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Freedom song released

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, March 08, 2014

A MUSICIAN has voiced his support for the people of West Papua with the release of a song titled Rise Morning Star.

Vude king Seru Serevi launched the single at a ceremony in the Fiji Performing Rights Association office in Suva this week.

The event also marked Serevi's return to the studio after 15 years and is the first single off his soon-to-be-released new album.

"The inspiration to write this song began close to 20 years ago when I met members of a very popular West Papua band called the Black Brothers," he said.

"Over the years we kept in touch and they asked us to support their cause by highlighting the human rights abuses in their country."

Serevi said the Black Brothers' self-imposed exile to Vanuatu in 1979 in protest against Indonesian government policies and human rights violations was not only supported by musicians in Fiji but also more recently by Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses.

"Rise Morning Star is a song that calls for the freedom of the West Papuans and for the country to be recognised as an autonomous state."

Rosiloa front-man Jim Ratusila also lent a hand and showed his support for the cause by performing on the single.

As leader of the group formerly known as Black Rose, Ratusila had highlighted the struggles of Pacific people including the West Papuans in songs like Power For The People, a single from the band's 2002 album titled Kila.

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