Two years on from Cyclone Pam, local band DropVkal Family sends musical message – climate change is ‘Dangerous’

Vanuatu band DropVkal Family is known for its incisive social messages as much as it is for its hard-edged roots-rock-reggae fusion sound – and their latest track, ‘Dangerous’, released to mark the second anniversary of Cyclone Pam, is no exception.

The band’s musical vision is to promote vernacular languages and give an alternative to the mainstream reggae sound popular in Vanuatu. They perform regularly at bars and restaurants around Port Vila, playing Coconut Palms Resort on Saturday nights and Anchor Inn on Sundays.

“We’re a group of friends from different islands of Vanuatu that have come together because of our love of music, and our interest in contributing to the development of Vanuatu and its special local culture”, says Read the rest of this entry »


‘Tanna’ filmmakers respond to exploitation claims

Comment made to Vanuatu Daily Digest claiming exploitation by the filmmakers who made 'Tanna'

Comment made to Vanuatu Daily Digest claiming exploitation by the filmmakers of Tanna

Knee-jerk resentment of someone else’s success, as elsewhere, is sadly a feature of Vanuatu life, so the kind of comment seen above, prompted by that Tanna‘s global success (and now Oscar nomination), is not unexpected.

Exploitation is a serious claim to make, however, so we are taking this opportunity to set the record straight Read the rest of this entry »


Art exhibition opening today: ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’

Opening Thursday 6 October 17:00–21:00 at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery, Pango, is ‘Sik Plastik Long Solwota’ an exhibition addressing the critical impacts of rubbish, particularly plastics, on ocean ecosystems. From October 6 until November 26. More info at the Fondation’s Facebook page.

From the 'Sik 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition: 'Slippery Fish' by Daniel Owens.

From the ‘Sik Plastik long Solwota’ exhibition: ‘Slippery Fish’ by Daniel Owens.

Poster for 'Sik Plastik long Solwota' exhibition by Julie Sauerwein


MUSIC VIDEO: Filmed in Vanuatu, The Black Seeds ‘One by One’

Fest’Napuan international dub reggae act the Black Seeds, a New Zealand group who performed at the 2007 festival, filmed this music video around Efate while they were here in Vanuatu.

Some trivia for you: the Black Seeds’ vocalist is none other than Bret McKenzie of musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, who Read the rest of this entry »


Making its own way: Vanuatu in the world [book review]

Pacific Ways

Vanuatu last week signalled its support for China’s position on the South China Sea territorial dispute, a move described in overseas media as “predictable” and a “classic Vanuatu” diplomatic move. Likewise, PM Salwai’s recent calls for procedural integrity in the selection of a new Director-General for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat and Vanuatu’s long-standing defiance of Indonesia over West Papua together portray a distinctive approach to political affairs. Vanuatu’s political style is one of many documented by Victoria University Press’s new edition of Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Read the rest of this entry »


Le premier Salon du livre de Port-Vila : Pirogue 2016

Pirogue 2016

Animation par Little by Little

Pirogue est le premier Salon du livre de Port-Vila, du 20 au 24 avril à Alliance française de Port-Vila. Pirogue propose des rencontres avec des auteurs calédoniens et calédoniens: Claudine Jacques, Leopold Hnacipan, Anne-Cerise Luzy, Patricia Simeoni, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Frédéric Ohlen, Marcel Melthérorong, Paul Tavo, Bergmans Iati… mais aussi des conteurs, slameurs, et lecteurs venus de France, d’Algérie, d’Italie et d’ailleurs: Kamel Zouaoui, Marilena Crosato, Myriam Malao, Sylvain Lorgnier, Erwan Botrel et des illustratrices Julie Sauerwein et Sophie de Garam. Ainsi que des éditeurs et des professionnels du livre.

Pirogue 2016

Pirogue est organisé par l’Alliance française de Port-Vila avec le parrainage de la Coopération régionale Vanuatu / Nouvelle-Calédonie / France et le soutien de l’Ambassade de France, la Maison du Livre de Nouvelle-Calédonie et Aircalin.

L’ouverture officielle de Pirogue 2016 est le mercredi 20 avril à 17h, en présence de Monsieur le Ministre de l’Education et de la Francophonie, Jean-Pierre Nirua.

Le programme complet est disponible sur le site web de l’Alliance française de Port-Vila.

 


3pm today: a musical celebration of Vanuatu’s resilience after Cyclone Pam

The musicians who will be performing at this afternoon's Kivhan fundraising event

Some of the musicians performing at this afternoon’s Kivhan fundraising event. Photo: Alcina Garae

Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan artists and festival organizers are organizing a mini-Kivhan Festival and fundraiser today (Friday 11 March 2016), 3pm–9pm at Wan Smol Bag.

All money raised will go towards Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan’s milestone project, rebuilding the Marae Community Hall on Emae island, which was destroyed during Cyclone Pam.

Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan artists and musicians are inviting the general public, business houses, communities to come to the fundraiser as it will also be a celebration of music one year after Cyclone Pam. 

Here’s the live bands and hip hop dance who’ll be performing:

  • Drovicool
  • Masamp Crew
  • Modern Roots
  • Realistik
  • Smol Fyah
  • Young Life
  • Jayvii
  • Darrel (Saxo)
  • Krassrut
  • Concerners
  • Alme System
  • Vanua Zouk

The entrance fee is only 50vt. There will be lots of island food, fresh fish from Marae community, BBQ wings, kava, and the 2015 Zion Fest DVD will all be on sale.

Kivhan organizers thank all partners and sponsors towards tomorrow’s fundraiser.

Lukim yufala!