The National, Thursday November 7th, 2013
THE United Church East Central Papua region held its first regional Peroveta Rally at Kalo village, near Hula, last month.
Regional children and youth ministry coordinator Rev Komuna Sogam said the idea was to bring youths together and be encouraged to perform traditional and contemporary forms of peroveta (prophet) singing.
“The rally was an occasion to revive the art of prophet songs among our young generation,” he said.
“This will be an opportune time for youths to showcase their artistic talents by not only composing traditional peroveta but to blend it into the classic guitar peroveta.
“With the youths’ strong desire to perform peroveta, we must grasp this opportunity to encourage them to develop their composing, dance, choreography talents so what they create can be passed on to the younger generation.”
Sogam said the Kalo rally exposed a lot of talent and artistry in dress.
“The rally was successful with a turnout of over 1,500 youths,” he said.
United Church regional education secretary Rev Timo Anikila said the regional children and youth ministry’s efforts to introduce the peroveta rally was significant because it enabled our young charges to know who God was and his purpose for their lives.
He commended Sogam for nurturing children and young people spiritually, culturally, socially and educationally.