We are thrilled to be presenting our documentary ‘TRIP REPORT SOLOMON ISLANDS’ at the 45th annual Ethnomusicologist conference in Bangkok, Thailand. If you happen to be at the conference this year, we hope to see you! This film will also have its USA premier at the Rhode Island Film Festival this coming August.
ATWR visited the cuatro maestro Robert Munro at his home in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad to meet him. While sipping on rum & cokes, his apprentice and friend Dominic Thompson arrived for an impromptu performance of several songs, the last of which Robert showed us the way he originally heard the Venezuelan Joropo “El Gavilan”, and then plays his Trinidad parang rendition of the same song. Recorded in the fall of 2014. Robert Munro passed away in the spring of 2019.
We were warmly welcomed to stay overnight at the Melanesian Brotherhood in Tabalia, West Guadalcanal, to be sure to be ready to capture the early Sunday morning Mass. Novices spend three years before graduating to Brothers and as part of their daily cycles, rehearse these songs. Hear the Brotherhood singing, “The Creed (We Believe)