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09 November 2012


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I feel pride in being an Endugla man where Pat Siwi and Siwi Muruk come from. I have known Pat as a moral character and an advocate of contemporary music and art. He is a role model for music fans in this changing world.

Pat Siwi was the reason why I took my first guitar lesson.

I agree with Pat that live performances are good for our musicians. They not only showcase the artistic gift our musicians possess but add value to whatever a musician does (behind the scenes) in the recording studio.

Pat has achieved all that and went into retirement a legend in PNG music and his story will live on for generations. We love you Pat. You were our inspiration.

Pat Siwi and his famous Wahgı Hell Cats wıll go down the memory lane as one of the greatest ever band to come out the great Wahgı Dıvıde and the Hıghlands.

They rank alongsıde the famous Sanguma band as another PNG band to successfully tour the Unıted States ın the 1980s.

Growıng up ın the early 1980s ın Kavıeng, I lıstened to bands lıke Aprıl Sun, Paınım Wok, Yellow Top, Barıke amongts others but used to wonder about the song the song 'Aıyo Manayo' as ıt struck a chord ın my young heart as a Hıghlander.

As fate would dıctate I caught up wıth Pat from 2007 to 2012 as we became assocıated wıth the runnıng of the famous Goroka Show.

Hıs Kumul Studıos were contracted to do the amphıtheatre for the Goroka Show whıch he always delıvered successfully. And he hadn't lost hıs voıce eıther when he was requested to blast some numbers from the Wahgı Hell Cats at the 2010 Goroka Show Ball. You a legend Pat!

Pat Siwi was the best in the 1970s and beyond. I was his fan then and still enjoy the Wahgi Hellcats hits. It's a pity I don't know where to get all the songs Wahgi Hellcats released.

Go to the FaceBook page of the Wahgi Hellcats managed by executive director of the Hellcats projects.

Mr Tony Siab would like to thank Keith and Sil for the detailed story.

Pat is working on an album currently.

Am searching for some of his songs in the internet,please some one help me with the titles of his songs..thank you..

How not to carry a double bass onto the tube. It was late, and I was trying to catch the last tube home (Piccadilly line Circus to Cockfosters if you must know).

Now as you may know London tube trains have rather low doors. Anyhow I rushed up as the train was about to leave and in my hurry knocked the scroll top off my double bass! Luckily I managed to grab it before it hit the tracks and next day repaired it with Araldite.

So if anyone finds a Guarneri bass with Araldite holding the scroll together, it's mine!

I often watched the Wahgi Hellcats play in Hagen many years ago. If I remember correctly one of the band was very young at that time. He was maybe ten or twelve years old but played like a veteran. while the whole band was good, we were greatly surprised at the skill of the youngest member, I do not know his name. Pat Siwi was also playing rugby League, - my memory fails me about which team he played for - Magani or Brothers?

Just for the record, Pat is not from Endugla Tribe. He is from the Kamanuku tribe, Enduglakane clan.

I love his music and have some of his good old song collections that I always keep in my PC and on CDs that I take around all the time.

I wish PNG had real talented musicians that can perform live with instruments rather than sitting behind a computer using software and rapping rubbish we can't even understand what they are mumbling.

They perform on camera as if they are a little rap gangs from the east or west coast.

His voice was as rich as ever when he performed 'New York City' at Grand Chief Sir Peter Ipatas KBE's knighthood party thrown by his son at Bluff Inn recently. I was so caried away, I forgot to drink my glass of wine.

Yes, its long overdue Siwi needs some sort of official recognition. The government forgets people involved in the arts - painters, singers, actors, dancers, standup comedians etc...

Pat was the reason I first took up the guitar. Waghi Hellcats were regular weekend fixture in Banz back in the day. I currently live & work in POM and my PC desktop is forever fixed with Waghi Hellcats music. I am also looking for cassettes (or CDs, if any) esp 1 with the Yellow cover with little black cats. I had it with other Pats music but they got snatched by other fans!

I have crossed paths with Pat so many times in Banz, Minj, Hagen, Simbu & Goroka over the years, secretly played his music with other bands.

Pat Ngal ka you are real legend and you a true favourite son of Minj because that band Waghi Hellcats is a Jiwaka fame name we all treasure today, Pat your legency will continue into the future. Laikim isteret yah na !!!
Mathew Ding
Government House,
Konedobu, Port Moresby

Pat Siwi was and is still a favorite musician and singer. I have been looking for a copy of his cassette and was fortunate enough to buy one but sadly it was stolen by another Pat fan as I suspected. I am still after a copy of his cassette recording with a yellow cover having designs of cats. The Whagi Helcats was truly a PNG born Rock Band that deserves recognition today as well as the band leader Pat Siwi need recognition for his efforts in music in PNG.

Mr Kin, call Pat Siwi on this number (70104226) and he will shed some light on where we can find his CD/cassettes.

Mr Kamasua, as far as I know, Pat Siwi has not been knighted yet. Simbu, Eastern Highlands and Engans MPs should unite for Pat to be knighted.

I am curious to know if Pat Siwi received any awards from the Queen?

Bro, Joe Sil, How do we get hold of a CD/DVD of the mighty Wahgi Helcats? Cant find any in Kundiawa or Goroka.

Sil - Great piece and well put together. Remember being with you when you interviewed the great legend of rock. Pat Siwi spoke using the great powers of the English language and eloquently. Very intelligent, simple but highly visionary. Wahgi Hellcats songs will never cease to entertain.

Hi Eileen

The lyrics in Simbu (Wahgi Hellcats) are these:
Na kinde sungs botna mina pai molka
Na mana ukan kai eruma
Aiya mana yo (x3)
na kinde sume re do

Can someone send me the lyrics of Na Kinde Sunga?

Wahgi Hellcats came and played live in Kompiam in 1980 or 81 when I was just a kid attending primary school. I vividly remember their songs. Lead guitarist rocks!

Awesome legends, I loved all their songs.. Deserve the highest honour.

Similarly, I enjoyed listening to the Hellcats in my primary school days. What a name in itself though, the "Hellcats" and they did rock New York.

They were indeed ahead of their time. It is a shame we havent recognised contributions from musicians like Pat Siwi formal manner.

As they say, they dont sing like that anymore. I love love to see some clips on youtube if anyone has it.

Great article and very informative. My favourite was Sweet Sixteen.

I call Wahgi Hellcats' brand of music timeless music. After 40 years the taste and heartbeat still remains the same.

Furthermore, I agree that through life performances one can expose his or her natural talent and also make some immediate cash.

Agreed, a musical genius born before his time. I grew up listening to his music; it has been 30 years since the day I first heard his tapes.

He deserves a knighthood. A true rock legend just like Chuck Berry, CCR and all the rockers of his time inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Our rocker deserves a knighthood.

He is the real Living Legend of PNG Music, and he deserves an honour now.

Thanks Sil for the great article. This band had once rocked New York city in 70s with its song 'New York City'. Really like the lyrics. He deserves honour.

Thanks for this article, I am one of Pat's fan and I wish I had all his music albums.

He was the best singer & performer in my day and he was definitely my favorite singer with his band The Mighty Waghi Hellcats....

Thank you for this great article. I was searching for the lyrics for the song 'New York City' and I came across your article by accident...but really enjoyed reading this. I'm now 48 years old and I just remembered myself as a 10 year old dancing on the dance floor like i was on the back of a buffalo in a rodeo every time Waghi Hellcat's 'New York City' was played.

Thank you so much Pat Siwi & The Waghi Hellcats. Your music was class above class. You guys deserve to be honored.

I truly support Pat's comment on PNG music.

Music promoters must stage more group talent competitions with more live performances so they can fit to any kind of music groups: solos and composing own materials etc, etc.

A true legend, who in fact was born before his time.

I was with Sil Bolkin when the interview was conducted.

Pat spoke his mind and heart straight out, did not hold anything behind.

A gentleman, a rock star, a rugby league administrator, and a humble ambassador. Thank you Sir Pat.

PNG unfortunately does not keep good records of all endeavours from cradle to firm foundation, and the PNG music industry is no different.

Hence Johnny Diwai and the Splinters are history to those who know them - lost in the lane of history and, for others, they never existed.

And what happened to 'Johnny Diwai and the Splinters'?

I didn't get his permission but I know he wouldn't mind.

Pat Siwi's phone number is 70104226. Cheers!

Can someone please give me a contact number for the legend?

Port Moresby used to rock in the 1960s to Carolus 'Charlie' Ketsimur and his Binatangs at St Joseph's Hall, Boroko.

At the time, Carolus was a journalist with the ABC's 9PA news service.

Today, he's involved with Radio New Dawn on Bougainville, and is a member of the Bougainville Assembly.

Charlie was one of the founders of New Dawn FM although no longer associated with the station. He is now has the important role of Minister for Roads, Infrastructure and Aviation in the Autonomous Bougainville Government. Charlie hits up a bit of jazz when he has the opportunity - KJ

Legendary stuff! Thanks for sharing.

Good one bro Sil. I was at the Crown that night and I met the good man there.

When he took the stage, his first song was none other than "Na Kinde Sunga", definitely an all time favourite.

The old feller belted it and everybody in ball room sang along. When he finnished, we gave him a standing ovation.

Yes I agree Pat deserves recgnition for his contribution to music....but alas the top government people will want something under the table, like the yellow bisnis fellers in town are doing.

I truly don't think Pat stands a chance, but surely I hope some good people, like Hon Wera Mori and Hon Kerenga Kua are the two people who come to mind, who can take this up in the higher circles. Cheers all.

Sil, I enjoyed reading this piece because it reminded me of my own origin.

The Peris, Muruks, Yegioras and Lombis have a historical connection.

Our forefather's were very brave Sepik men who ventured into the Highlands as part of the colonial administration.

In different ways these Sepiks contributed to the development of the province, regardless of the fact that they were foreigners.

As a third generation offspring, who is more quarter-caste then half-caste, I am proud of my forefathers and categorize them in the same category as Somare and other patriotic men in our history.

I agree with all you say. Pat is a genuine, likeable and talented musician who has stuck to his own vision and used his own resources to create relevant music and a scene he envisaged, rather than to make a fortune.

He has gone on doing his thing with both guts and a smile. He deserves our congratulations and all success as 2013 rolls on.

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