- country:Papua New Guinea
- region:South Pacific
- type:Band, DJ/Remixer, Large Ensemble
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, electronic, percussion, dance orchestra, guitar
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Born of PNG and Oz roots Airileke brings a new sound that is as futuristic in its ideas and beats as it is embedded in an ancient Melanesian culture. His new album sheds light on one of our regions darkest stories, the oppression and illegal occupation of West Papua and comes heavy with Electronics, MPCs, Log Drums and more. Featured vocalists include Port Moresby based MC Dadiigii, master log drummer's from Port Moresby based group Paluai Sook Sook and co-producers Voodoo Dred and Diz1.
As a child Airi grew up learning both traditional drumming from his village called Gabagaba, (which in English literally means Drum Drum) and drum kit. As a teenager he then went on to learn log drumming from all over PNG and the Pacific, studying Classical percussion, and toured internationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and then eventually got into producing.
As a percussionist Airi has toured throughout the world with various indigenous and Melanesian groups like Drum Drum, Tribe of Jubal, Telek, and Yothu Yindi. In 2006 Airi relocated to Melbourne where he co-founded the Wantok Musik Foundation with David Bridie, and started Krump band Grrilla Step with DJ Dexter. Some of Airi's current work involves the development of contemporary and traditional music festivals and events throughout the Pacific including, the Kau Festival in Bouganville, Fes Napuan in Vanuatu, and the Pacific Break music competition.
As a producer and Musical Director Airi has collaborated with many different styles of performers such as George Telek, DJ Dexter, Grrilla Step, Drum Drum, Andrew Lockington and the London Symphony Orchestra, Bart Willoughby, Yothu Yindi, Asia Beat (KL) and Blue King Brown. He has also been a featured producer in TV and film scores such as "The Straits", " Kokoda", and Hollywood feature film "Journey 2".
As a musician Airileke has been featured at events and festivals such as Womad UK (stage one), Womad NZ and Australia, AWME, Sydney International Festival, Melbourne International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Drumusique (Malaysia), Fes Napuan (Vanuatu), Sfinks (Belgium), Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, Commonwealth Games Manchester and Melbourne, Riddu Riddu Festival (Norway), Symphony Space - Broadway New York, UCLA, Sydney Opera House (Drum Drum, Sing Sing), Tjibou cultural centre New Caledonia, throughout Europe, plus 5 national tours of the USA with Drum Drum from 2001-2005, and consistently throughout the Pacific.
His latest endeavor bears the fruits of his passion- a musical pioneer, traversing a sonic globe, timeless and without limits.