Tabaran

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TABARAN is a Kuanuan word spoken by the Tolais people who live in and around Rabaul. A Tabaran is a powerful spirit whose influence affects all the Tolais people. The spirit has its own special dance and rhythm which is performed at local ceremonies and sing sings.

lyrics

Barturana amur ga kiki guvai ati, Mara tinata natabara go ati
Iga manga burut tuna ra pakai vevet

Two brothers sit together in the jungle talking about evil sprirts and they got scared.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

Inga ngala na ra marum go ati, Atinata iga vana boko iat ati
Mara lavur mangamangana wakilang ati

It is midnight and they still talk while the strange sounds emanate from the jungle.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

Turagu igat biti bea go ra mangana taim
Itale pi data gire tamagit
Navana rikai pire dat ati

Older brother say because they are discussing evil spirits,
then it is likely a real spirit will visit them.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

Iga manga burut tuna ra pakai vevet
Go ra umana tinata Iga, waburat avet
Aveta warbaiai tago, itarmarum

Younger brother gets very scared about this and suggests
that they both leave the jungle and head back to the village.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

Ba avega kiki angala navuvu
Iga vana rikai dari ra tutana
Iga vana rikai dari ra tutuna.

Suddenly a great wind blows upon them,
then they see the wind forming a human shape which is the evil spirit.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

Iga manga burut tuna rapakai vevet
Go ra umana tinata iga waburut avet
Aveta vana bar dave tago itar marum.

They are both very scared and the older brother says to the younger one
not to worry because he has special powers to protect them from the spirit.

U U U iwarvatut warwarvatut

I'm scared, my skin is tingling with fear.

credits

from Tabaran, released October 10, 1990
Telek : vocals

Russel Bradley : drums, garamuts
David Bridie : piano, keyboards
Tim Cole : drone
Rowan McKinnon : bass
John Phillips : guhar
James Southall : congas, garamuts

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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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