Byron Bay Bluesfest

Sorong Samarai


PNG/Oz Musician Airileke’s latest project Sorong Samarai brings together rising stars of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia’s underground urban music scene. Heavy beats and fierce log drumming of the Manus Islands combine to create a fresh sound thats truely unique to this part of the globe. Razor sharp lyrics from multilingual MCs Sprigga Mek (PNG) and Ukam Maniczy (Indonesia) bring an insight into the ghetto life of Port Moresby, and the aspirations of freedom for West Papua. Bass man Richard Mogu based in the highlands of PNG and Master percussionist Airileke combine to create one of the most unique rhythm sections in the region bringing ancient Melanesian rhythms to the future. Hauntingly beautiful flutes that depict the Birds of Paradise, chants and sound scapes will take you deep into the jungles of PNG.

Dance duo The Roem Brothers hailing from the highlands of West Papua came to Australia as refugees before they were teenagers, they have since developed one of the freshest forms of Pacific Island dance. Sorong is the name of a town on the northwest tip of West Papua, Samarai is a town on the southeast tip of Papua New Guinea, the band represent the unification of the 2 regions that were once divided and isolated from each other.

The first single of the band “Sorong Samarai” took the Pacific region by storm in 2016 breaking through the silence in the mainstream media on the issue of West Papua. This is music of resistance from one of the newest and harshest urban environments on the planet, right here on Australia’s door step: Papua.

- Rolling Stone
“Takes it toe to toe with the heavyweights of Hiphop”
- Rhythm Magazine

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