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Papua New Guinea

George Telek is a Papua New Guinean musician and singer who has been instrumental in promoting the music and culture of his country on the global stage. Born in 1960, he began his musical career in the 1980s as a member of the rock band Painim Wok before embarking on a solo career. Telek's songs and his hauntingly beautiful voice traverse several musical styles that capture the spirit of the Tolai people of Papua New Guinea. Blending contemporary grooves with Melanesian rhythms, the music is filled with island harmonies and textured environmental sounds.

"Lus Lo Solwara" is from Telek's 2022 album Kambek (I Lilikun Mulai). He sings about an ill-fated sea voyage. "They went on official trip to Pomio for the Provincial Government of East New Britain / On their return trip they got lost at sea / We are so sorry / We are crying for these men, these fathers / They got lost at sea / We are crying for them back here in Rabaul."

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