Music as territory

Aksim Siming and stringband music in the Madang area


  • Junichiro Suwa Hirosaki University



Aksim Siming, Madang, music, Papua New Guinea, stringband


This paper discusses sociocultural changes in music in post war Papua New Guinea, by presenting examples of under-researched early stringband activities in the Madang area. The musicians as social actors are seen to be undertaking an act of what the author calls ‘territorialization’, a means of cultural survival through music-making in an era of transition from traditional local chiefdom to modern independent state. The case of Aksim Siming of Kranket, a key figure in the early phases of Madang stringband music, will be presented, along with details of others who participated in guitar and bambooband activities.

Author Biography

Junichiro Suwa, Hirosaki University

Junichiro Suwa is an anthropologist with an interest in cultural survival and has conducted field research in contemporary music and traditional dances in Melanesia, throat singing in Tuva (Russia), and folk songs and kagura in Japan.


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How to Cite

Suwa, J. (2009). Music as territory: Aksim Siming and stringband music in the Madang area. Perfect Beat, 10(2), 197–219.