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Traditional Music of the Torres Strait

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This varied recording offers examples of some songs whose melodies have remained virtually the same since they were first recorded in 1898. Dance songs and funeral chants from Murray Island with dr...

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This varied recording offers examples of some songs whose melodies have remained virtually the same since they were first recorded in 1898. Dance songs and funeral chants from Murray Island with drum accompaniment comprise one side of the tape, and the other includes instrumental demonstrations and music from other islands of the Torres Strait as well as some Papuan material.

Production Details
  • CD
  • 124mm x 142mm x 10mm
  • Released 1980
  • ISBN 9780855756567
Track List

1. Secular dance songs and preludes
2. Songs of the Malu-Bomai dances
3. Songs of the Malu-Bomai cult
4. Saibai: Secular dance songs
5. Darnley: Notched Flute, Pan Pipes, String Figure songs and Jingles
6. Hammond Island secular dance song, Western Papua secular dance songs, Cape York ceremonial dance songs

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Cover Image: Mer Island, Torres Strait

Photographer AlATSIS

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