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Lapun Man

from Tabaran by Not Drowning, Waving

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The choir members live in Matupit Village which is located 500 metres from the base of the still active Matupit volcano which half destroyed Rabaul in the 1937 eruption. In 1988 Rabaul survived a "stage 3" alert as vulcanologists predicted another eruption which failed to eventuate. Minor tremors are a common occurrence. For the song, David wrote the words and part of the melody after hearing an old Tolais man reminiscing about the occupation of Rabaul during wartime. Gideon and Dick translated it into pidgin, and arranged the four part harmony, which they then recorded. The choir was also about to record an album of chorals for Christmas - a big seller in Rabaul.


Lapun man, lapun man
Yu olsem wanem yu ai wara na ting-ting,
long ples bilong yu.
Ting-ting long war na mauden pairap.

O-Matupit e pairap,
Mi lukim simuk wantem siton
antop tru long kilaud bekpela poret tru

Yo yo Rabaul I pas pinis i bel sori
Rabaul I bagarap long tudak.
Ting ting long war na mauden pairap.

Ol wait man, China man, barata
Yu olsem wanem yu guria
Sanap tingting long ronawe.
Ting ting pikinini nameri

Ol I go pas pinis long Australia
Pretim ol siapan pretim ol soldier

Yo yo Rabaul basis I pas pinis - ibel sore.
I sol wara i pulap tru long warship
Bomb pairap ol man I dai nating.


from Tabaran, released October 10, 1990
Gideon Nakikus
Wesly Uradok
Alfred Mangut
Rokus Madao
Kuak Madao


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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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