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Telek

Telek may be the shortened executing name of Papua New Guinea vocalist and songwriter George Telek Mamua, who all began saving for Peter Gabriel’s REAL LIFE imprint in 2000 in age 43. A indigenous from the community of Ralauna, close to the city of Rabaul in New Britain Province, Telek performed in a number of groupings during his youngsters: the Unbelievers Revival Music group, the rock-influenced Painim Wok, as well as the even more traditional Moab String Music group. Telek was taken to the attention from the Traditional western musical globe by David Bridie, previously of MY PAL the Chocolate Wedding cake and at that time leader from the Australian folk-pop clothing Not really Drowning, Waving. That band’s 1990 work Tabaran was a Paul Simon/Graceland — like fusion of Traditional western pop using the indigenous music of Papua New Guinea, and Telek was a intensely featured visitor vocalist. The documenting periods and ensuing travels also presented Telek to percussionist Ben Hakalitz, who became a normal collaborator and bandmate quickly thereafter, as do Pius Wasi. Telek and his group reunited with Not really Drowning, Waving in 1993 to try out Australian dates over the WOMAD celebration, and soon programs were within the functions for Telek to record his very own album for discharge in Australia. With Bridie’s advocacy, Telek’s self-titled record was released in 1997, showcasing his mixture of American pop and rock and roll with traditional Papua New Guinean noises. It helped get the eye of REAL LIFE, which agreed upon Telek for his debut worldwide release. Critical Tam was released in the summertime of 2000, offering Telek’s bandmates Hakalitz and bassist Glen Low, plus Bridie on keyboards and creation, rather than Drowning, Waving guitarist John Phillips. Telek also performed on that summer’s WOMAD tour.

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