Perfect Beat, Vol 3, No 2 (1997)

A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY Performance culture in early colonial Rabaul, New Guinea, and the genesis of a Melanesian popular music scen

Issued Date: 6 Oct 2015


discussions of the impact of new technologies upon communities
of music aficionados. Michael Webb provides a detailed account of the development of musical practices in colonial Rabaul-on New Britain island, Papua New Guinea- in the 1920s and 1930s. His study emphasises the manner in which various syncretic, inter-cultural practices flourished at a particular colonial crossroads- albeit with various socio-political constraints- long before contemporary 'world beat' practices began to proliferate.

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DOI: 10.1558/prbt.v3i2.28758


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