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Inaugural winners of Tony Subam Fellowship

Sambra Aikit are the first-ever winners of the Tony Subam Fellowship.

Sambra Aikit is a Papua New Guinean contemporary band formed by UPNG Creative Arts & Music graduates in 2013.

In January 2016 the Wantok Musik Foundation, in association with APRA AMCOS, launched the inaugural Tony Subam Fellowship – announcing their first ever young, up and coming winners; Sambra Aikit.

Sambra Aikit was formed by a collection of like-minded students sharing their musical influences by popular Melanesian bands such as Sanguma, Tumbuna 84, Tambaran Culture, Tribal Chants and Mosong.

Paying tribute to traditional Papua New Guinean music, Sambra Aikit strive to maintain their cultural roots in sound; intricately weaving Melanesian elements with contemporary music across the four tracks of their debut EP release, “Motomse”.

The region of East Sepik, especially in Maprik, is well known for their long yams and tall haus tambaran, and Sepik River people are known for their carvings and elaborate manhood initiation ceremonies; the crocodile initiation being the most prominent where men cut their skin to imitate the river crocodile.

In Abelam language of East Sepik, SAMBRA is defined as ‘custom’ or a ‘custom man’ in the community, meaning an elderly men in a village or clan that supports another nearby village or clan in a time of need, sorrowfacing tribal conflict or that share a common situation.

AIKIT stands for ‘Brother(s)’ in Kandrian language of West New Britain PNG and in pride of their vision, Sambra Aikit aka ‘Custom Brothers’ endeavour to spread awareness that PNG contemporary music, mixed with the traditional, is thriving and full of vitality.

In celebration of the release of their album, the Moresby Arts Theatre is delighted to host the official launch of Motomse at October 28th, at 4pm.

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