Daughter of the Saltwater People – Christine Anu

https://i1.wp.com/profile.ak.facebook.com/object3/1931/115/n44003503225_7214.jpgUpclose, 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.

Update 30/3/09

Read also a Weekend Courier article on the trip by Carlie Atkinson.

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[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.

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4 thoughts on “Daughter of the Saltwater People – Christine Anu

  1. A thank you note from Christine Anu:

    My name is Christine Anu. I recently travelled to Papua New Guinea to showcase Australia and my Torres Strait Islander heritage to the people of Port Moresby.

    During my week long stay I attended numerous events, including a charity event at the Australian High Commission for the Buk Bilong Pikinini Charity, a Leadership for Women function hosted by the Port Moresby Rotaract Club, and an International Women’s Day reception at the Australian High Commission. I also visited Haus Ruth and the Buk Bilong Pikinini Library at the Port Moresby General Hospital. I was also given the opportunity to play for members of the public in Port Moresby at the Lamana Gold Club and for guests of the Australian High Commission.

    During my visit, I was fortunate enough to meet with the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Sir Michael Somare and a number of his Ministers during the launch of Australia Week at the opening of the Balgo Exhibition – Thank you for your kind words and wisdom.

    The weeklong visit was an enriched experience for me, my manager and band members. We met some of the most humble, informative, warm and entertaining people during our stay. We also got to travel to various parts of Port Moresby – A truly rich cultural landscape.

    It was great to give young up and coming Papua New Guinean musicians the opportunity to take to the stage during one of my performances. It is important that we embrace and nurture the youth of today for tomorrows future. I also hope this opportunity acknowledges the strong relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

    I hope my attendance at Haus Ruth, the function for Port Moresby Rotaract Club and the two Buk Bilong Pikinini Charity events, raised awareness and much needed funds to make the daily lives of children and women more positive in difficult situations.

    My trip to Papua New Guinea would not have been possible without the amazing support and generosity of The Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr Chris Moraitis and the team at the Australian High Commission – Thank you! I would also like to thank Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Grand Sir Michael Somare, the Papua New Guinean Government, Lamana Hotel, Next Of Kin, Buk Bilong Pikinini Charity, Haus Ruth, Port Moresby General Hospital, Port Moresby Rotaract Club and the Papua New Guinean media.

    Most importantly, I would like to thank the people of Papua New Guinea. You blessed me with precious moments that will help shape my tomorrows. I intend to share your amazing stories of survival, culture and self determination with my children, family and friends in the future. This was my first time to your amazing country. I hope to visit your country again.

    I have asked my manager, Jason Williamson, to provide a copy of my song Kulba Yaday with this letter. It would be great if the Papua New Guinean radio stations could play this song as my gift to the people Papua New Guinea.

    I hope to see you all real soon.

    Big Love

    Christine Anu xoxo

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