George Kingsley Roth Fiji Collection

Yanggona chant and gesture song

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  • Subjects

    Yanggona chants

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    George Kingsley Roth Fiji Collection

  • Recording locations

    Vunidawa, Fiji

  • Performers

    unidentified, (lali), unidentified, (singers, male)

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  • Speakers

    Roth, George Kingsley, 1903-1960, (speaker, male)

  • Description

    The ceremonies surrounding the drinking of yanggona (the traditional drink of Fiji made from the powdered root of Piper methysticum), once formed the backbone of Fijian society and culture and accompanied every event both major and minor. The chant heard here is accompanied by gong beating. It is followed by a brief gesture song. All recorded in August 1957 in Vunidawa.

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