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