I was born in the Nebilyer valley in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. My ancestry stems from three tribes:
the Palka (my father’s people), the Kusamb (my mother’s people), and the Ulka – the tribe who adopted my parents and our family.
My mother (Kepa Kenambu) passed away shortly after my birth leaving my father (Yagumbu Tuna) to care for four small children. At that time no women in the village were breastfeeding so my father decided to take me to the nearest Catholic Mission to source help. I was well cared for by a German nun and then adopted by an Australian couple (Peter and Leonie Meere) with the full authorization of my father. I grew up in Australia and was blessed with the privilege of belonging to two distinct cultures.
Music has always played an important role in my life and the lives of my family in Papua New Guinea and in Australia. Traditionally in the Nebilyer, music was sacred and was respected as a powerful force which brought the community together. It was a means to share stories and record important information and knowledge.
Klare is a professional Musician (singer / song writer) and qualified Arts educator, and holds a Degree in Jazz from ANU & a Master of Arts in Music from Macquarie University.
Klare has been the Musical Director for numerous cross cultural music projects, co-produced 2 studio albums and the children's program 2 Pela Island.
My inspiration and motivation to create Music comes from a spiritual source. Having grown up in such diversity I had many questions as a young teenager. Most of my questions had to do with the issue of “ Identity”. It took me many long years and many trips back to Papua New Guinea to realize that my life was like a ‘bridge’ between two cultures.
In 1999 I had the privledge of meeting Uncle Ray Wymarra an Indigenous elder from Injinoo in north Queensland. Uncle was also a musician and I met him on an Indigenous recording project. It was at this time that he taught me about his culture and Lore (law) and especially about the renewal of that Spiritual Lore (law). This new Lore (Law) he was referring to was the Bahai Faith.
Today, the Bahai Faith is the spiritual source in which I draw spiritual inspiration, guidance and insight. It is a Faith that teaches the Universal principals of: ‘The Oneness of Humanity, the Oneness of all the World’s major Religions and the Oneness of the Great Spirit (Creator). For more information about the Bahai Faith please visit: www.bahai.org