Despitethe rain fans turned out in record numbers to be part ofthe music industry night of nights –the Digicel Yumi FPNG Music Awards.

The stakes were high this year for the various categories with are number of new artists makingtheir mark onthe music scene, butthese young artists where humbled to learn ofthe man that puPNG music onthe international stage Samuel Kila Willie. His group Delepou werethe first to perforPNG music live in Sydney inthe 1960’s, and it was fitting that he was awardedthe Justine Kili Lifetime award.

The night drew on asthe awards kept coming with Leonard Kania Junior scoopingthe album ofthe year. The ther big winners werethe identicals, Betuk and Gary Vaibua.

OSHEN was inducted intothe hall of fame for his contribution tPNG music inthe region.

Whilethe awards night was aimed at recognisingthe efforts in developin PNG music,there are existing concerns over music piracy killingthPNG music industry.

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