Various Artists

Music of Polynesia, Vol. 4: Somoa & Tonga

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This is the fourth of a series of CDs on the music of Polynesia. Listeners hear dances and songs from Samoa and Tonga islands, as well as one song from Tahiti. One of the dances, the otea, is accompanied only by percussion instruments and involves the rhythmic movement of legs and hips. The aparima is accompanied by songs whose texts are expressed by movements of the hands, as can be found all around Polynesia. In another type of dance, the hivinau, the musicians are in the center and the dancers go around them; this dance is a new one and followed Polynesian encounters with Westerners. Music of Polynesia, Vol. 4 is an excellent overview of the music of Samoa and Tonga.

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