Various Artists

Kanak Songs: Feast & Lullabies

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The culture of the New Caledonian Kanaks east of Australia varies from island to island and community to community (the 60,000 Kanaks speak at least 20 languages), yet the music has a good deal of underlying cohesion. The examples here, including a remarkable recitative speech and many swirling songs to percussion, were mostly recorded on the main island of Grande Terre. The music comes with the usual thorough notes. (45:34)

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