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News & recent Telek Happenings

Elipas Torovin January 2010
It is with great sadness that we announce the news of the passing of our Brother Elipas Torovin, the fine ukelele player from the Moab Stringband and one of the Sing Sing family of artists, died on January 31st from illness. Elipas had a succesful PMV(public motor vehicle) bus business in Rabaul and was a driving member of the Moab stringband and as we all know was a quiet, strong and gentle man. He will be greatly missed.

Big Year for George July 2009
2009 Has been a big year for George Telek. He was part of the sing sing troupe that opened the Auckland Festival and toured the USA to standing ovation.
To see film clips of some of these performances go to Facebook, Youtube and here.

At present there are two Telek cds in production. Teleks rock album, is in final stages at present. Recorded with his wantok, the much loved Glen Low(this will be Low’s last recording following his sad passing two months ago) recorded with his international band of Phil Wales, Ben Hakalitz, David Bridie and Greg Patten and mixed by ndw’s Tim Cole, this album features new rock recordings of many of his beloved Tolais songs.
The album includes Iau Burut, North Coast Bay, Melbourne City, Happy Island Girl, Mispaia, Waligur iau, West Papua and rock versions of the stringband songs Topol and Tutana Kuraip. It will also feature the single off his new Pairap Ken cd, Akave. This rock cd showcases a raw strong rock sound and will be released in Melanesia only on CHM in December and will follow up with a tour of PNG with Teleks international band in March. Surprisingly,this will be the first time that Telek has showcased his international band in his own country.

Pairap Ken is Teleks new international cd to be released on Wantok in Australia and internationally throughout Europe. The album is being mixed down this week. It follows on from “Amette,” a very Tolais sounding record written by george on his acoustic guitar. The album has some stringband, some pop songs and some traditional Tolais Sing Sing. The tracks include Akave, Lok Lok Kdui, JS Airport, Iau ngalie, Iau Burut and Tobina (Duke of Yorks Stringband Song)

The album has Telek, Phil Wales, David Bridie, Airi Ingram and Paul Cartright playing on it and will be released to coincide with his October tour of Australia. Telek has written some environmental songs on this record pleading with his people to look to the future and not dig up all the resources and cut down all the timber so as to leave nothing to the future generations of PNG.

Finally telek will be performing as part of the South Seas Concert in Bowen, Queensland with fellow Melanesian performers, Gulaan, Marcel Meto, Georgia Corowa and Richard Mogu in November. These artists will work with young South Sea islander musicians in Bowen leading to a feature concert on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of November
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Following this South Seas Concert the Moab Stringband will be coming down to perform at the Australasian World Music Expo on the weekend of Nov 19-22. This is a very exciting development following the release of their cd Matogo.

It is shaping up as a big year for PNG’s premier songster.


Motogo AlbumMATOGO - The Moab Stringband August 2007
Whilst in Australia for Sing Sing 2006, the Moab Stringband spent two weeks in David Bridie’s Enormodome studios and recorded the album MATOGO mixed by NDW’s Tim Cole. The album comprising 12 stringband tunes including the classics Jenny, Paska and Abebe, is the first international stringband album to be recorded. The cd captures the vibrancy and rock energy of the Moab stringband style. Dedicated to the late Kenny Moab, their mentor and formed manager, MATOGO is a wonderful addition to Teleks catelogue. Other highlights include the songs Tolags ,Dickens and Kununurki. For more info on the Moab boys visit Wantok Musik
There are plans to launch the cd release the Hamamas Hotel on September 1st ... Buy Now

LAE INTERNATIONAL SING SING LAE March 2006
Telek headlined this festival sponsored by Village Developemt Trust along with Tambaran Culture, members of Sanguma, Not drowning, Waving from Australia along with traditional groups from the Chumbu, Morobe, Rabaul and more.

DOCUMENTARY
Funding has been received for a film on grass roots Papua New Guinea life with a focus on stringband music and the musical career of George Telek and life in the village of Raluana where Telek lives. To be directed by award winning director Catriona McKenzie, the film will bring some international musicians to Rabaul to play with Telek and his Moab Stringband, to soak in the Melanesian life style and create a collaborative stringband record and play some live concerts both in PNG and Australia. A wonderful opportunity for Telek’s story and music to be showcased to a wide audience

Queensland Music Festival :: Townsville and Brisbane

Another Sing Sing Tour for George and the boys. Once again the Moab Stringband came down to Australia for a series of shows for the Queensland Music Festival. Set against the majestic backdrop of Magnetic Island, this vibrant and colourful afternoon of musical celebration featured the spirited songs and dances of over 20 performers from Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait Islands and mainland Australia in a rousing celebration of grass roots life, indigenous music and dance. Adding to the occasion was an uplifting performance from the internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir as part of their Queensland tour. Sing Sing also played 2 sellout show in Brisbane and then shows at Garma and Darwin.



SING SINGAT THE CORNER HOTEL,RICHMOND IN MELBOURNE CITY NOV 19
EATURING TELEK,KADU,DAVID BRIDIE,BRISCOE SISTERS,WEST PAPUAN REFUGEES STRINGBAND FROM PINAIA AND MERAUKE. A pub version of the Sing Sing brand

MAKING POVERTY HISTORY NOV 2006
GEORGE TELEK performed three songs at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl alongside Pearl Jam,Bono,Paul Kelly,John Butler Trio,The Living End and others. Telek performed with a band made up of David Bridie ,Airi Ingram ,Greg Patten ,Phil Wales and three West Papuan dancers Hein Arumisore, Ronny Kareni and Donny Roem.the songs he performed were Amidel ,Waitpela Garas and the stand out West Papua and received a wonderful ovation .George caught up with Kev Carmody who was also performing his classic “From Little Things ,Big Things Grow”.Kev of course collaboratd with George on his eponymous debut album Telek as did Archie Roach.

PAINIM WOK
George’s PNG rock band that were massive in the 80s reformed and toured extensively throughout PNG in 2006 an 2007 playing the infamous Highlands Show 2006 and Tabubil, Lihir and the majordity of PNG, Madang, Morseby, Lae, and throughout East and West New Britain and New Ireland. George has finally realised the financial potential of baby boomers who now have jobs coming along to see the music of their prime years, and Painim Wok fit that bill!!!!


TELEK 2006

July 2006
George is currently in Lae doing a month of shows with his band Painim Wok.

He and the Moab stringband had a wonderful time in Australia on the recent Sing sing tour, it was of course the first time the Moab boys, Elopas, Wagi, Keni and Kaul had been outside of PNG and they had an amazing time and have been excitedly telling their stories to the Raluana villagers back at home. View more images

Whilst in Australia the Moab stringband recorded an album of stringband tunes at the Enormodome Studio and this album is currently being mixed. The other album in the pipelines is an album of rock versions of stringband tunes that Telek recorded with his band of Ben Hakalitz. Glen Low, Phil Wales, Greg Patten and David Bridie. This album has deviated slightly and is close to being mixed. There are some cracking tunes on there, some reworkings of old Painim Wok songs and tunes from Telek's PNG solo albums. This album will be released in the next six months.

Telek will be performing with the band at this years FES NAPUAN in Vanuatu in October 5th - 8th. Telek is the headline act, he has a big profile in Vanuatu and I would thoroughly recommend any Australian music fan looking into the possibility of buying the $500 return ticket to Port Vila for this festival.It is oine of the best Pacific music festivals.

Telek and the MOAB guys will be definitely returning to Australia for the July 2007 Queensland Music Festival playing Brisbane,Townsville,Cairns and Darwin.

Telek is also the feature of a documentary on stringband music that is being made presently. Keep an eye out for that.

Amette, Telek's third solo album has just been re released on Blunt through soundvault

His second album SERIOUS TAM is presently being re manufactured and will be available in September

His first self titled album is available in stores also.

April 2006
A big year is planned for Rabaul based PNG singer George Telek.
His three albums, Telek, Serious Tam and Amette are in the process of being re packaged and rereleased in time for his touring commitments.

Telek will tour Australia with his band The Moab Stringband in May in a series of concerts called Sing Sing 2. This tour will feature some of the Melanesian region’s most important artists including Not Drowning, Waving, Tony Subam from seminal PNG band Sanguma, Pius Wasi, Albert David, Djakapurra, Frank Yamma and Airi Ingram.
This concert which will also feature dance and a visual exhibition of arts and photos will play a free concert at  Hamer Hall in Melbourne on Sunday May 28th and venture to the Powerhouse Theatre in Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House.

Last time Telek was in Australia for the Morning Star concert, Telek and his band recorded a rock stringband album, initially intended for a PNG release only. but these recordings have come up so well that George would like some of the recordings to be released in Australia this year. The single Iau Barbarut will be released to coincide with the re release of the three previous albums.

Telek will also feature in a documentary on Stringband music and Grassroots PNG life being made by Film Australia and SBS. It will be shot during the Tolai Warwagira Festival in Rabaul in July by award winning film maker Catriona Mckenzie.

Telek will also play a series of World Music theatre concerts called HEATWAVE from November 9-27 .

Telek will also be one of the featured artists in the 2007 Queensland music festival that will play Brisbane, Cooktown and Mackay along with other PNG acts.

Stay tuned to this website for more developments as they come to hand

SOLOMON ISLANDS TOUR

In July / August the Telek band toured the Solomon Islands as part of the one year anniversary of RAMSI - the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon islands whereby police and army from all over the Pacific including Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands ventured into the Solomon Islands to help quell the unrest caused by the growing unrest between the Malaitan and Guadacanal peoples. The tour consisted of gigs all over the province, the band augmented by two promenant Solomon Islands musicians, guitarist Robert Foreman and percussionist Arnold Natei were flown by chopper to outlying areas to play concerts. They played concerts at Gyzo (in the western province near Bougainville), Avo Avo in the Weather Coast, Auki in Malaita and finished with a huge concert in the capital Honiara to over 12,000 people, the largest crowd ever at a concert in the Solomons.Telek has a strong following in te Solomons with many of the crowd familiar with his work, some having attended his tour there in the early 90's. In their set the band including “Happy Island Girl” a song sung in Solomons pidgin which along with the Painim Wok hit “Mispaia” and the Barike tune “Bing Bing Lur” were big favourites amongst the Solomon's audiences. View more photos

 

Both George and Glen Low's bands from the 80's and 90's , “PAINIM WOK” and “BARIKE" have recently reformed and played some shows in Lae and the West New Britain town of Kimbe. Painim Wok also played the Highlands show

Glen's studio, SOUTHERN STAR STUDIOS is now up and running in Kerevat and hopes to gradually build itself up providing a recording studio and resource for all up and coming Rabaul musicians. Rabaul was the musical epicentre of the PNG music scene in the 80s with 2 24 track studios operating (Pacific Gold and Chin H Meen). Unfortunately the Volcano disaster of 1994 changed all of that destroying the 2 studios and much of the town leaving th emany tolais musians stranded. Many moved to Port Morseby or gave up entirely. Hopefully Southern Star, a big spacious studio will go a long way to recapturing that golden era, providing the young and old Rabaul musicians alike, a resource to capture their music. Glen is also going to record stringbands, something that is becoming rare these days (Cin H Meen, the major PNG record company does not release albums made by stringbands.

#Ben Hakalitz now resides in Cairns. Ben has been working in the Northern Territory with Yolngu boys taking music workshops as well as playing drums with Ypthu Yindi

#Telek and Hakalitz will team up with Not Drowning, Waving in March at Womadelaide re visiting the Tabaran tour/. Sepik mambu player Pius Wasi will also come down for the adventure.

#Telek will be playing Fes Napuan in Vanuatu later in 2005



Telek with special guest David Bridie Touring Nationally throughout November 2004 for more details see tour dates page

Friday 29 November 2002
Telek to play at Ten Days on the Island

Telek will be playing his first ever shows in Tasmania as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival in March/April 2003.

Friday 30 December 2000
George Telek awarded an MBE

George Mamua Telek was today awarded an MBE for services to Papua New Guinea music. The award caps off a year which saw the worldwide release of the Serious Tam album on Real World Records (Origin Music in Australasia) and performances in Europe, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.