Telek

George Telek is from Papua New Guinea where he is a huge star with legions of fans. Telek's work traverses many musical styles; featuring the haunting vocals which draw on his proud Tolai culture.

The Tolai are a vigorous culture, centred on the Rabaul area of the East New Britain province of Papua New Guinea. Telek sings in pidgin English and his tribal language of Kuantan.

The sweet, soft-focused pop songs on the record tell stories of island life. Telek’s instruments come from the island, but the production is pure UK. Telek has an unabashed fondness for British pop.

After setting foot for the first time in London, Telek’s first task was to go to Abbey Road to have his photo taken, Beatles-style, crossing the street!

Further reading

NTS Work In Progress 2020 selection announced

Real World partnered with NTS Radio to support this artist development programme.

Les Amazones d’Afrique announce new album ‘Amazones Power’

The long-awaited follow up to their 2017 critically-acclaimed debut is out on 24 January 2020.

Exploring the musical dialogue of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Thomas Bartlett’s debut album

Sophie Harris speaks to The Gloaming's Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett about their new...

Track of the day: ‘Áthas’ by The Gloaming

Find out more about one of the stand-out tracks on The Gloaming's third album.