I was born on Ambrym island in Vanuatu where I learnt respect, life skills, and the importance of my cultural tradition and mother tongue (Daakaka). I became interested in learning music after leaving school, so I learnt to play different instruments and formed a reggae roots band called Koncerners. We write songs about issues arising in our communities like respect, health, the environment and corruption. I share many music ideas with youth, including my goal of writing more songs based in my language and culture. I am currently working on this in a new group called Dropvicul, and
SIMANGAVOLE "Maloya Maniér Fanm" meaning "Maloya made by women". Simangavole perform the traditional yet powerful Maloya Rythm, the music of the slaves of Reunion Island. With lyrics that draw from raw emotion and feeling, this high energy performance from the Island divas deliver an unforgettable experience.
Thomas Dick has lived for 9 years in Vanuatu and 2 years in Thailand. He works closely with non-government associations in Australia and Vanuatu, supporting the production and development of cultural products, events and projects. Tom is the producer of Lon Marum, a documentary film exploring the interaction between traditional knowledge and contemporary scientific knowledge on an active volcano in Vanuatu. He is a PhD student investigating the tensions between tradition, tourism and performance in Melanesia. Tom currently works with the Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work, at Southern Cross University.
Tom Kami is a local musician in Vanuatu from Tanna island. He plays a pan flute and performs kastom music and dance from his nasara and island.
Trevor is a young musician from the remote island of Ureparapara in Banks island group. He plays the pan flute and knows many traditional songs and beats from his island.
Professional dancer, she works with Hodi Cultural Association in Maputo since 2010
Viktor Pesenti is a London based documentary filmmaker with shooting experience in broadcast television and corporate communication. He has produced and directed work for UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, Discovery, ESPN and NBC. In 2009 he was awarded Promax World and Europe Rocket Awards for best newcomer to the industry. In 2012 he completed his debut documentary THE WORLD’S YOUNGEST NATION: SOUTH SUDAN, which has been shown at festivals around the world and has aired on FX Channel. In the same year Viktor also founded EpicDemic Productions, a company the produces films for NGOs and Charities for in Europe
Drawing on the rich musical talent of our region, The Wantok Musik Foundation, an Australian-based not-for-profit organisation, promotes and facilitates various cultural exchanges and a greater level of economic empowerment for Melanesian and indigenous artists and their communities.