A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY Performance culture in early colonial Rabaul, New Guinea, and the genesis of a Melanesian popular music scen
Issue: Vol 3 No. 2 (1997)
Journal: Perfect Beat
Subject Areas: Popular Music
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.
Author: MICHAEL WEBB