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Take a canoe ride to Malaita, one of the more remote islands in the Solomon archipelago in the South Pacific, and you’ll hear them once the prow hits the lagoon: pan pipes, trilling and tooting. Log drums pounding. Stomping tubes stomping. The bass-like thwack and twang of the giant bamboo thong-o-phone. Voices singing, soaring and harmonising in songs that praise nature, revere ancestors and reflect on contemporary concerns; songs so funky and rocking you’ll be dancing on the beach, through the mangrove forest and all the way up the garden track that leads to the electricity-free Oterama Village and one of the world’s best kept secrets. Narasirato.

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