A new direction in PNG’s music industry

In a tricky industry like music, it’s all about trying new things and seeing if the idea works or not.

For the Dumen Xtras, band member Kevin Aihphum says it’s now about collaboration.

Dumen Xtras is a collaboration of three of PNG’s well known vocalists; Gyat Lele, commonly associated with the name K-Dumen, and Kevin Aihphum, also from the K-Dumen band, with solo artist Mereani Masani.

Formed only recently, their songs like Seuna and Salamaua, sung with various other artists, have very quickly become audience favourites.

In a brief chat with Loop PNG, Kevin said collaboration is the direction all artists are taking now.

“You see where it sells meaning, if it hits the airwaves and markets well, you stick to it. And so far, we are doing well,” he said. 

He also noted the collaboration of local band Avisat and neighbouring artist Sharzy, from the Solomon Islands, as an example. 

Dumen Xtras is the first group to do male-female collaboration.  

Picture from Dumen Xtras (source: EM TV)

Gloria Bauai