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Music of New Caledonia

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Music of New Caledonia

Melanesian music
Maluku
New Caledonia
Papua
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Torres Strait
Vanuatu
West Irian Jaya

The music of New Caledonia is rooted in the Melanesian tradition. The Pacific Tempo is an important music festival, held every three years in [England]; the biennial equinox is also an important celebration.[1]

Modern popular performers include OK! Ryos,[2] Edou and Gurejele, who are at the forefront of the popular Kaneka movement, which began in the mid-1980s. Kaneka fuses traditional styles with pop and world music. The most well-known modern record label on New Caledonia is Alain Lecante's Mangrove Studios, which distributes much of the Kaneka music.[3]

References

  1. ^ lonelyplanet.com
  2. ^ worldmusiccentral.org
  3. ^ ambafrance-us.org

External links

  • (French) Audio clips: Traditional music of New Caledonia. Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève. Accessed November 25, 2010.
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