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Azahe comes off the 1990 Tabaran album (WEA). It was a collaboration with the garamut drummers of Ponam Island in the far north of Papua New Guinea where NDW stayed for two weeks after the Pacific Gold Rabaul sessions in 1988. Ponam is a tiny reef island north of Manus Island and home to 200 people. The garamuts are also called slit-log drums and are played by an ensemble. The drums vary in size and sound - the big bass garamut is about two metres long and played vertically leaning against a tree. The other smaller garamuts are about half a metre in length and are played on the ground. Azahe was recorded at Ponam Island and Hothouse, mixed by Tim Cole and produced by NDW in 1988-89.


from Through The One Last Door, released October 10, 2005

Ponam Garamut Drummers
Alphonse Kawei - garamut
Charles Lamun - bass garamut
Hubert Papei - lead garamut
Gregory Soho - garamut
Paul Radrupii - garamut
Russel Bradley - cabassa
David Bridie - keys
Tim Cole - sound layers, ocean recordings
Rowan McKinnon - guitar


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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