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Wantok Musik Foundation to launch in PNG next month

Wantok Singsing (Wantok Musik)
AMY CHAPMAN

ON Saturday 9 April, in association with the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery, the Wantok Musik Foundation will be launched in Papua New Guinea with a live concert at the Nora Vagi Brash Amphitheatre.

Wantok Musik Foundation, formed in Melbourne in 2006, records, releases and promotes culturally important music and arts from Melanesia as well as facilitating connections between Indigenous Australia and the Melanesian region.

The aim of the launch is to introduce the foundation and music label to PNG and provide a platform for promoting and preserving PNG cultures through music and the arts within the region and throughout the world.

The concert will feature performers George Telek, Richard Mogu, Ben Hakalitz, Pius Wasi, Radical Son (Tonga), Tha Feelstyle (Samoa) and many more.

It will bring together the local community to celebrate our cultures and traditions.

In the days leading up to the performance, Wantok musicians and directors will facilitate a series of workshops with local students, youths and young artists, with information sessions from APRA AMCOS on the importance of collection agencies and copyright as well as celebrating culture and identity in artistic creation and performance.

The launch is supported by The Christensen Fund, PNG Air and the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. Read more about Wantok Musik at its website here.

 

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