Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sanguma band to hold tribute concert for Tony Subam

You heard it hear first! SANGUMA band will have a special tribute concert after the funeral of founding member, TONY SUBAM next week. 
This was announced at an emotional reunion of surviving band members BURUKA TAU, SEBASTIAN MIYONI, THOMAS KOMBOI, RAYMOND HAKENA and AARON MURRAY which I've just returned from. 
SANGUMA REUNION: Surviving Sanguma band members (from left) BURUKA TAU, SEBASTIAN MIYONI, THOMAS KOMBOI, RAYMOND HAKENA and AARON MURRAY at today's emotional reunion following the death of founder TONY SUBAM. This was at their old stomping grounds, the National Arts School (now University of PNG Arts Strand)
Memories of the glory days of the 70s and 80s came pouring out at today's gathering.


  1. Anonymous12:55 AM

    I write from Western Australia.
    Tony's sudden passing had touched many people. May his musical legacy touch many more: such as the unique sounds of Sanguma.
    from Justin Tonti

  2. The Sanguma - Real Papua New Guinea Musicians, Tony Subam will be remembered by those who witnessed him performing back in the 70's and 80's with the Sanguma

  3. Anonymous8:08 AM

    Tony will be missed by all his American Friends, especially the Warren Family. We want to send our heartfelt prayers to the rest of the band, our second family. We miss you and love you. Daker Warren

  4. This tragic news is truly devastating, I just can't believe he's gone. During the recent World Music Expo in Melbourne, Australia, I had the pleasure of Tony's company, shopping, hanging out and watching him perform with Richard Mogu. We had made plans to meet up again very soon in POM. If only I had known that these were the last precious moments I would spend with him. During the '80's I enjoyed my role as the roadie with Sanguma for their Australian tour. Tony forged links with other musicians worldwide including many here in Australia that were inspirational. He was a remarkable and talented musician and a truly humble man. He paved the way for a generation of PNG musicians and was many years ahead of his time. I join many around the world who will miss him dearly. Sincere condolences to his wonderful family and many friends and brothers & sisters in music. RIP brother, you're unforgettable. Harrison Bein (Melbourne)

  5. Anonymous12:17 AM

    It is sad news of the passing of one PNG's greatest and influential musician. Tony will always be remembered as a pioneer of early contemporary music. He will be sorely missed. Reginald Ledimo(Brisbane)

  6. Anonymous1:10 AM

    Does it have to be the death of you to bring the group back together to perform? I have been talking on FaceBook and also discussing with you and Buruka in September/October about getting the band back together. Rest in peace my Brother. I will make sure you live on in our thoughts. Jodam