At Tavern Kitchen & Bar, we have a variety of interesting and colourful activities and performances every other day to entertain our patrons. Every second Saturday of the month, our guests can watch authentic traditional Sumazau and Magunatip bamboo live performances, from 4pm – 5pm.
A popular folk dance in Sabah, Sumazau is a traditional dance of the Kadazandusun, usually performed during the annual harvest festival celebrations in the month of May. Sumazau was inspired by eagles flying in the sky, witnessed by resting farmers. It is based on the eagles’ flying patterns, where each dancer only moves a few centimetres away from the other dancers without touching them. In the olden days, the dance was performed by farmers, both male and female, wearing their traditional clothes. The performance is commonly accompanied by the music of six gongs of various sizes and a drum with a special rhythm.
Meanwhile, the Magunatip dance, popularly known as the ‘bamboo dance’, is one of the most well-known dances in Sabah. The name ‘Magunatip’ originated from the word ‘apit’, which means ‘to press between two surfaces’. Historically, the dance was performed to welcome Murut headhunters when they returned to their village victorious. The dance requires good coordination and agility, because dancers must put their feet between the clapping bamboo poles without being trapped. There are two types of bamboo clapping styles, which are the parallel and cross styles. As the tempo increases, so does the speed of the bamboo poles clapping together. It gets harder and harder for dancers to keep up, and the audience will watch with excitement to see which dancer can last the longest, till the end.
Besides the Sumazau and Magunatip dances, visitors can enjoy other live performances, such as our popular live band featuring the award-winning songstress Esther Applunius every Wednesday, Friday to Sunday, from 8pm till 11pm. To quicken your heart rate, there’s also belly dancing performances every first Saturday of the month, from 12 noon to 2pm. Our graceful belly dancers will mesmerise and charm you!
So, be sure to come to Tavern Kitchen & Bar at Imago Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu for good food and great performances. It will surely be an unforgettable experience for the senses!
Watch our Blowpipe Demonstration in Tavern Kitchen & Bar Restaurant.