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Nuto Suama

by Nomini Permae

The unique music of Mambor (a small island in Papua province, Indonesia) blends local experiences with traditional American country and gospel music. Lyrics are in Moor, a language with a thousand speakers.
Genre: World: Indonesian
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Freight Train
1:04 $0.99
2. Igwanani Va
4:14 $0.99
3. Aorana Gworem Igwo
2:58 $0.99
4. Gwa'o Rirano Ne Sien
4:07 $0.99
5. Firu Isaramia
4:32 $0.99
6. Rama Itara Sien
5:27 $0.99
7. Firu Aheari
3:23 $0.99
8. Ve Ara'a Morao Kaumo
4:35 $0.99
9. Firu Aheari (#2)
2:02 $0.99
10. Aeno Here
5:01 $0.99
11. Sien Tarama Ma'o
6:01 $0.99
12. Aro Raroti
3:32 $0.99
13. Nomini
4:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nomini Permae (“beautiful Mambor”) is a group of musicians from Mambor, a small island of 500 inhabitants located two hours’ journey from the city of Nabire in Papua province, Indonesia. Heard through Western ears, their music is both familiar and unfamiliar. It blends familiar country rhythms (performed on guitar, ukulele, and bass) and the universal themes of love, loss, and religion with an unfamiliar language and cultural context.

The language, Moor, is spoken fluently only by a thousand people. It belongs to the large Austronesian family of languages, and as such is very distantly related to Indonesian (the national language of Indonesia). Moor is unknown even to most residents of Papua province. Children are no longer learning the language; its vitality is threatened and its future is uncertain.

The cultural context is that of a small village where fishing is the principal occupation and fish and sago (the edible pith of the sago palm) are the principal foods. Extended families are large and create complex networks of interlocking social obligations. Marriages generally do not happen without the parents’ consent. Protestantism, introduced by Dutch missionaries in the early 20th century, is universally practiced.

This album, Nuto Suama (“Suama Island”), contains a variety of Nomini Permae’s religious and non-religious songs. The first track, Freight Train, is a nod to the Western influence in Nomini Permae’s music. The other tracks are original compositions. All tracks were recorded on location on Mambor and neighboring islands.



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