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Blackwater, off the Tabaran album (WEA 1990), is about the situation in West Papua, annexed by Indonesia which brutally suppresses the independence movement. There's a sample of a 3RRR interview with West Papuan leader Rex Rumakiek who lives in exile in Australia.
“I had to make the grave decision to lead my people away from their traditional land, across the border into PNG. The journey was done in secret and took about a week… we fled from our ancestral home because of increased Indonesian red beret military presence and their brutal process of colonisation that threatens to wipe out our cultural identity as a Melanesian people.” Megdalene Hamadi (Blackwater refugee camp) www.freewestpapua.com


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

Recorded at Pacific Gold Studios, Rabaul and Sing Sing Studios. Mixed at Hothouse by Tim Cole.

Russel Bradley - drums, percussion
David Bridie - piano, keyboards, lyrics, vocals
Tim Cole - sounds
Rowan McKinnon - bass
John Phillips - guitar
James Southall - bongos, congas
Penny Hewson - vocals
Field Recording of Service at Ratung Village Church by Tim Cole


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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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