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Music of Melanesia

Melanesian music
Maluku</tr> New Caledonia</tr> Papua</tr> Papua New Guinea</tr> Solomon Islands</tr> Torres Strait</tr> Vanuatu</tr> West Irian Jaya</tr>

Melanesian music refers to the various musical traditions found across the vast region of Melanesia.

Vocal music is very common across Melanesia;

  1. REDIRECT Template:Citation needed span Hand gestures are an important part of many songs, and most traditional music is dance music.

Folk instruments include various kinds of drums and slit-log gongs, flutes, panpipes,[1] stamping tubes, rattles, among others.[2] Occasionally, European guitars and ukuleles are also used.[3]


  1. ^ See Zemp (1979, 1994).
  2. ^ See François & Stern (2013), p.76-86.
  3. ^ See also Stern (2000).


  • Ammann, Raymond. 2012. Sounds of Secrets: Field Notes on Ritual Music and Musical Instruments on the Islands of Vanuatu. KlangKulturStudien – SoundCultureStudies, 7. Berlin: LIT Verlag.
  • Crowe, Peter. 1994. Vanuatu (Nouvelles Hébrides): Singsing-Danis Kastom–Musiques Coutumières. AIMP XXXIV, CD-796. Genève: VDE-GALLO.
  • François, Alexandre; Stern, Monika (2013), Musiques du Vanuatu: Fêtes et Mystères – Music of Vanuatu: Celebrations and Mysteries (CD album, released with liner notes and ebook), label Inédit, W260147, Paris: Maison des Cultures du Monde .
  • Huffman, Kirk. 1996. Single bamboo flutes. In Joël Bonnemaison; Kirk Huffman; Christian Kaufmann, & Darrell Tryon (eds), Arts of Vanuatu. Bathurst: Crawford House Press. Pp.150-153.
  • Stern, Monika. 2000. La permanence du changement ou les métissages musicaux au Vanuatu. Cahiers de Musiques Traditionnelles n°13 "Métissages". Genève: Georg/ADEM, 179-202.
  • Zemp, Hugo. 1979. Aspects of ’Are’are Musical Theory. Ethnomusicology 23 (1): 5-48.
  • Zemp, Hugo. 1994. ’Are’are Panpipe Ensembles. Paris: Le Chant du Monde.

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