Publication of CD “Music of Vanuatu”

Dear all,

It is our great pleasure to announce the publication of a new CD:
Music of Vanuatu: Celebrations and Mysteries

Created jointly by linguist Alex François and ethnomusicologist Monika Stern, this album brings together 41 of the most outstanding musical performances we recorded in northern Vanuatu, during our years in the field. Our selectionhighlights the diversity of instruments, genres and styles found across Vanuatu musical arts. It focuses on live performances, when music is embedded in social practices – such as weddings, funeral or end-of-mourning celebrations, grade-taking ceremonies, but also lullabies, children’s rhymes or games in the forest.

Here is the reference to the CD, which was released officially Monday 4 November 2013:

François, Alexandre & Monika Stern. 2013. Musiques du Vanuatu: Fêtes et Mystères – Music of Vanuatu: Celebrations and Mysteries. Musical recordings (Label Inédit). Paris: Maison des Cultures du Monde. 1 CD, W 260147.  Album: 73’39”, with accompanying booklet (24 + 128 pp.).

The album is presented on the publisher’s page (Maison des Cultures du Monde). You may listen to audio samples there, and purchase either a physical copy of the CD, or mp3 versions (of individual songs or of the whole album) on various online platforms, using the links on the bottom of the page.

Finally, also released on this occasion, is a 128-page bilingual, open-access ebook [downloadable from this page]. This document includes a presentation of Vanuatu’s traditional music; a survey of instruments and genres; an introduction to oral poetry; the translation of the album’s songs; photographs, etc.  More than just the liner notes to our album, this ebook constitutes a synthesis of our cross-disciplinary research on the musical and poetic arts of northern Vanuatu.
I hope you all appreciate the book, and the music!
best wishes



(with Monika

Alex François
Australian National University, Canberra
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