Black Sisters

Winds of change for West Papua

Governor Parkop, who has been vocal about West Papua’s fight for freedom, was behind the band's performance as the final activity of PNG’s 41st independence celebrations in Port Moresby.

Black Brothers’ is a well-known West Papuan pop group from Jayapura who went into voluntary exile in Vanuatu in 1979, protesting Indonesian policies in West Papua.

Black Sisters honored to be part of PNG’s Independence celebrations

Black Sisters comprise of Petronela, Rosalie and Lea Rumwaropen who are daughters of late August Rumwaropen, the original member of West Papua legendary band Black Brothers.

The trio will be performing alongside the Black Brothers at the Sir John Guise Stadium on Independence Day as part of the National Capital District’s organised celebrations for city residents.

The three sisters are well known in Australia and around the Pacific performing and have performed at three occasions in Moresby in past years.

West Papua’s Black Brothers in Pom for Independence concert

The group will be performing on Independence Day at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

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

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

The original band was founded by manager Andy Ayamiseba, with members including Hengky Sumanti Miratoneng (vocals, guitar), Benny Bettay (bass), August Rumwaropen (lead guitar, vocals), Stevy Mambor (vocals, drums), Willem Ayamiseba (percussion) and Amri Kahar (trumpet).