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Moonlight Leta Volume 1: Musical Transitions (Marshallese String Band Music Today and Yesterday) (review)

Moonlight Leta Volume 1: Musical Transitions (Marshallese String Band Music Today and Yesterday)... the contemporary pacific · 22:1 (2010) music scene. Thus, two eras of island contemporary music are represented on Moonlight Leta Volume 1. It is noteworthy that, in the booklet that accompanies the cd, Stege designates the earlier body of work, little more than a quarter century old, as "traditional" string band music, differentiating it from more recent keyboarddriven popular music. Like Stege, many academics researching Oceanic music traditions have come across similar treasure troves, invariably in a state of slow deterioration due to tropical or subtropical environmental conditions. My own research in Tongan brass band traditions led me to just such an analog audio archive housed at the headquarters of the Tongan Broadcasting Corporation in Nuku`alofa. It pained me to see such valuable sound documentation suffering the inevitable ravages of time--all the more reason to applaud Stege's efforts in creating a digital archive that will not be susceptible to such detrimental environmental effects. As revealed in the cd notes, the producer's choices from the radio archive tend to focus on the most popular string bands from the "Battle of the Bands" era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which Stege refers to as the "pre-electronic music" era http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Moonlight Leta Volume 1: Musical Transitions (Marshallese String Band Music Today and Yesterday) (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 21, 2010

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the contemporary pacific · 22:1 (2010) music scene. Thus, two eras of island contemporary music are represented on Moonlight Leta Volume 1. It is noteworthy that, in the booklet that accompanies the cd, Stege designates the earlier body of work, little more than a quarter century old, as "traditional" string band music, differentiating it from more recent keyboarddriven popular music. Like Stege, many academics researching Oceanic music traditions have come across similar treasure troves, invariably in a state of slow deterioration due to tropical or subtropical environmental conditions. My own research in Tongan brass band traditions led me to just such an analog audio archive housed at the headquarters of the Tongan Broadcasting Corporation in Nuku`alofa. It pained me to see such valuable sound documentation suffering the inevitable ravages of time--all the more reason to applaud Stege's efforts in creating a digital archive that will not be susceptible to such detrimental environmental effects. As revealed in the cd notes, the producer's choices from the radio archive tend to focus on the most popular string bands from the "Battle of the Bands" era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which Stege refers to as the "pre-electronic music" era

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 21, 2010

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