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List of Oceanic and Australian folk music traditions

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Dec 16, 2021

This is a list of folk music traditions, with styles, dances, instruments and other related topics. The term folk music can not be easily defined in a precise manner; it is used with widely varying definitions depending on the author, intended audience and context within a work. Similarly, the term traditions in this context does not connote any strictly-defined criteria. Music scholars, journalists, audiences, record industry individuals, politicians, nationalists and demagogues may often have occasion to address which fields of folk music are distinct traditions based along racial, geographic, linguistic, religious, tribal or ethnic lines, and all such peoples will likely use different criteria to decide what constitutes a “folk music tradition”. This list uses the same general categories used by mainstream, primarily English-language, scholarly sources, as determined by relevant statements of fact and the internal structure of works.

Lists of folk
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These traditions may coincide entirely, partially or not at all with geographic, political, linguistic or cultural boundaries. Very few, if any, music scholars would claim that there are any folk music traditions that can be considered specific to a distinct group of people and with characteristics undiluted by contact with the music of other peoples; thus, the folk music traditions described herein overlap in varying degrees with each other.

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Country Elements Dance Instrumentation Other topics
White Australian bush balladcountry music bush dance lagerphonewobbleboard
Indigenous Australian[1] Wangga dance didgeridoo songline
Cook Islander[2] imene metuaimene tuki koauaupaaterepurerehua
Easter Islander[2] kauahaupaupa
Fiji[2] meke i waumeke irimeke wesiseaseavakamalolo deruaslit drum
Hawaiian[3][4][5][6] hulakepakepameleoli hula ipupahupuniurattle
Maori[2] hakapoi
Marquesas Islander[2] haka puaka
Marshall Islander[2] Jebua
Papua New Guinea[7][8] string band garamut – kundu – rattlesusap haus tambaransing-sing
Samoan[2] hiva usu fa’ataupatima’ulu’ulu – sasa – siva Samoa lalilogo – nafa – pandanuspate ali’ifiafiatulafale
Solomon Islander[8] panpipe
Tahiti[2] himene tarava ‘aparima‘ote’a slit drum
Tongan[2] action-songhiva kakalakava papalangi lakalakame’etu’upaki‘otuhakaula conchlalinose-flute – nafa faikavafiafiahulohula
Tuvalu[2] fatele

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