This project encompasses a music/documentary recording and an illustrated book which tells the stories from the survivors and witnesses of the 1998 Byak Massacre in West Papua.
In July 1998, when unarmed West Papuans protested for the independence of their nations, they were tortured and killed by Indonesian security forces. Many more were detained and continued to be tortured in custody after the event.
The perpetrators of this violence were never held to account and in 2013 a Citizens Tribunal was held to hear the stories and testimonies from the survivors and witnesses of this horrific event.
Real passages from these testimonies are combined with songs produced by David Bridie and performed by artists from across West Papua and their Pacific neighbours, including Radical Son (Kamilaroi/Tonga), Tio Bang (Vanuatu), Ronny Kareni (West Papua), Sixta Mambour (West Papua), Ferry Marisan (West Papua), Marcel Meltherorong (New Caledonia/Vanuatu), Eyuser Stringband and Mama Tineke (West Papua).
The project aims to give voice to these stories and share the events and plight of the West Papuan people with a wider audience.
With the recent and premature passing of Ferry Marisan, a West Papuan civil rights activist and musician (who contributed heavily to this project), and investigator into the human rights abuses in his homeland of Byak, we embrace this release as a legacy to his life dedicated to a free West Papua.
released September 23, 2019
retold by Mama Tineke (4)
Cyndi Makabory (14)
David Leha (3, 7, 10, 15, 17)
Marcel Melthérorong (2, 6)
Ronny Kareni (12)
Sixta Mambour (5)
David Leha (2),
Tio Bang (4, 8, 11, 17)
Ferry Marisan (5, 9, 13, 16)
Hendrik Baransano (5, 9, 13, 16)
Marcel Melthérorong (6)
Ferry Marisan - guitars, tifa (drum);
Tio Bang - guitars, kalimba, tifa, aiberok (bass)
Manuel Kubiari - ukelele
Hendrik Baransano - aiberok, tifa, guitar
Marcel Melthérorong - flutes, mambu, kalimba
David Bridie - piano, keyboards, sounds
Monika Stern - violin (8)
Emmanuel Hakalitz - Drums
Phil Wales - guitar noises
John Phillips - guitar noises;
The Memberambo Stringband of West Papua (14)
Paula Makabory, Cyndi Makabory, Ronny Kareni, Amos Wainggai, Erwin Bleskadit, Lucius Itlay, Mama Tineke, Gero Brown, David Bridie, Kelly Kwalik Village singers bilong Amungme people West Papua (11).
PRODUCED by David Bridie
RECORDED and MIXED by Andrew Robinson
RECORDED at Further Arts Port Vila Vanuatu
MIXED at ToRurua Studios Thornbury Melbourne
RELEASED on Wantok Musik. www.wantokmusik.org
Ferry Marisan/Eyuser (5, 9, 13, 16)
Tio Bang (2, 4, 7, 11, 17),
Marcel Meltherorong (2, 3, 6, 7, 10)
David Leha (2)
David Bridie (1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 15).
THE SPOKEN WORD PIECES were written by those Byak people who had come to testify trial (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17).
Mama Tineke Rukabu, Ferry Marsian, Yudha Korwa, Raymond, Agus, Jeff, George, Irene, Mama Babuan, Gustaf Kawer, Ronny Kareni, Jason Macleod, David Dedborough, Cheryl White, David Newman, Barbara Wingard and Eben Kirksey
Edited by Jason Macleod, Ferry Marisan, Viviane Obed, Ronny Kareni and Tom Dick
Foreward by Cardinal John Ribat MSC
Illustrations by Michael Kumnick