Better Than Christmas Songs: Melanesian Choral Music

Ransom Riggs

Unless you've lived in the South Pacific or are a big fan of Terrence Malick's war epic The Thin Red Line, which featured a few of these songs, chances are you probably haven't heard a lot of Melanesian choral music. Well, it's time to change that. It's entirely a capella, and there's something so warm and giant and soulful about it that listening to this stuff puts me in a kind of happy trance. Give it a listen and see if you don't agree. Be sure and turn those speakers up!

And a slower, more melancholy version of the above -- amazing.

This one translates from pidgin into "God you take my life." Haunting.

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