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Tongan rhythms

During the mid-semester break a group of us decided to leave New Zealand and visit one of the Pacific Islands, the Kingdom of Tonga. Besides its exotic nature I got really interested in the lifestyle of native Tongan people, especially their taste for music.

Each of the locals who was driving us around the island had a CD of ‘Tongan Remixes’ in his car. Remixes made up of 2 or 3 other well-know and popular (mainly American) songs were apparently the top choice for local Tongans. Indeed, the rhythms played by DJ Noiz, DJ Sake and Dj Eddie were easy to listen and would instantly set you up for a good start of the day. We could hear DJ Noiz in the shops, restaurants or in the backyards and every morning would sit in the local’s car and sing together the local tunes.

Here is a link to a sample remix created by DJ Noiz:

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