Contemporary Melanesian Song No. 7

String band song in “Yanger” style from Halmahera Island, Maluku, Indonesia [Source: YouTube].

Interestingly, the strumming rhythm pattern is very similar to that used by Black Paradise (Contemporary Melanesian Song No. 6), and the bass instrument on the left is similar to that from the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (see Contemporary Melanesian Song No. 3). Again it can be seen how far across the Pacific from East to West the string band ensemble concept spread. This band incorporates folk fiddles, possibly a Portuguese influence.

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