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Title:Interviews with Mabel Kurai, Diana Nian, Wesley Turkaul concerning Ephraim Tami, Rapidik
Access Rights:Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
Bibliographic Citation:Michael Webb (collector), Mabel Kurai (speaker), Diana Nian (participant), Wesley Turkaul (participant), Rodney Hancock (participant), 1993. Interviews with Mabel Kurai, Diana Nian, Wesley Turkaul concerning Ephraim Tami, Rapidik. MPEG/X-WAV. MW6-068 at catalog.paradisec.org.au. https://dx.doi.org/10.26278/FVZ0-A028
Contributor (compiler):Michael Webb
Contributor (participant):Diana Nian
Wesley Turkaul
Rodney Hancock
Contributor (speaker):Mabel Kurai
Coverage (Box):northlimit=-4.10832; southlimit=-4.29151; westlimit=152.103; eastlimit=152.25
Coverage (ISO3166):PG
Date (W3CDTF):1993-08-12
Date Created (W3CDTF):1993-08-12
Description:Tape#1 - Music Background and Story of Ephraim Tami. Side A&B: Ephraim Tami was born in early 1900s' and starting his education in a German school at Namanula and was able to speak German language. He studied reading and writing music however only in English where he set up the Matupit Island Mixed Choir when he started work at the Government Printing Press. Ephraim taught the choir from English tune book and either translated songs to Kuanua or write English to Kuanua words in pronunciation such "that" would be "det" the way it sounded and way its spoken. (no "th" in Kuanua so becomes "d"). The choir then sings English songs in Kuanua pronunciation as people did not learnt or speak English. After the war in 1942, Ephraim had a bad tropical ulcer on his leg and had to be amputated so he lived with walking cruchers. Despite this situation and inability to freely walk, he continued being the choir master, composer and conductor with the aid of a box to rest his amputated leg during performances. The choir won many prizes and shields from Empire Day, Kings Birthday, Queens Birthday. The choir also provided entertainment to Tourist Ships or events organised by the Government Administration in Rabaul. They sang songs from the Methodist Kuanua Hymn book "Buk Na Kakalai" and some songs were written by Ephraim although many more written were not included. Other English hymn translators were from other parts of the Gazelle Peninsula. Some of the chorus songs included Hallelujah, Gloria, This is the Day, My Island New Guinea amongst others. A notable song "Cockrabin" won them shield by Matupit choir at Queen Elizabeth Park. Ephraim taught her niece Lila IaMatalau to conduct and lead a female choir at Matupit and mentored her in practice and performances. Lila became the first female conductor in the Gazelle Peninsula. She was a primary school teacher at Matupit and Tavui villages.She also did the choir uniform sewing in patterns and style for both Matupit Village choir and Matupit Women choir. Ephraim Tami Senior later died in 1957 due to illness and Lila IaMatalau died in 1972. There was also another pioneer women choir conductor in Regina Tade from Volavolo Catholic Church who came later but same time as Lila. Ephraim Tami Junior later carried on music skills in choral as well as stringbands. Other musical instruments include; guitars, ukuleles, cordian, still guitar and although these instruments were taught with stringband members, a proper group called Team was later formed after various festival and Tolai Warwagira. (Steven Gagau, February 2019). Language as given:
Format:Digitised: yes Audio Notes: Operator: Nicholas Fowler-Gilmore Tape Machine: Tascam 122. A/D Converter: RME ADI-2 Pro fs Sound Card: RME HDSPe AIO File: 24bit96kHz, Stereo Length: Side A: 0:31:30 Side B: 0:31:32 Speed: 1 7/8 ips Listening Quality: Good.
Identifier (URI):http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/MW6/068
Tok Pisin
Language (ISO639):ksd
Rights:Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
Subject:Tok Pisin language
Subject (ISO639):tpi
Subject (OLAC):language_documentation
Table Of Contents (URI):http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/MW6/068/MW6-068-B.mp3
Type (DCMI):Sound


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Citation: Michael Webb (compiler); Mabel Kurai (speaker); Diana Nian (participant); Wesley Turkaul (participant); Rodney Hancock (participant). 1993. Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC).
Terms: area_Pacific country_PG dcmi_Sound iso639_ksd iso639_tpi olac_historical_linguistics olac_language_documentation

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Area: Pacific

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