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Music and Culture in South-East New Britain

Unesco Territorial Survey of Oceanic Music- Report on Field Research Conducted in August-October 1988

Wolfgang Laade

The author has documented for the first time the music of the people of South-East New Britain: the Lote and Maenge (Mengen) of the coast and the Mamusi of the interior. Choral songs dominate; instrumental music consists of flute and panpipe tunes. Initiation and death ceremonies play a central role in these Melanesian societies.
Contents: The land and its history – History of research – The people of the South-East – Social organisation, economy, wealth and Big Men, spirits and charms – The Life Cycle and the big ceremonies – Children's games – Music and dance, musical and sound producing instruments – Folk tales.