Performance culture in early colonial Rabaul, New Guinea, and the genesis of a Melanesian popular music scene


  • Michael Webb




musical performance, colonialism, world beat


discussions of the impact of new technologies upon communities of music aficionados. Michael Webb provides a detailed account of the development of musical practices in colonial Rabaul-on New Britain island, Papua New Guinea- in the 1920s and 1930s. His study emphasises the manner in which various syncretic, inter-cultural practices flourished at a particular colonial crossroads- albeit with various socio-political constraints- long before contemporary 'world beat' practices began to proliferate.


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How to Cite

Webb, M. (2015). A LONG WAY FROM TIPPERARY: Performance culture in early colonial Rabaul, New Guinea, and the genesis of a Melanesian popular music scene. Perfect Beat, 3(2), 32–59. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v3i2.28758