10 February, 2006

Rotuman Chants and Hymns - New CD launched

Taken from an article in the Fiji Times. The Rotuman community has launched a CD of songs of their ancestors. The CD titled, Rotuman Hymns and Chants, contains traditional chants and hymns depicting experiences of those who went to the Torres Strait in search of opportunities in the pearling industry. The migration of Rotumans to Torres Strait happened in the 1860s to the 1900s. One of the chants in the CD acknowledges Rotumans in Australia and gives special recognition to the presence of part-Rotumans in the Torres Strait. The chants also emphasise the importance of the Rotuman value of hard work and sharing. The CD, costs F$20.00 each and can be bought at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay. Note from GV : Rotuma is an island north of the Fiji group. Although, they are part of Fiji, they have more polynesian attributes and features.

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