Sigidrigi still rules!Posted: February 4, 2013
Sigidrigi, by the standards of most indigenous Fijians, is still king in the local music culture. That raw vocal harmony tailored so very closely to folk sounds, be it a vucu (chants), meke (traditional dances) or vakalutuivoce (a two-voiced variation of a chant) has a way of tugging at the heart of the Fijian as he or she gets older.
Here is a definition of ‘sigidrigi’ from a paper titled: ” FIJIAN SIGIDRIGI AND THE SONIC REPRESENTATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF PLACE” by Jennifer Cattermole, published in Transforming Cultures eJournal in 2009:
This paper explores how the inhabitants of Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest island, use the music genre known as sigidrigi (from the English ‘sing drink’) to articulate and redefine their relationships to particular places. Sigidrigi songs are often performed by groups of men to entertain people during informal yaqona (or kava as it is known throughout Polynesia) drinking sessions. They feature three or four-part vocal harmony, and are accompanied by guitar and/or ukulele.
Fijian popular music is all about digital sounds which fit in well with the younger generation but you will still find devoted followers of sigidrigi around the grog sessions.
As well as local musicians who take time to keep this form of indigenous music alive, such as this wonderful group below, Drodrolagi kei Nautosolo from Vanualevu in Northern Fiji.
They sing old sigidrigi favourites and some new compositions!