Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Polynesian Dances of Bellona (Mungiki), Solomon Islands

Various Artists FW04274 / FE 4274

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.

Year Released 1978
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1978 Folkways Records

Genre(s) World
Country(s) Solomon Islands
Subject(s) World music
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101 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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