Reconnecting with traditional music in Vanuatu

Reconnecting with traditional music in Vanuatu

Reconnecting with traditional music in Vanuatu

Updated 29 January 2014, 11:12 AEDT

Vanuatu's Ambrym island will host the 2014 Singaot Musik Kamp where musicians can reconnect with traditional songs and dances

Following the huge success of  Vanuatu's inaugural 'Singaot Musik Kamp' in  October 2013, organisers are  planning the next edition of the event. It will be held on Ambrym island, in September 2014.  

Over sixty musicians from around the Pacific region and the world took part in the first edition of the Singaot Musik Kamp held in Santo last year,  in conjunction with the Fest Napuan festival, Vanuatu's annual international music event. 

The  two-week music workshops gave local musicians and international visitors the opportunity to delve into their cultural heritage, share their  traditional songs and dances and discuss developments for indigenous music. 

Vanuatu musician and author Marcel Meltherorong could be considered as a music ambassador for Vanuatu. He has been exploring the use of traditional instruments in contemporary music for some time.  He says the Singaot Musik Kamp is a way for young urban musicians to reconnect with their cultural heritage and traditional songs and dances. It is also an opportunity for them to see that they have something unique.
Marcel Meltherorong  shares his thoughts on the importance of nurturing traditional culture in our globalized world with Isabelle Genoux
Speaker:  Marcel Meltherorong, musician, writer from Vanuatu 
Presenter: Isabelle Genoux

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