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09 November 2012

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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.
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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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