Formed in the 1978, the Helgas band is more commonly known to be a family band because it initially began with brother and sister, Frank and Gilda Gaoma and their cousins Tau and Heisi Oala and Gagari Vali. Because of their family ties, the band originates from a village known as Ukaukana, in Gabadi of the Kairuku district, Central Province. Strangely enough though, their name was taken from an American movie.
The band‚Äôs musical career became a reality when then sound engineer, Tom Sinari, of the CHM 8-Track Studio proposed one evening to take the group to record an album under the CHM label. And in June 1981 the band released its first album ‚ÄòAio Arabi‚Äô and has to date released a total of 24 albums ‚Äì all with the same recording label ‚Äì and naturally with a few changes here and there to band members. Word has it that the band plans to record another album and this time with the inclusion of original members such as Tau Oala.
The band was given Gold Cassette Award for the best selling band from 1981 ‚Äì 1985 during the official opening of the CHM Supersound Studios 48-track studio situated at Gordon‚Äôs, in the nation‚Äôs capital.
Helgas top album is probably ‚ÄúPore Vavine‚Äù, a colourfully decorated video clip accompanying the title track shot on a riverside with Miss Gaoma, the then lead vocalist of the band, swaying side to side to represent the hula-type dance style of the Central province. Helgas‚Äô style of music is stringband-based composed or re-arranged to be sung in Gabadi, Motu, Waima, Doura and many other languages of the Central province.