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Telek releases new ALBUM 'KAMBEK (I LILIKUN MULAI)
Papua New Guinea legend Telek releases new album Kambek (I Lilikun Mulai).
The title of the new album Kambek (I Lilikun Mulai) includes the languages Tok Pisin and Kuanua, referencing Telek’s recent recovery from a long fought battle with mouth cancer, which preceded the recent years of absence from touring and recording due to the global pandemic. Whilst in the Gold Coast to perform at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, George was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer on his mouth which required immediate surgery, followed by radiation therapy with a long recovery period.
Kambek (I Lilikun Mulai) is the first album Sir George has recorded in his home base of Rabaul since the volcano Tavurvur destroyed the town (including its recording studios) back in 1994. For this album Telek teamed up with his former bandmates from Painim Wok, with legendary guitarist Sir John Warbat, drummer Henry Maniot, and bass player John "Pooger" Yass. The album was mixed by Simon Polinksi (Yothu Yindi, Paul Kelly) who recorded and mixed Telek’s self-titled album in 1997, which received an ARIA Award for Best World Music Album.
Kambek (I Lilikun Mulai)' is out now through Wantok Musik and distributed through Planet/MGM.