Wild Pack ban too harsh: Artists

A few artists are challenging this, describing it as an overreaction by the authority.

Hip-hop artist Sprigga Mek and dAdiigii sat with Loop PNG to share their views.

While condemning the acts of violence perpetrated by Wild Pack’s lead singer JT, on fellow musician Ragga Siai, the two seasoned musicians said the response by the Censorship Board was too harsh.

“They should have let the law take its course. But going to the extent of banning them on airwaves and now the clubs also banning them, it’s going a bit too far,” said Sprigga Mek.

dAdiigii makes stand against GBV

He made a personal stand against violence on Sunday during the Walk for Life dedicated to the campaign against violence.

In an interview with Loop PNG, he said more artists should be involved in this, to emphasise the message with their audience.

“Artists are role model to children. They spend time listening and talking about music. If artists become involved, the message to end violence becomes a topic for the children as well,” he said.

He also called on event and campaign organisers to involve artists as well as sportsmen/women. 

dAdiigii exits CHM

He revealed this with the announcement of his two new singles soon to be released.

Sailor’s Promise and Jisas, Emi ino white mahn, will be released under MGR studio.

Entering the music industry in 2002, dAdiigii started off with CHM on contract basis.

The contract was on releasing an album. He has released three albums with CHM since.

dAdiigii confirmed that Misim Yu Tumas is the most recent song recorded and produced under the CHM label and with Raymond Waloloki as his producer.

dAdiigii pays tribute to late wife

Released on July 12, the song is a tribute to his late wife and mother to his two children - Maggeret Gomara - who passed away in 2013, from a rare cancer in adults.

5 years on now, dAdiigii talks to Loop PNG about her passing and the recent song.

Her death was so sudden, he says it came as a shock.

“I couldn’t express the loss,” he retells.

dAdiigii basically went into hibernation following his wife’s death.

​Artists back PNG Kapuls

What happens when you put the two together?

For musicians, there’s always a purpose to their music, says Wayne Blasta Atasoa, a well-known bassist in PNG.

And one of such is a group of local musicians coming together to help raise funds for PNG’s national football team – the PNG Kapuls.

You’ve heard these names before: Mereani Masani, dAdiigii, Tarvin Tounie and O’Four.

Raymond Waloloki brings Culture Fusion

The idea however is not new as it was with the Sanguma band of Papua New Guinea bringing the jazz fusion years ago.

This time, music producer Raymond Waloloki is fusing traditional beats unique to Papua New Guinea with trendy music.  

Waloloki is dAdiigii’s long-time producer.

Thus, his music style was first heard in dAdiigii’s Kumul Susa - the official song for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The four minutes and three seconds long song features over 16 different indigenous instruments.

dAdiigii: Two more songs for the international market

He says Till the Kingdom come and End Times have already been recorded under the Chin Hoi Min label and should be released in the coming months.

Considering the international market Till the Kingdom come takes on the pop mix culture fusion genre and End Times will bring back the root reggae.

Both songs are expected to be hits as soon as released and carry strong messages embedded in each.

dAdiigii on his latest – Binatang

If one listens closely, Binatang actually gives a voice to the female population.

Women are subjected to violence and physically intimidated everywhere, even in a night club.

As explained by dAdiigii, the song captures the view of a woman who goes out to party and have a good time with her friends.

It can be frustrating when most men in the club think she is there to hook-up when she just wants to enjoy with friends.

“Her voice needs to be heard,” he says in a chat with Loop Entertainment.

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Kumul Susa gives dAdiigii his international break

The local artist and song writer admits it took one year to perfect the song that’s only four minutes and three seconds long.

Being the official song for FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, dAdiigii says he had to thread very carefully.

“Everything had to be approved by FIFA, so over the year, we constantly had to change the lines and words to be more appropriate.

“It was very challenging. I spent a lot of late nights because my head had to be totally clear to get something fresh and unique,” he says.