Upclose, Styled Up, and Unplugged…what a top way to see a huge artist like Christine Anu. Our microphone on the day must’ve had stage fright as it kept playing up at the lunch while Christine was singing, but it is a true mark of a professional entertainer when your voice can carry through the entire performance without any technical assistance. Kudos to the band also that Christine has been singing with for only 2 days. They certainly added depth to the whole unplugged feel of the day.
Her songs in her Kalaw Kawaw Ya language and other popular hits made me feel as though I could quite possibly miss her island home of Saibai as well. Even if it is only 4km from PNG. Her scattered pidgin words when she spoke to us made me feel as though she really wasn’t Australian but more a sister from another Province in PNG, that had dropped in to sing to us wantoks.
I hope that she always remains a Salt Water, Island Girl…because maintaining her traditions in her songs is not only good for her and her children but for all of us who are still trying to fit in somewhere yesterdays culture, into today’s city life.
The Rotaracts of Port Moresby should be proud of a well organised and financially successful event.
Read also a Weekend Courier article on the trip by Carlie Atkinson.
[Oh and just a though, since the lunch was sponsored by the Australian High Commission for Australia Week here in PNG. I believe sending cultural Ambassadors to PNG for cultural exchanges is just as important as sending up political or military ambassadors of Australia.]
Pics courtesy of Alexandra K.