Wild Rhythm
Evanna Ramly | 12 Jan 2018 00:30
Ninda recording sounds in the rainforest of Kalasou Valley, West Papua

The first time Ninda Felina set foot in one of North Sumatra’s lush forests was with Greenpeace in 2014. “We were shooting for a documentary film entitled Silent Heroes,” recalls the Indonesian musical artiste. “To then experience the pristine jungle of Malagufuk Village in West Papua first-hand, to see and hear the cendrawasih bird, and meet the people who lived in and depended on the forests for their future was incredible.”

Little surprise she was eager to collaborate with international music producer Ben Rosen and the Save Our Sounds (SOS) Project by Greenpeace South East Asia to create a unique dance track using recorded sounds of the jungle to raise public awareness of deforestation.

“I’ve been volunteering with Greenpeace for several years now and have had the opportunity to experience the beauty and horror of Indonesia’s forests and their destruction,” she reveals. “In 2016, I even joined the Greenpeace Indonesia-led Forests Fire Prevention Team to help tackle the problem first-hand. Part of that included brainstorming ways we could make the story of the forests more accessible, and that was where the seeds of the SOS idea came from.”