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Tony Subam
Tony Subam

COOPER-LILY NIKORA | Wantok Musik Foundation

PORT MORESBY - The Wantok Musik Foundation in association with APRA AMCOS has announced the second intake of Tony Subam Fellowship applications for 2018.

The annual fellowship is open to any band in Papua New Guinea with a strong element of cultural expression in its work.

The fellowship was named in honour of the late Tony Subam, former member of the band Sanguma which pioneered the use of traditional PNG music and songs in harmony with western styles.

The winner will be a band or group which the judges believe builds on exporting the sounds and performances Tony Subam achieved with Sanguma and during his association with Foundation until his death on Christmas Day 2011.

The foundation shares Tony’s strong belief that PNG’s traditional songs and sounds are unique to our music and that Papua New Guineans must be proud of their cultural heritage and roots.

In January 2016, the Wantok Musik Foundation, together with APRA AMCOS, launched the inaugural Tony Subam Fellowship – announcing the first ever winners, Sambra Aikit.

Paying tribute to traditional Papua New Guinean music, Sambra Aikit maintained its cultural roots, intricately weaving Melanesian elements with contemporary music across the four tracks of the debut release, Motomse.

The recipient of this year’s fellowship will be awarded a recording session with a professional producer and sound engineer in Port Moresby.

The recordings will be released on the internationally-recognised Wantok Musik label alongside artists such as Telek, Mogu, Black Paradise and the Pidia Kaur Group.

The leader of the winning band will be mentored by producer David Bridie to learn the skills required to discover the right path for their music.

To apply, you need to provide the following information to Amy Chapman here: [email protected].

- The name of your group

- A brief description of your group (individuals can also apply)

- Samples of your music (only digital files accepted)

- A photo of your group

- Your contact details.

Applications close on Sunday 8 April 2018 at 5:30pm Australian time.


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