beach and ocean percussion
language of music
Kim M. Russell, 27th August 2018
My response to Carpe Diem #1505 Haku Mele, the music of Hawaii
Today we are visiting Hawaii where , traditionally, music and dance was used to express praise, communicate genealogy and mythology, and accompany games, festivals and other secular events. It’s interesting that the Hawaiian language has no word that translates precisely as music, but has a diverse vocabulary to describe rhythms, instruments, styles and elements of voice production. They also make instruments out of a variety of things that can be found washed up on a beach: such sharkskin covered drums and water-worn lava stone castanets.