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Ifi Palasa - Tongan Brass (Pan Records)

Part of Pan Records brass band series, these are recordings made in Tongo by Ad and Lucia Linkels between 1982 and 1990 includes conch shell masters, Christian hymns, dance tunes, disco, marches and community performances pieces.


'...From the almost obligatory conch shell virtuosi through Methodist Hymns (one of which - Sovereignty - is still sung to by carol singers at Oughtibridge!), dance tunes that resemble quadrilles and polkas, to touristy disco tunes, marches and concert pieces (Royal Standard / Ida and Dot). There's also a tune based upon a song written by the late Queen Salote Tupou III, but to me it sounds for all the world like the Grimethorpe Colliery Band parading through Saddleworth on Whit Friday. These are all amateur, local bands and their joy in playing (and really well too) is evident - but nowhere more than on the Taufa'ahau College Band's exceptional reading of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture ... a true experience!' - Musical Traditions, UK

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