I'm releasing a newly written (and unreleased) song,
a music video and short documentary that explores my personal story
of family, culture and heritage. To record these pieces, I'll be
travelling to my home-country of Papua New Guinea with fellow
friend and film-maker Jadon Avosa Calvert. Our feet hit PNG soil
October 15, but we need your help to explore the diverse cultures
in different villages around the country (prices for domestic
flights are criminal). With your help, we can create an amazing
piece of art that can strengthen, encourage and challenge people's
lives in Papua New Guinea and all over the world.
When I was young growing up in New Zealand, I was
ashamed of my Papua New Guinean heritage. We were the minority.
There was always a sense of something missing, and a deep curiosity
about the 'other side' of who I was.
Then, I went home for the first time in August
I cannot adequately explain what coming home did to
and for me, which is why we have launched this project so that you
can see, hear and experience it for yourself.
This country is FULL of the most beautiful fruits,
wildlife and nature, not to mention people!
But the country is also clouded by corruption and a
lack of media, education and transparency. This truth will be told
through this film.
This life allows us to decide many things, but our
heritage is not one of them. Hopefully, through this film and my
music I can give Papua New Guinean children something to be proud
of and encourage them to connect with their roots.
My music, Vallé
Music helped me find my rhythm after a tumultuous
start at life. It is my friend, my outlet, and how I express
myself. I recorded my first song at the age of 13, and now, 9 years
later under my stage name of Vallé, I have released original
Hip Hop and R'n'B songs such as 'No Love', and 'Never
Leave Ya' - a collaboration with OLYMPUS and Leilani.
out my music on youtube
With the help of my incredible independent label -
Aformation, in partnership with AWAL - I plan to spread my story,
and the stories of Papua New Guinea all over the world through my
I'm amped to reveal this new project to the world,
and it will all be thanks to the support of all of you, my
beautiful friends, family and fans.