Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Ae Tinil Wen Lir / Music of Lihir

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Ae Tinil Wen Lir / Music of Lihir

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AUSTRALIA AND OCEANIA

Ae tinil wen Lir / Music of Lihir. 2008. Lihir Gold Limited LHR001. Distributed by Luke.Kabariu@lglgold.com. Recorded by Kirsty Gillespie. Annotated by Kirsty Gillespie and Nicholas Bainton. 23 pp. of notes in English. Song text translations by Peter Toelinkanut, Joane Saet, and Patrick Turuan. 5 colour photographs. 1 compact disc, 46 tracks (63:47). Includes 2 historical tracks from the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv recorded on wax cylinders in 1908.

In 1995 the construction of a massive gold mine forever altered the culture and landscape of the remote Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland Province. Fortunately, the mining company's commitment to sustainable local development enabled Kirsty Gillespie to undertake ethnomusicological research in collaboration with the local Lihirian Cultural Heritage Committee, resulting in this important first commercial recording of Lihirian music.

The majority of the tracks were the Lihirians' musical response to hearing 1908 wax cylinder recordings made by the Deutsche Marine-Expedition, two of which are included on the CD. Though some are rarely performed today, remarkably these songs are still widely known.

The forty-four recordings from 2008 feature both group and solo singing. Some include rhythmic accompaniment, but the specific instruments playing the unison repeated patterns are not indicated. …

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