Local musicians encouraged to stay committed

Local musicians in Papua New Guinea are encouraged to stay committed to what they do in order to succeed in their music careers.

Band manager and founder of West Papua group Black Brothers Band, Andy Ayamiseba urges PNG musicians to always commit to their music and learn to sacrifice their time.

Black Brothers is an eclectic band that was the most popular musical group in PNG during the 1980s.

The band is known for hit songs back in the 1980s including Apuse, Permata Hatiku, Hari Kiamat, Terjalin Kembali, kerongcong kenangan, Anita and Wan Pela Meri.

Their music, sung in Tok Pisin, and originally in Bahasa Indonesia included influences from reggae and political elements inspired by the Black Power movement.

Ayamiseba has been the band manager for over three decades and says the secret to being successful is through commitment and hard work.

“You have to stay committed because music is a platform to express yourself.

“It’s like a universal language so you have to explore your feelings through music rather than having a big protest about an issue.

“Music is another medium to preach what you think,” Ayamiseba explained.

Black Brothers have toured over 10 countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Islands including Australia.

The reggae influences of the Black Brothers influenced various other musical groups in PNG back in the days.

Ayamiseba added that artists face the challenge of piracy so it’s good for them to record under a recognised music label to protect their rights so nobody could pirate their creation.

Quintina Naime