Dion Kombeng and Jimmy Segodi have stolen the hearts of many with their Despacito cover, sung in the Misima language of Milne Bay Province.
Nimau Ulibikan ge tana ta saga
Bugul gegewena ta nuhayoho
Nimam ulatahin ge tayaliyaya
Kombeng, from a mixed parentage of New Ireland, Morobe and Central, says it was a random idea to try sing despacitoin a PNG language. So Segodi tried putting the Misima language to it.
“It just worked…and yeah that’s how it came out,” Kombeng said.
“The message is similar but we changed it a little, we’re singing about dancing and basically just having a good time,” he adds.
A video put together by Bernard Ipauki, Heckle Daia, Ridley Fabila and Mark S Leva was uploaded on Dion Kombeng’s Facebook account on June 26.
This video has had 18K views, 1K plus reactions, 200-plus comments and shared more than 700 times.
No cover by local artists in PNG has had such a success.
“It’s been so amazing, really didn’t expect to get such a good response. A lot of people have told us they really like it, especially people from Milne Bay,” Kombeng said.
The duo may be performing the cover at the Milne Bay day this year.
Kombeng is an underground artist. He has done a number of covers and a couple of originals. He has also collaborated with a few artists such as Tarvin Tounie, Amatel and a few underground artists like Segodi.