Ifi Palasa

Ifi Palasa: Tongan Brass

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The tongans took with gusto brass bands partly because they already played various wind instruments including conch-shell shawms. This charming recording gives several examples of traditional horns, as well as the brass ensembles themselves. These are nearer to their Western models than many Asian bands, but there are local developments, including the habit of mixing choirs and brass bands.

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