the music of the natural world. It’s made with a clean classical guitar sound and enthusiastic drumming, and vocals that move audiences wherever they’re from, with their Amis melodies and Latin rhymes. It’s truly a unique vision, a fusion of cultures that are deeply related.
It feels like being hugged by both ends of the Pacific - sometimes stormy, sometimes calm - but you’re always in safe hands in the good ship Basiwali, and sailing on the wide, beautiful ocean.