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Fiji: Songs of Love and Homeland: String Band Music

Various Artists
Fiji: Songs of Love and Homeland: String Band Music

From island villages of Fiji in the Melanesian South Pacific, the songs known as sere ni cumu are music of a special time and place. These 1986 recordings represent social songs that brought life and togetherness to the beer- or kava-drinking gatherings of the 1920s and beyond. Drawing from pre-European texts and music styles, as well as European melodies and harmonies and ukulele and guitar accompaniment, they mark the sound of Fiji village life of their era. 58 minutes, 22-page notes.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

101
Kauti Au Ena Vakacegu (Lead me gently to my resting place) Vatulawa Trio 3:09
102
Isa Lei Ko Iteni (Beautiful Eden) Vatulawa Trio 4:00
103
Luvuci Au (I am touched with grief) Vatulawa Trio 4:03
104
Lewe Kei na Sui (Flesh and bone) Vatulawa Trio 3:47
105
Na Tagi na Rarawa (Your tears of sorrow) Vatulawa Trio 4:12
106
Marama (Ladies) Vatulawa Trio 2:07
107
Unaisi Kautoga Vatulawa Trio 3:17
108
Au Mai Kidavaki (You welcome me) Vatulawa Trio 2:30
109
Sa Rogo Levu na Noqu Vanua (My land was famous) Baidamudamu village group 4:01
110
Ko Lomaloma (Lomaloma) Vuna village group 2:22
111
Noqu Vanua (My island) Solovola village group 5:52
112
Au Bau Via Talanoa (I want to tell a story) Naselesele village group 3:02
113
Ko Droka na Bogi (The night masquerader) Dreketi (Qamea) village group 2:21
114
Au na Viriya (I will build) Caucau ni na Somo group 3:24
115
Ni Rogoca Mada na Noqu i Talanoa (Please hear my story) Baidamudamu village group 2:34
116
Turaga ni Nanumi Viti (Lord remember Fiji) Caucau ni Delai Tabana 2:45
117
Ke Ko Dovu (If you were sugarcane) Waica village group 1:21
118
Talanoa ni Noqu Koro (Story of my village) Vuna village band 3:45

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