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Melanesian Mainstream: Stringband Music and Identity in Vanuatu

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Pacific Perspectives: Studies of the European Society for Oceanists

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Melanesian Mainstream

Stringband Music and Identity in Vanuatu

Sebastian T. Ellerich

266 pages, 21 figs., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-223-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (January 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-224-8 eBook

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Melanesia Mainstream is a valuable historical record of the genre offering much detail—detail that reflects Ellerich’s determination to tell the stringband story comprehensively.” • Lamont Lindstrom, University of Tulsa


Citizens of Vanuatu (ni-Vanuatu) perceive stringband music as a marker of national identity, an indicator of their cultural, stylistic, and musical heritage. Through extensive field and ethnographic research, Melanesian Mainstream offers a detailed historical record of the roots, context, evolution, and impact of stringband music. Beyond chronicling the genre’s history and cultural significance, this thorough monograph positions the genre’s musical hybridity, communal lyrics, and unique organizational structures as key factors in the anthropological understanding of ni-Vanuatu socio-cultural history.

Sebastian T. Ellerich is a lecturer at the Institute of Musicology of the University of Cologne. His research interests in the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology focus on Oceania. He is also a performing musician who plays with various groups and a music teacher specializing in the ukulele.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General)Anthropology (General)Performance Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific


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