Sambra Aikit are the recipients of the inaugural Tony Subam Fellowship prize.
Launched by the Wantok Musik Foundation in association with APRA AMCOS, the Tony Subam Fellowship was available for bands based within Papua New Guinea that hold a strong element of cultural expression in their work. Named after and in honor of the late Tony Subam, former member of the band Sanguma, which pioneered the use of traditional PNG music and songs in harmony with western styles of music, the recipient of the fellowship was deemed to be a band or group who the panel of music industry judges believe build on exporting the different Papua New Guinea sounds and performances as Tony Subam had achieved with Sanguma.
Tony had a strong belief that our traditional songs and sounds are unique to PNG music and that Papua New Guineans must be proud of their cultural heritage and roots. Wantok Musik Foundation shares this belief and the Tony Subam Fellowship ensures Tony’s values lives on.
Sambra Aikit were awarded the opportunity to record this EP, "Motomse", in Port Moresby with producer Emmanuel Muganaua and have their work released on the Wantok Musik label.
released February 8, 2017
Recorded by Emmanuel Maganaua at Raun Haus Production Studios (UPNG), Port Moresby, 2016.
Mixed by Yasutomo Umeki at Haus Bilas Studios, Melbourne Australia 2016.
Facilitated by the Wantok Musik Foundation and APRA AMCOS.