Western influences can at times corrupt and dilute traditional Pacific indigenous music, but one Melbourne-based, Solomon Islands musician is reversing this trend.
Charles Maimarosia headlined the Wantok Music Festival in Honiara in January this year, and is inspiring a new generation of Solomon Islanders with his sound.
Raised in Pipisu village, Malaita, Maimarosia is known as a singer of important custom knowledge, drawing equally on traditional and contemporary musical styles. His single Haiamasina, is a love poem that illustrates Are Are customs and traditions.
“The show, [the Wantok . . .