Mervyn McLean is the acknowledged world authority on Māori music, author of the classic Traditional Songs of the Maori (AUP), as well as many other titles. This book is the best introduction available to Māori music – the instruments played, the songs and dance styles and what they were used for, performance, composition, teaching, etc. Based on 30 years of fieldwork that yielded 1300 recorded songs and hundred of pages of interviews and eyewitness accounts, this is a classic book.
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Extensively annotated for readers requiring further details but in a writing style refreshingly free from anthropological jargon, Maori Music represents a landmark in studies of Maori music. – Richard M. Moyle, Journal of the Polynesian Society