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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Local talent Kekene Band on PNG tour

By Cathie Konainao, National Express

Sharzy has paved the way, followed by Saba and now it’s new sensation, Kekene’s turn to feel the world of music outside the country, described by many local artists as “unforgettable moments” in their entire lives. Kekene band members (l-r): Poxy, Jason (lead vocalist), Andrew and Felix (Photo: National Express)

Kekene band who hail from Isabel Province is one of the upcoming talents in the country, popular for their collective songs and music arrangements of simple island upbeats.

The group's taking another step further in their musical career in their tour to Papua New Guinea.

In an interview with the National Express before their departure Friday last week, group manager, Mr. Pokana said they would be in PNG for more than six weeks performing as far as Rabaul and also do some recordings.

“Kekene’s popular song ‘Milo milo’ is one of the highlights on the PNG FM radio airwaves, and the trip to PNG is part of the band’s promotion.”

He said the tour indicates good relationship with other artists in neighbouring countries “… so that we can work together for a better music industry in the Pacific,” Mr. Pokana said.

According to band member Mr. Wesley, there was short time in their preparation for the tour due to short notice from the hosting studio, but he is optimistic the band will put out what is expected of them by the crowd waiting in PNG.

This trip is the first for Kekene to go overseas, and band members express their excitement, and look forward to other promotion opportunities if everything goes to plan.



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