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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.

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Track Listing

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Canoe Hauling Songs Jason Giusanga, Momoka and Tepuke with a group of 12 men 2:15
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102
Mako Hakasaunoni Paul Sa'engeika with 12 men in Bellona 2:08
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103
Singing Games A, B, C Eight men and two children of Bellona 2:50
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104
Singing Game, Resurrection Hama Songo'ungi 2:15
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105
Women's Dance 10 men led by Momoka in Honiara 3:54
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106
Introductory Song Taupongi 1:00
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107
Introductory Song Taupongi 1:37
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108
Tattooing Song Joshua Kaipua 5:11
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201
Maghiiti Four men led by Ma'itaki 1:51
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202
Maghiiti 11 men led by Tupe'uhi 4:27
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203
Clapping Songs (Pese): Na Hua A Na Sa'a 10 men led by Joshua Kaipua 8:35
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204
Clapping Songs (Pese): Tau Baalogha Chorus 2:12
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205
Clapping Songs (Pese): Mako Ngenge Group of men led by Haman Songo'ungi 2:31

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