The Lani Singers

The Lani Singers

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The Lani Singers are a truly remarkable act. Hailing from the remote central highland region of West Papua in the Pacific, their songs are rooted in the sacred rituals of the Lani tribes people; a tribe whose way of living has remained largely unchanged since the Stone Age

Biography

The Lani Singers hail from the remote central highland region of West Papua. Deeply emotive and compelling, their songs are rooted in the sacred rituals of the Lani tribes people – a tribe whose way of living has remained largely unchanged since the Stone Age.

But their music also conveys a powerful modern day message - the struggle that their fellow people endure under a brutal and illegal Indonesian occupation. Since 1963, over 400,000 native West Papuans have been murdered by Indonesian military and countless others have ‘disappeared’ in one of the world’s worst ongoing yet largely unreported cases of ethnic cleansing.

Leader of the Koteka Tribal Assembly, Benny Wenda was imprisoned by the Indonesian authorities for being an independence figurehead within West Papua. He miraculously managed to escape from prison, and fled through the jungle to neighbouring Papua New Guinea five years ago, where his wife Maria and their young children were by now living in a refugee camp by the border. They were then brought to the UK where they are now re-settled and run the Free West Papua Campaign, spreading awareness about the plight of their people, and campaigning for West Papua’s independence.

These are their songs of freedom. Merdeka! Freedom!

More info at:
http://www.myspace.com/thelanisingers

Discography

Featured on the critially acclaimed 'Merdeka' world music compilation CD.

Performed a live session and interview on DJ Ritu's world music show on BBC Radio, and received widespread airplay.

Have performed nationally across the UK including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering, Strawberry Fair and Bristol Organic Food Festival.

Have been interviewed by fRoots magazine for a special feature later this summer.

Will be releasing their debut album later this summer on UK label Dancing Turtle Records.

Set List

Typical set is 30/40 minutes in length, and includes conversation from Benny Wenda about the history of the music.