Present at Governor Parkop’s Conference today were members of the legendary band, Black Brothers.
They will perform at the Independence Anniversary Celebration featuring the Black Brothers Legends Come Home Concert at the Sir John Guise Stadium on Friday.
The last time the Black Brothers toured Port Moresby was in 1978, when the music industry in PNG was in its infant stages.
Yes, the Black Brothers are back in Port Moresby after 38 years.
Two of their original band members have since passed on, and this time around they are joined by their next generation called the Black Sisters.
Although they are here to celebrate PNG’s 41st Independence anniversary, Governor Parkop says they are also here to help inspire the music industry in PNG again.
Originally a West Papuan band, these days the membership includes those from Vanuatu as well as Australian-based members as well.
Original and current band manager, Andy Ayamiseba, said the band is looking to expand and include more members from Melanesian countries.
Braden Chin, Music Division Manager for CHM, said the Black Brothers were the inspiration behind the creation of the CHM Super Sound recording studio and label. Even the famous CHM logo, was motivated by the Black Brothers.
Mr Parkop said it was a concern that the number of artists recording at CHM has significantly dropped in the last 3 years. He said this was a reminder of our responsibility to our artists by stopping piracy and buying genuine recordings.