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A tribute to the great choirs of Melanesia

BY PETER KRANZ

 

WHEN I FIRST went to PNG my Dad (who had served there in World War II) said rather cryptically, "Listen to some Melanesian choirs".

I didn't immediately understand what he meant, but he was a skilled Church choral conductor for over half a century so his advice was worth taking.

Well amidst student riots, political turmoil, raskols shooting my neighbours and robbing my house, I did find time to listen some Melanesian choirs.

My neighbour was a member of the local Catholic choir of a Moresby church which often used to practice at his house.

So I had the great privilege of listening to some of the most beautiful singing I have ever heard - from my front door. God bless you Vincent.

The video is a tribute to them. It is not their choir (whose recordings I cannot find) but it sounds very similar.

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Alex Harris

Nice story, thanks Peter.

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