Sunday, 25 December 2011

va - Drums Of Bora Bora & Songs Of Tahiti [1956]



Side A is a collection of drum rhythms from a team of percussionists from Bora Bora who won an annual Bastille Day contest in Papeete. Side B brings some songs of the Tahitians. I decided to swap the two sides, because I think there's more to the songs than to the rhythms.

Lovely cover notes I couldn't be arsed to transcribe here tell the story of the contest, and how the teams from Bora Bora always used to win because, living in this paradise island, "with plenty of food on hand - fish, fruit, coconuts, chickens, pigs and poi," they had plenty of time to play.

Here it be: TH

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