Did you know?Posted: May 19, 2011
…that this lullaby from Malaita in the Solomon Islands was actually “stolen” by a French group called Deep Forest, who remixed it and turned it into an award winning production back in the 1990s? [see more here…]
Below is what won them grammies and milions of dollars in royalties.
And they had the cheek to perpetuate a long standing notion that this lullaby came from Africa.
Not a cent was given to the custodians of this lullaby for the use of their intellectual property.
The pillaging by the French, it appears, is never-ending.
This decade, we see them moving across the islands to Papua New Guinea, where the local word “bilum” is at the centre of yet another propriety theft.
When will it end?
I say it’s time that Pacific people wake up and do something about protecting their Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Culture!