International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

SGMDO posts 2011-2012

During 2011-2012, SGMDO posts were made on the following blog: We reproduce these posts below.

Report of the Pacific Festival of Arts for the Palauan delegation

A report was written of the Pacific Festival of Arts for the Palauan delegation, by Manami YASUI (Tenri University) and Junko KONISHI (Shizuoka University). 

Download report


Access to higher resolution version of the report via Dropbox: 

Sounds of Secrets - Raymond Ammann's latest book

Raymond Ammann 
Sounds of Secrets
Field Notes on Ritual Music and Musical Instruments on the Islands of Vanuatu 
Reihe: KlangKulturStudien/SoundCultureStudies
Bd. 7, 2012, 320 S., 31.90 EUR, br., ISBN 978-3-643-80130-2

September 2012 newsletter

Contact the Chair for copies of earlier newsletters.

November 2011 newsletter

Contact the Chair for copies of earlier newsletters.

April 2011 Newsletter

Contact the Chair for copies of earlier newsletters.

Steep Slopes by Kirsty Gillespie

Steep Slopes
Music and change in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Kirsty Gillespie

The Duna live in a physical environment of steep slopes that are sometimes difficult to traverse. A stick of bamboo used as a prop goes a long way in assisting a struggling traveller. Similarly, the Duna live in a social and cultural environment of steep slopes, where the path on which they walk can be precarious and unpredictable. Songs, like the stick of bamboo, assist the Duna in picking their way over this terrain by providing a forum for them to process change as it is experienced, in relation to what is already known.

This book is a musical ethnography of the Duna people of Papua New Guinea. A people who have experienced extraordinary social change in recent history, their musical traditions have also radically changed during this time. New forms of music have been introduced, while ancestral traditions have been altered or even abandoned. This study shows how, through musical creativity, Duna people maintain a connection with their past, and their identity, whilst simultaneously embracing the challenges of the present.

Kulele 4: Occasional Papers on Pacific Music and Dance

Don Niles from the IPNGS Music Department has announced that Kulele 4: Occasional Papers on Pacific Music and Dance is out. It was formally launched on 17 November by Marianna Ellingson, the Director General of the newly established Office of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. Media coverage includes:

The contents are:

Don Niles, “Editor’s Introduction to Zemp & Kaufmann”

Hugo Zemp & Christian Kaufmann, “Towards an Automatic Transcription of Melanesian ‘Drum Languages’ (a Kwoma Example, Papua New Guinea)”

Edward Gende, “Owa: Bush Messages or Signals in the Form of Music”

Vida Chenoweth & Bruce Hooley, “Buang Music”

Naomi Faik-Simet, “Do Modern Cultural Shows/Festivals Maintain and Preserve Traditional Dance Forms? The Example of Pepe”

Nigel Champion, “Bridging the Digital Divide”

Balthazar Moriguba, “Digitisation and Preservation of Papua New Guinea’s Audio Heritage”

Neil R. Coulter, Book reviews: The Theory and Practice of the Music in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Papua New Guinea by Jennifer J. Jones; Songs from the Second Float: A Musical Ethnography of Tak? Atoll, Papua New Guinea by Richard Moyle

Copies of the journal can be ordered from the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies: fax: +675 325-0531; email: