Skip to main content

Polynesian Songs and Games from Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Various Artists
Polynesian Songs and Games from Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Recorded in 1976, Polynesian Songs and Games features songs from Bellona, a small island south of the Solomon Island chain. The music of Bellona favors vocal arrangements accompanied by the sparse percussive rhythms of sounding boardings and clapping. According to field recordist Jane Mink Rossen, “Although the musical materials are limited, they are used to great effect through constant variation within a song, implemented by individual improvisation.” Liner notes include an overview of the music of Bellona, track notes, translated lyrics, and photographs.

RELATED LESSON PLAN
"Island Soundscape: Musics of Hawaii, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea"

Track Listing

icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
101
Canoe Hauling Songs Jason Giusanga, Momoka and Tepuke with a group of 12 men 02:15
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
102
Mako Hakasaunoni Paul Sa'engeika with 12 men in Bellona 02:08
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
103
Singing Games A, B, C Eight men and two children of Bellona 02:50
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
104
Singing Game, Resurrection Hama Songo'ungi 02:15
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
105
Women's Dance 10 men led by Momoka in Honiara 03:54
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
106
Introductory Song Taupongi 01:00
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
107
Introductory Song Taupongi 01:37
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
108
Tattooing Song Joshua Kaipua 05:11
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
201
Maghiiti Four men led by Ma'itaki 01:51
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
202
Maghiiti 11 men led by Tupe'uhi 04:27
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
203
Clapping Songs (Pese): Na Hua A Na Sa'a 10 men led by Joshua Kaipua 08:35
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
204
Clapping Songs (Pese): Tau Baalogha Chorus 02:12
icon-circle-play svg-new-pause-button
205
Clapping Songs (Pese): Mako Ngenge Group of men led by Haman Songo'ungi 02:31