Music of Melanesia

Melanesian music
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Torres Strait
West Irian Jaya

Melanesian music refers to the various musical traditions found across the vast region of Melanesia.

Vocal music is very common across Melanesia; sitting dances are also attested. Hand gestures are an important part of many songs, and most traditional music is dance music.

Folk instruments include various kinds of drums and slit-log gongs, flutes, panpipes,[1] stamping tubes, rattles, among others.[2] Occasionally, European guitars and ukuleles are also used.[3]


  1. See Zemp (1979, 1994).
  2. See François & Stern (2013), p.76-86.
  3. See also Stern (2000).


See also

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