Govt challenged to boost PNG Music industry

In the space of one year, music by two groups of musicians have been banned from the airwaves.

The most recent being productions by the band Wild Pack.

Both incidents have brought negative reaction from the public towards music, generally of the up-coming artists.

But this spotlight has also given the opportunity for some artists to challenge the government to build the industry up. 

dAdiigii, a singer/song-writer has been in the entertainment business for at least 15 years now.

And from experience, he says there has been no help from the government in the area for over 42 years. 

“A country is one when everything is balanced,” he stressed.

Unfortunately, musicians have been left struggling for far too long.

“We sweat, we withstand criticism to get our music out there. Once it’s out there, the music we sacrificed to do, becomes everyone’s property. But what do we get in return? Nothing, because there is no proper regulatory body in place,” he said.

He emphasised that money is in music and the government should do something about it.

“Radio stations are making money off us musicians, TV programs are using our music, clubs are playing our music, and they’re using it for their gain. There is no law governing anything. If there is, they protect our music, put guidelines in place, we follow, at the end of the day, we are all happy.”

Gloria Bauai