after visiting fiji this music makes you feel like your still there you can feel there warmth,joy,content,my wife believes just listening to it makes you feel like we are still on fiji time brilliant yours thankfully brett and diane cole
We just got back from a trip to Fiji and loved the music. We took a chance on this CD and are very pleased. It made us both feel like we were back on the islands!
Fiji, a large island group north of New Zealand and southwest of the Samoas, is part of Melanesia. Once a part of the British Empire on the trade route, its music has had several influences, including Indian and Chinese, and European, such as the introduction of the ukelele (an adaptation of a Portuguese instrument) and guitar. The musical major influence is Polynesian, especially the rich multipart harmonies, which itself came from early Missionaries. This recording, however, features the thrilling sound of slit log drums, lali, and bamboo stamping tubes, derua, which augment clave-like sticks and the cupped-hand clapping of singers. The 23-tracks of the 59-minute album cover a variety of meke, dance/song/instrumental combinations: the exciting war dance, spear dance, gentle standing and sitting pieces telling folk tales, and an apparent religious hymn. Two ensembles are heard. The sound quality is satisfactory, but the microphone seems many yards away. The listener seems to be at...
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