Gita Gisalo (PNG Country Music) From Feld (Sound and Sentiment and Bosavi: Rainforest Music from Papua New Guinea).
Bosavi encounters • Australian government in region 1958 • Asia Pacific Christian Mission 1964 • Papua New Guinea independence 1975
Airstrip and cassette recorders • mid 1980s, coinciding with oil exploration in region, logging and other development projects
Gita Gisalo • Kemuli, Difalasulu. BVDC, Tasi Kabulo:, Gusuwa string bands
String bands • First ukelele in Bosavi region, 1977 • Gusuwa (Cassowary) string band (1998-9). Oska, Mama, Ho:nowo, Wano, Max, Gigiyo Sele
Two songs by Kemuli string band • My father, my heart my father, where has he gone? crying ya:- my father is not coming when afternoon is passing when the sun is going down it sounds like my father is calling out in the afternoon I listen secretly but there is no talk going on crying ya:- my father is gone for good
My mother, how you always walked my mother, how you always talked after evening falls, after I’ve thought about it, I can only cry my mother, where have you gone? my mother, why did you die? oh no! My mother is dead (Rebeka; lines from sa:yelab)