PNG music legendary George Telek is diagnosed with terminal cancer on his mouth and needs immediate medical attention.
Telek known to have popularised PNG music on the international stage with his fresh contemporary songs was performing in Gold Coast two weeks ago for the Commonwealth Games when he was diagnosed with the deadly disease.
He will undergo surgery the Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane in the coming days.
“George has been a big part of all our lives. He has given to so many of us through his music,” says friend and fan David Bridie.
Mr Bridie says Telek, the greatest musician the country has ever had, needs support for his musical contribution.
“Now is the time for us to support him in his time of need as he goes through this serious hospital treatment. To those who can afford it, it would be wonderful if you could contribute to the following crowd-funding site.”
Telek has been spearheading the global popularity of PNG music for the past 40 years, which has earned him an MBE medal.
Although he lives in his village called Raluana, just outside of Kokopo, his music has been globally recognised and highly regarded by some of the biggest names in music on the planet.
Greatly inspired by his Tolai culture, his unique blend can be heard through his various bands called the Painim Wok, The Moab Stringband and his latest project called the, “A Bit Na Ta”.
Through music, Telek uses his popularity to humbly support media campaigns on freedom of the press and health and sanitation in rural areas of PNG.
Reverberating across the pacific his songs carry messages of hope and unity and wholeheartedly supports West Papua’s freedom and addresses social issues.
Among many tunes we remember popular sounds such as “Akave”, the devastation of PNG’s natural rainforests and hits such as Mispaia, Iau Serious Tam, Happy Island Girl, Mi Save Wari and Namisale.
These favourites, make-up the soundtrack shared by so many people in all walks of life across PNG, Australia and Melanesia.
Even as a solo international artist George continues to promote his culture and continues to expose PNG on the global stage.
Telek’s surgery will follow with a radiation therapy which will take him a six month recovery period.
Crowd funding has begun to help pay for his medical bills and George is overwhelmed by the generosity and messages of concern from his legion of fans.
For all donations please visit: https://chuffed.org/project/help-george-telek and also email enquiries t email@example.com