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.
Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 262 pp., 37 ill., 1 CD with 13 musical examples
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.