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September 17, 2021
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Underground Papua New Guinean Guitarist announces new collaboration project

An underground guitarist who until recently remained quite outside of the  musical limelight  has finally announced to his friends that he is planning to release an important collaboration between him and others like him.

Morobean, Adrian Gedisa, told friends on Facebook, that the upcoming project would be a fusion of rock metal but with a definite appeal to fans of other genre.

Gedisa’s style has dwelled on speed of execution. His rapid picking and hammer-ons that come with years of practice have become a trade mark of  Adrian Gedisa.

Earlier on, Gedisa drew inspiration from guitar guru, John Warbat, who has remained one of the best rock and metal guitarists in Papua New Guinea.

He was also influenced by underground guitarist, Jeffrey Vagalia, who he refers to as his mentor.

“Jeff lived a few streets from where we lived and I learned a lot from him.”

Vagalia, is one of few serious technical  guitarists in Papua New Guinea who remain unrecorded. Both Vagalia and Gedisa, are like many talented Papua New Guinean musicians who remain outside the music limelight largely  because their artistry and expression is not fully appreciated by many outside the circle.

“Music has gone stale,” Gedisa says. “There is no art.”

Gedisa has also been experimenting with symphonic metal popular in Europe and Scandinavian countries. When asked about his dabbling with symphonic metal, he brushes it aside.

“There’s no market for it. Not many people like that kind of music.”

 He has played as a session musician for popular artists like Anslom, Justin Wellington and New Caledonian Kanak artist, Edou.

Gedisa, began playing as a teenager. But his interest in the guitar stemmed from  his primary school days when he performed in school bands.

Those who bought tickets to the Pacific Games in Port Moresby last year, will remember him as the guitarist who  performed as a centerpiece during the  opening ceremony of the games at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

“Heaven!” he says, as he remembers the moment. “For me it was big. It wasn’t a local gig, the world was watching.”

There is a lot that people don’t know about the underground music scene. Gedisa says, there’s a lot of activity. “Hyer,” the project he is working on with other like-minded artists is a  labor of love and is expected to be released soon.

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