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Mongal String Band

Motu People

Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

Mongol village set at the edge of Kavieng, the capital city of New Ireland island, Papua New Guinea. Mongol String Band is the local string band of the village, which formed by the local male musicians and female dancers.

A style of music so unique to the Melanesian Pacific and still so prolific is stringband (guaranteed to make you smile) I first came across it producing ‘Tabaran’ in Rabaul, at the home of stringband,  Greg Seeto’s, Pacific Gold Studio’s. I fell in love with it and when we walked into Mongol Village whilst exploring Kavieng the capital of New Ireland, and discovered they had a village String band, (as most PNG villages do) we organised a session.


What is a stringband? Good question Tim, stringbands are bands made of strings, usually around four acoustic guitars all in open tunings, picking style playing different rolls; lead, rhythm and bass with a ukulele keeping the tempo and everyone sings in harmony. The Mongol Village band also had some percussion and dancers, and classic songs, we should have them finished to experience soon.

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