The Bluesfest at Byron Bay has been a long time inspiration for me as to how Pacific artists can enter an arena that enables you to rub shoulders with international artists as far flung, genre wise, as reagge to rap to rock and blues. Last year saw our Ngaiire Joseph and Tribe of Jubal perform there and so this year looks like pan pipe group Narasirato have joined in on the act. Congratulations to them!
The Bluesfest website reads:
“Check out this eclectic and truly unique musical feast: the members of Narasirato are farmers and fisherman from the remote southern end of Malaita Island, in the Solomon Islands. Their village has no electricity and is only accessible by canoe or a two day walk overland. They combine their traditional Are’are music with their exciting contemporary music. Narasirato’s performances feature dance, traditional costumes, soaring vocals, wooden drums, conch shells and many unique bamboo instruments including pan pipes, thong-o-phones, mouthbow and stomping tubes. Since forming in 1990 they have toured Canada, New Zealand, England, Taipai, Vanuatu, Malaysia, Bahrain and Australia. In 2006 they recorded their first album, Cry of the Ancestors. Their song ‘My Culture Is My Life’ was number one on the ABC Asia Pacific’s Top Ten for seven weeks. In a review in The Age Jessica Nicholas wrote, “….the Narasirato Pan Pipers leapt on to the stage and immediately created an irresistible polyrythmic pulse as they blew into, pounded on and danced around their amazing collection of bamboo instruments. …they send a wave of energy through the auditorium, eliciting a spontaneous standing ovation from the thrilled crowd.” Do not miss!