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Hearing the Future: The Music and Magic of the Sanguma Band

Denis Crowdy


What can we learn about postcolonial history, culture, people, and processes of change in analyzing differences between how people imagined their nation might sound, and how it actually came to sound? The music and activity of a band in the largest nation in Melanesia, Papua New Guinea is explored; a band called Sanguma. Sanguma heard an imagined future and performed it during a critical time socially and politically for the region. This is a kind of hearing akin to the forward looking definition of “vision”—a hearing of the future. This book explores complex, international, cosmopolitan exper ... More

Keywords: Ethnomusicology, music, Melanesia, postcolonial, Papua New Guinea, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824851569
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Crowdy, author
Macquarie University