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Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Various Artists
Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Recorded in 1974 in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki) chronicles a renaissance of ceremonial songs and dances that were banned by Christian missionaries in the 1940s. Included are historic dances such as the suahongi, which is performed after a ritual distribution ceremony (manga’e) in which men share the surplus harvest from fishing and gardening with the rest of the village. Songs are carefully structured and often feature call and response, speech–song, and complex vocal rhythms. Liner notes include a brief history of the island of Bellona and its music as well as track notes.

Track Listing

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Suahongi,The: (I) Na Huatanga 'Eha Jason Giusanga, Momoka and Tepuke with a group of 12 men 17:35
102
Suahongi,The: (II) Na Ngiba Jason Giusanga, Momoka and Tepuke with a group of 12 men 6:50
103
Suahongi,The: (III) Te Hakatamatama Jason Giusanga, Momoka and Tepuke with a group of 12 men 3:27
201
Mu'aabaka Pati: The Taki by Takiika A group of men and women 2:42
202
Mu'aabaka Pati: The Introductory Pati by Sa'engeika A group of men and women 1:28
203
Mu'aabaka Pati: The Introductory Pati by Tupuimatangi A group of men and women 2:14
204
Mako Hakapaungo, A-D Jason Giusanga a dn group 2:51
205
Papa of the Deities,The: The Ancient Introductory Song Group led by Harry Mamata 3:28
206
The Papa of the Deities: Dance Songs, A-G 12 men led by Harry Mamata 4:38
207
Dance [of] Heaven, A-E 12 men with Momoka beating the sounding board 2:02
208
Hakatenge, A-D 12 men Jason Giusanga beats the sounding board 3:53

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