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Unformatted text preview: handed down through generations until it became widely popular amongst Americans within a genre of “soul music”, which is still used to this day in some churches. Unlike African culture, Polynesian music traditions were mostly lost after the 19 th century. Before then, their favorite instruments included the drum, slit-drum, bamboo pipes, rattles, tapping sticks, pebbles, the nose flute, ocarinas and even the shell trumpet. The dancers would match the rhythm of the instruments by wearing such skirts as the Maori reed skirt made from flax seeds, while the singers chanted on. Ever since the Europeans and Americans opened contact with them, they introduced chordophones, like the guitar and the ukulele, which, became two of the most popular instruments in all of Polynesia. Their old music traditions were westernized, although, there are still small parts where it can be heard today and is used as a tourist attraction....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course IAH 208 taught by Professor Bonge during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.
- Fall '08