South Pacific: Island Music (Nonesuch Explorer Series, 1981)


Another fine release in the never too celebrated Nonesuch catalogue (see also the Faramarz Payvar post), reprinted in 2003.

«If you're looking for sweet singing, steel guitars, and the tourist trappings of the South Pacific, you'll need to look elsewhere. These 28 tracks are off the beaten track, but anyone keeping to the straight and narrow might find the results far more satisfying. Of particular interest are the songs and chants, like "Imenetuki," with some eerie, shifting harmonies from the Cook Islands, and the easy beauty of the Tongan "Faikava Love Song." The pan pipes of the Solomon Islands sound like no other, and "Pan Pipe Ensemble" has an almost modern European flavor to it, while the slightly dissonant harmonies of the female singers recall Bulgarian choirs. Over in the Gilbert Islands, the song "Te Kawawa" has an elastic quality, the single male voice sliding in microtones around the notes. A drum accompanies Samoan women as they sing a lullaby on "Tagi," the slow rhythm like a pulse beat. In other words, there's plenty going on here; it's an indigenous travelogue through the Pacific Islands. Beautifully recorded with stunning clarity, the reissue of this 1981 album is a delight.» (AMG)


1-4: Cook Islands
5-9: Tonga
10-13: Fiji
14-19: Solomon Islands
20-22: Gilbert Islands (Kiribati)
23-26: Western Samoa)
27: Tahiti (French Polynesia)

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Anonymous said...

I used to use this album in class all the time, but my brother took it off with him when he moved.

Tom said...

Thank you! Really looking forward to giving this a listen!