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South Pacific Islands
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Audio CD, November 23, 2004
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Both Telek and O-shen come from Papua New Guinea, a tropical archipelago of dense rainforests and active volcanoes. Telek combines ancient Tolai traditions and contemporary Western music without compromising his native culture. O-shen, the son of American missionaries who was raised in a remote Papuan village, fuses traditional Pacific music with hip-hop and reggae.
OK! Ryos and Gurejele are leading figures in New Caledonias Kaneka movement, a unique music that blends local polyphonic singing styles and traditional rhythms of the Kanak culture with pop and world beat flavors.
Te Vaka, a New Zealand-based band with members from across Oceania, is creating a pan-Pacific pop music that incorporates elements from a variety of cultures into an appealing fusion. Fellow New Zealander Whirimako Black endeavors to bring Maori music, culture, and language to a broader audience.
Finally, from far-off Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, comes Matatoa. Their native language is now spoken by less than 3000 people and is blended here with an upbeat, cross-cultural mix of music.
This enhanced CD features an OK! Ryos music video filmed on the picturesque beaches of New Caledonia, as well as informative liner notes in English, Spanish, and French, striking Lonely Planet photographs and the recipe of a traditional South Pacific dish.
Top Customer Reviews
1)Mana Ma'Ohi-A group from Easter Island (Rapa Nui).Yes,there is more to this island than the giant heads that now adorn tiki rooms everywhere.
2)Sei Ma Le Losa-A song in honor of Greenpeace's founder.Very beautiful.
3)Siasi-A joyous love song.If you look in the liner notes,the lead singer is as easy on the eyes as he is on the ears.
4)Co era so-This has a music video.Wonderful.
5)Watolea-A rousing tune.
Drink this music down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I live in China 9 months a year, so when I have a break I usually go somewhere warm and tropical. This music is a treat for the ears. It is an escape to warm, relaxing paradise. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by matthew
Only a few songs were not suitable for my slide show.
Overall, great tunes and good beat for what I required.
Any CD Putumayo puts out is great. I own a lot of them and each one is upbeat, interesting and multicutural.Published on November 20, 2012 by Marian J. Farris
want to start the day right? want to start light, carefree, and happy? then this CD is a must-have for your collection. Read morePublished on May 6, 2005 by Rax Cee