Perfect Beat, Vol 10, No 2 (2009)

Music as territory: Aksim Siming and stringband music in the Madang area

Junichiro Suwa
Issued Date: 11 Nov 2009


This paper discusses sociocultural changes in music in post war Papua New Guinea, by presenting examples of under-researched early stringband activities in the Madang area. The musicians as social actors are seen to be undertaking an act of what the author calls ‘territorialization’, a means of cultural survival through music-making in an era of transition from traditional local chiefdom to modern independent state. The case of Aksim Siming of Kranket, a key figure in the early phases of Madang stringband music, will be presented, along with details of others who participated in guitar and bambooband activities.

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DOI: 10.1558/prbt.v10i2.197


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