In 2007, I took a trip down to the Bluesfest for the first time and I made a point about how there were no PNG acts at the festival. I wondered aloud why we were so close to Australia yet we couldn’t get any of our acts to festivals of this calibre.
So if you’re in Brissie or Australia and you can make it, grab a PNG flag and go support our artists at BluesFest 2009.
“Do you still eat people?”
Ok so not too many people will have the privilege of being asked a question of such wondrous absurdity unless of course you’ve been known to fancy the taste of a little human shank or of course your name is Ngaiire (ny-ree) and you’ve spent too much of your life reassuring people that, no Papua New Guinea does not practice cannibalism anymore, so no I’m not going to start hacking off your limbs or run off with your eyeballs.
Now calling Australia home, Ngaiire is amused at how very little the world knows about her country of birth, however this may soon change with Rolling Stone parading her in a 4 page spread as a rising star to look out for alongside Aussie indie kids Lenka, Faker, Holly Throsby and TZU.
With the release of her debut EP ‘Song For No One’ in 2007 there is much anticipation for the release of her album which Ngaire feels is starting to sound like if Erykah Badu went to Oslo and made pancakes with Hanne Hukkelberg.
(Ngaiire write up from from Triple J)