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This piece is a traditional feast song from the southern part of Bougainville. The boys were all music students at the Keravat National High School, boarders, from Bougainville. (500km to the east of Rabaul). They played panpipes of various sizes: (from the smallest to the largest) kinne-kinne, kireng, botohi, nasikaku. Each instrument has two rows of bamboo pipes tied together with twine. One played a larger bass panpipe called a kavaronta with four bamboo pipes, the largest about 2 feet in length. We later added a keyboard bed, drums and guitar sounds over the flutes following the chord patterns ol the bass flute.


from Tabaran, released October 10, 1990
The Pan Pipe Boys are:
William Karanta : bass pan pipe
Gregory Kungka : bass pan pipe
Herman Kogiau : lead
Joshua Uramo : lead
Martin Kewari : lead and vocals
Peter Konala : lead
John Bunsip : lead
Simon Auwai : lead and vocals
Patrick Kirah : lead
Joachim Lummani : lead
Daniel Kameketa : lead

Russel Bradley : drums
David Bridie : keyboards
John Phillips : guitar


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