Sometime ago while surfing the Internet for more information on the Malaita lullaby Rorogwela, I stumbled upon a video someone made on Solomon Islands culture.

The video was nice but I was instantly drawn to its soundtrack.

What struck me was the very rich, unique and pleasantly natural voice of the singer. Read the rest of this entry »

Sigidrigi still rules!

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Vanuatu’s Rosalina

Fiji is going crazy with “Rosalina”.  In the buses, on the streets, mobile phones, USB speakers…………………….this unique fusion of grassroots and techno from Vanuatu’s Naahu Tribes has kinda taken over from Solomon Islands’ DMP originals and remixes.

I have a 14 year old at home who’s absolutely nuts over this song.

And of course there are those who have gone past that stage. 🙂

Singing Maori

So I stumbled upon this one and got blown away!  Now I’m a fan.

DMP craze

Solomon Islanders, I find, are so talented in music.  I love their traditional sounds and I love their contemporary music.

The group in this video is DMP, initials for DoorMan Project.  They are so hot in Fiji – you will hear them in most public buses in Suva.

Their songs come either in their original forms or as remixes.  I dislike the remix versions but I guess they have a place.

I just hope the boys from DMP are getting some money from the use of their songs by the growing local community of music pirates posing as DJs.

DMP I believe is among the best in the Solomon Islands and the Pacific’s island-reggae music genre.

Tonga has talent!

These may be cover versions but I was thrilled to watch this guy sing.

I think he’s so talented.

Thanks by the way to the ever-thoughtful Tomasi Raikivi who took these videos using his iPhone at the Fiji Showcase underway this week in Suva.

Tom tells me this singer came all the way from Tonga and is the new find of veteran local musician Ken Jensen [a bit on Ken Jensen, Click here]

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