Tok Save from David Bridie: Young PNG Musicians Wanted!

Wantok Musik Foundation

Since the inception of Tubuans & Dukduks, David Bridie has been a regular reader and commentator of my blog – particularly on posts concerning PNG music.

I don’t usually do this, but I feel that the best way to show my support for David and his iniatives in regard to developing and promoting PNG music onto the world stage (among many other things related to PNG and greater Melanesia) is to endorse his latest comment – by making a post out of it. This is what David has to say:

Hey Wantoks,

We at Wantok are very interested in hearing demo recordings of ol yangpela artist bilong PNG who work in a similar vein to Tony Subam (Sanguma) and George Telek, i.e., mixing traditional recordings and sing-sings with western approaches to music recording and/or making cultural music from PNG that can communicate to audiences outside of PNG. We need to hear the next generation of artists coming through who are proud and strong. There will be recordings with Wantok and new Sing-Sing collaborations and tours. Airi Ingram and I are interested in hearing from both men and women who want to put their hands up in the air – artists who are proud of their ples and their culture and their songs. Please email me at The time is right for Melanesian music to kamap strong! I imagine this website is the meeting place for like minds for developing PNG music to painim ples bilong em.

Tenkyu tru. Boina tuna.

David Bridie

David Bridie and George Telek - An Enduring RelationshipI absolutely agree with David when he says that the time is now right for Melanesian music to kamap strong, and what better way to do that than to develop the next generation of PNG musical artists?

Please pass the word around to anybody you may think will be interested. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime – don’t miss it!


To see David Bridie’s orginal comment, click here.

To find out more about the Wantok Musik Foundation, click here.

~ by Tavurvur on February 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Tok Save from David Bridie: Young PNG Musicians Wanted!”

  1. David/GeorgeT: Thanks for following up with the idea to “strongim melanesian musik.” I look forward to the day when we as musicians and composers can stand proud and say – Yes! we contributed and continue to contribute to PNG’s Gross Domestic Product. Good luck and God-speed and hope we can export music on a permanent basis.

  2. any of us who desire to extract,preserve,update peles music and cultural expressions in the current music setting,please don’t forget to perform the required custom to get tribal consent.

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