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The most interesting dynamic of Telek's Serious Tam is that it's on Real World Records. The label, co-founded in 1989 by Peter Gabriel and WOMAD (World of Music Art and Dance), provides global artists with the access to state of the art recording technology and audiences beyond their region. George Telek originates from the village of Raluana, near Rabaul on the Papua New Guinean island of New Britain. Telek was an already established artist on his native island and had recorded several albums before Gabriel asked him to record for Real World. Translated, most of the songs on Serious Tam are about the common themes of daily life and passionate love. This a definite global pop album with an ethnic twist. Serious Tam's tribal drum sounds and simplicity will take the listener to a better, more serene place.


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Telek is the shortened performing name of Papua New Guinea singer and songwriter George Telek Mamua, who began recording for Peter Gabriel's Real World imprint in 2000 at the age of 43. A native of the village of Ralauna, near the town of Rabaul in New Britain Province, Telek played in a variety of groups during his youth: the Unbelievers Revival Band, the rock-influenced Painim Wok, and the more traditional Moab String Band. Telek was brought to the attention of the Western musical world by David...
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