Doc.365, 'Nine gong beats'
Roth, George Kingsley
World Oral Literature Project
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Roth, G. K. (2013). Doc.365, 'Nine gong beats' [Audio file]. http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/244310
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Nine gong beats collected by [?]Ulaosi vosabalavu of Kabara Island in the Lau Group, recorded in Suva in May 1957 + two additional beats. 1) Na lali ni kaci. Used to call the strong men together to defend the village when the enemy has been sighted, order the women, the children & the old men to get away into the bush or caves and summon friendly villages nearby to come to their help. Large gong only. [0.50 - 1.43] 2) [?] Na lali ni saka mote dua koro. Used when a village has been burnt. Both gongs used. [1.44 - 2.55] 3) Na lali ni bokola. Used when a body is brought to be eaten. Both gongs used. [2.56 - 3.37] 4) Na lali ni vuki. Invitation to other villages to become Christian, otherwise they will be attacked. Large gong only. [3.38 - 4.19] 5) Na lali ni wate. Mark the end of fighting and the return of peace. Nowadays [in the 1950s] used to summon people to church. Both gongs used. [4.20 - 5.26] 6) Na lali ni soro masumasu. Used to call people together early in the morning for worship & prayers. One man beats both gongs. [5.27 - 6.07] 7) Na lali vaka turaga. Used to let chief know it is time to assemble for discussion or feasting. Both gongs used. [6.08 - 7.25] 8) Na lali ni mate. Used to announce that the corpse of a dead chief has left his house. The beating is continued until the corpse reaches the burial place. One man beats each gong or one man for both. [7.26 - 8.35] 9) Na lali ni tabu. Announced a prohibition on making noise in a village. Nowadays [in the 1950s], used for announcing the time for children to go to bed or for yaqona drinking to stop. Large gong only. [8.36 - 9.37] 10) Repetition of beat number 2 [stops at 10.50]. 11) Actuality record (live reporting) of a ceremony involving the Tui Lau, made by the Fiji Broadcasting Commission, in Tubou, Lakeba Island, Lau Group in August 1955 and demonstrating Beat number 7. [10.50 - 13.43] Fijian music, songs and dances, recorded by George Kingsley Roth in Fiji in the 1950s. Most of the material is original and was recorded in the field or at the studio of the Fiji Broadcasting Commission Suva. Some tracks are copies of recordings made by the Fiji Broadcasting Commission or the BBC.
Roth, Fiji, music, song, dances
Oceania; Polynesia; Fiji; Viti Levu Island; Suva Oceania; Polynesia; Fiji; Lau Group; Lakeba island; Tubou
August 1955 + May 1957
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